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Training Specialist - Forestry

The Townsend Corporation

Location: Muncie, Indiana US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: High School or Equivalent
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: January 27, 2022
Reference Code:

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Townsend Tree Service is an operating unit of The Townsend Corporation providing tree-trimming, clearance, and integrated vegetation management services for power and communication lines, pipelines, and roadways.

We possess extensive equipment capabilities and resources, with one of the largest fleets of All Terrain Aerial Buckets (ATAB), Right-of-Way (ROW) brush mowers, spray application equipment, and other specialty tools.

With the use of modern IVM techniques and advanced herbicides that target invasive species, Townsend provides the best in habitat management. With our research partners, Townsend helps redefine right of way stewardship, producing benefits like improved motorist safety, better service crew access, lower maintenance costs, improved drainage, and enhanced aesthetics.

As an operating unit of the larger Townsend Corporation, Townsend Tree Service is held to the same commitment to safety and quality. These are the same standards that have guided the Townsend Corporation for over six decades.


Position Description
The Training Specialist - Forestry monitors and participates in safety and training related activities of:

  1. Forestry work crews engaged in multi-state and large project vegetation management on utility operations, including but not limited to electric power lines, electric facilities, and pipeline operations
  2. Work crews engaged in multi-state and large project power line construction operations
  3. Persons engaged in chemical blending and packing operations
  4. Persons working in administrative or shop locations
  5. Any combination of the above, but primarily on forestry work crews


Duties Include
Essential Functions:

  • Accountable for the operational training of their assigned geographic region
  • Assist in the development and/or implementation of a continuous program of safety education and inspection
  • Works with field supervision and the Safety and Training Department to investigate personal injury, vehicle, and property accidents, assisting with filing accident reports and compiling accident statistics
  • Schedules weekly crew visits for the purpose of giving training and safety-related guidance, assistance, and support
  • Provides training and safety assistance to assure crew compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations regarding health and safety
  • Conducts periodic inspections of worksites and vehicles to determine compliance with health and safety regulations and standards
  • Issues written citations to forepersons or employees found to violate health and safety standards
  • Implements approved safety policies and programs to assure optimum safety conditions
  • Confers with management and customers in the identification of training needs and recommends various training programs and procedures
  • Prepares, participates in, and/or conducts training classes in their assigned geographic region, obtaining the services of specialists when necessary
  • Selecting or developing instructional aides such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, and/or reference works
  • Assists in the assessment of the job knowledge of employees and monitoring their progress in training initiatives
  • Ensures compliance with all contract and regulatory safety and training specifications and requirements
  • Maintains open communication with Vice President of Safety & Training on all job-related issues and activities
  • Understands and enforces all company safety and training policies and procedures
  • Attends internal and external training courses which pertain to improving and developing job-related skills
  • Attends departmental and other safety and training meetings
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by Vice President of Safety & Training


What You'll Bring to the Team
Minimum Qualifications 

  • Possesses a valid Driver's License and a company-approved driving record
  • Possesses or obtains a Commercial Driver's License within six months of being hired and continues to maintain a company approved driving record
  • Ability to pass drug and/or alcohol test as mandated by corporate policy
  • Possesses or obtains Certified Tree Worker Safety Professional (CTSP) designation within one year of hire date
  • Possesses or obtains CPR/First Aid Instructor's certification within six months of being hired

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local and health and safety laws, regulations, and standards
  • Knowledge of electrical line clearing hazards and tree trimming and vegetation management operations
  • Ability to read and understand work orders, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Knowledge of the proper methods of preparing training lessons and conducting training classes and the ability to conduct training classes in a wide variety of areas
  • Ability to communicate with others at all levels of the organization and to assimilate and understand information, in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
  • Ability to operate assigned equipment
  • Ability to make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively

Education / Experience

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a Foreman on a tree trimming or herbicide application crew or two (2) years as a General Foreman managing herbicide crews and/or tree trimming crews and large multi-state projects
  • Applicable developmental and motivational skills
  • Able to hear, speak and see as well as have strong communication skills
  • Computer literate; must have basic operational knowledge including electronic mail, word processing, and spreadsheets


Why Townsend?
Townsend's number one core value is Safety; we operate a strict Drug-Free workplace. A condition of employment is passing a drug screening and routine background checks. Vehicle operators will be required to have and maintain safe driving records and licenses.

Our goal is to ensure that all employees work safely and return home safely to their families every day.


Competitive Benefits + Compensation
Townsend and its family of companies are committed to employees, their development, and their well-being. Townsend offers full-time employees with a variety of voluntary benefit plans.

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Paid Time Off to balance Work and Family
  • Health Care
  • Vision Care
  • Dental Care
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • 401K Plan
  • Life Insurance

These benefits help employees and their families to maintain a high quality of life, both professionally and personally.

The Townsend Corporation and its family of companies are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.