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The Townsend Corporation Assistant (Groundsperson) in Zionsville, Indiana

* for Townsend Residential (Tree) Service *

Townsend Residential provides residential tree trimming, stump removal and a variety of additional debris removal services to business office complexes, golf courses and communities governed by homeowner’s associations.

As an operating unit of the larger Townsend Corporation, Townsend Residential 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

An Assistant is responsible for preparing the job site, load and unloading trucks with logs, brush, and debris. This position services and maintains equipment, directs traffic, and cleans up the job site. An Assistant will assist tree crews by working on the ground, handing tools and heavy materials to crew members.

Duties Include

Essential Functions:

  • Passes tools to tree crew members by acting as a general helper on the ground

  • Clears undergrowth from right-of-way by using hand tools or saws

  • Piles debris to clear paths and performs general clean-up of job sites

  • Flags traffic to protect employees and the public from injury

  • Uses a chainsaw to cut brush, logs, and stumps of larger trees

  • Gathers brush and feeds brush into woodchippers

  • Works in all temperatures and weather and will be exposed to nature, such as irritating plants, insects, dust, etc.

  • Works around falling limbs with protection

  • Operates the controls for winches, booms and spray equipment

  • Lays out materials, tools, and equipment at work site and furnishes to climbers

  • Follows hand, voice or other signals in operating associated equipment

  • Services gasoline, air and hand-powered tools, and other tree-related equipment

  • Gives and relays hand signals and directs traffic

  • Drives and operates trucks and equipment as assigned

Secondary Duties:

  • Demonstrates knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to use lowering techniques, saw maintenance and devices as related to tree work in the field

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to prune various trees species properly

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to tie basic knots including but not limited to bowline, Blake’s hitch, taut-line hitch, and clove hitch

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to learn proper tree groundwork

  • Performs other duties as assigned

What You'll Bring to the Team

  • Must be able to wear necessary PPE as per task assigned

  • Must be able to drive an approved company vehicle safely

  • Must be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, such as rain, heat, sun, cold

  • Must be able to traverse various terrains

  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the reporting location

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License

  • Must have an acceptable driving record

  • May be required to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination to obtain the appropriate Commercial Driver’s License

  • Must be able to meet all physical requirements of the position

  • Pass all drug and alcohol screens as required by Company policy and, if applicable, required by DOT regulation

  • Be at least 18 years of age, or 21 if CDL is required

  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


  • Experience with a tree care/maintenance program, including but not limited to: operations of stump grinders, chippers, chipper trucks, bucket trucks, and other tree-related equipment

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 assure 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.


ID: 2021-1613

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Post End Date: 3/6/2021