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Lewis Tree Service, Inc General Foreman-Local 1249 in Brewster, New York


At Lewis, we provide the stability of a long-standing, employee-owned company with the progressive nature of a growing, improvement-minded future. We’re the second-largest utility vegetation management company in North America… and always growing.

We’re in the people success business, we just happen to trim trees.

Why you’ll love being part of the Lewis Family:

  • We are empowered to share our talents. We care deeply. We conquer challenges. We respect our differences. We trust each other. We keep each other safe. Together, we do great things.

  • We offer for Non-Union positions:

  • Competitive pay ($39.45 hourly)

  • Specialized paid training & certifications

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Affordable health insurance plans including Dental, Vision and Health Savings Accounts

  • Retirement plans including Employee stock ownership and 401(k) plan

  • Paid time off

  • Employee assistance program

We Believe…

  • That everyone on the team matters

  • That we don’t constrain workers in order to create safety, we ask workers what they need to do work safely, reliably, and productively.

  • That workers aren’t the problem; workers are the problem solvers.

  • That through diversity we build strength

  • That being an employee-owned company (ESOP), it provides future financial stability for our employees

  • That when you join the Lewis Tree Team, your potential is unlimited

Why you'll love this Job:

  • You love the outdoors: you enjoy varying environments/weather, not afraid to get dirty, adventurous

  • You are open to new ideas: willing to listen and observe, humble

  • You are self-motivated: driven, strong work ethic, willing to “do what it takes”

  • You are adaptable: can think on your feet, nimble, flexible

  • You are collaborative: strong people skills, able to give and receive constructive feedback, willing to speak-up

What you’ll do as a General Foreperson at Lewis:

  • Lead the team, including Asst. General Forepersons and Forepersons, ensuring successful production results and creating and a positive team environment.

  • Work Oversight & Safety

  • Plan and manage production, bid new work, understanding revenue targets

  • Work together with utility foresters/inspectors to clarify work specifications, coordinate work audits/inspections and address customers issues

  • Visit work sites frequently. Review the Pre-Job Hazard Survey at each job site; inspect work in progress and ensure it conforms to standards; enforce on the job safety practices

  • Takes lead role in safety to ensure the well-being of employees, customers and the public.

  • Personnel Management

  • Ensures that employees receive training to prepare for job assignments

  • Appraises performance of employees to communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback as a means for improvement

  • Identify and develop high potential employees for leadership succession

  • Maintain records and documentation related to man-hours; equipment and tool use; material inventory and storage; accident/incident reports; property-related permission and permits; customer records; labor disputes; and other job-specific records

  • Collaborate with the Corporate office for time keeping, billing, employee relations, contract support and recruiting

What you’ll need:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Leadership experience in the utility line clearance industry at the Foreperson or Asst. General Foreperson position

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of trees including identification, growth habits and correct arboriculture techniques for the trimming, pruning, repairing, maintaining and removing, as applicable to working in close proximity to energized conductors.

  • Understanding of drawings and symbols representing types of lines, voltage, line equipment, etc.

  • Ability to perform physical labor such as lifting a minimum of 50 lbs. to shoulder height or more.

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Have a valid driver’s license, CDL and/or medical certificate required for the vehicle being operated.

  • Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR cards.

  • Pass a pre-employment drug test, background check, and job duty skills tests.

Our DEI Promise:

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is key to the success of our business. We respect the differences among us, and we leverage those differences to create an environment where all employees feel welcome and fairly treated. We seek the best solutions possible by attracting and engaging a diverse workforce where all perspectives are sought and valued.

Lewis Tree Service is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity for both applicants and employees. Lewis Tree Service prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment of employees and applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age (40+), religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic, all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, apprenticeship, promotion, demotion, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Lewis Tree Service’s practices and policies are administered in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.




  • Decision Making: Intermediate


  • Work Planning: Intermediate

  • Supervisory Skills: Advanced

  • Operation and Control: Intermediate

  • Management: Advanced

  • Communication: Advanced

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