So two weeks down and over, and I am enjoying and learning.
A couple of situations are present I never have had to deal with before.
First off I was hired as a ground guy with some experience....and a willingness to assist whatever might be needed to get the job done which does not always mean being on the ground. Let me say my wage reflects my lot in life, if I strictly was on the ground. Three times in the last weeks I have been tasked to clip large and high cedar hedges by myself, and with no direct supervision. For the record hedges in general are not my favourites, but they come with the territory. Nor is tetering at the top of a 15 foot step ladder while hefting a power pruner with hedging attachment/head. I seriously believe climbing a tree would be less physical; at least once you get up there, it is all about working down if you have planned your climb right in most cases. I must have climbed that $#*! ladder fifty times at least last place. You/I know advancement is the name of the game, but hedges are a no brainer which I unfortunately seem to be reasonably competant at; job 2 rated a phone call from the customer saying she was extremely satisfied with the job we both did. The hedge bill Friday was $450; I worked five hours by myself on the task, and got the princely sum of $60. Am I being unreasonable in expecting a little more if I am expected to carry out hedge trimming and smaller tree pruning tasks as well, especially two weeks into the job?????
Second point, company has three climbing arborists, and I am the only ground guy. It is confusing enough trying to get it right for three different people; I do respect climbers have specific ways they want things done but keeping this all in separate "pockets" is not always easy given I can be assigned to any of them any day. Then there are the jobs where I am expected to keep two climbers happy at the same time-eg one says put the bull rope away, and I start that, and the other decides he wants to use it to lower another branch. I will have to get everyone's likes and dislikes straight in my mind, but dealing with two bosses at the same job site is enough to drive me nuts. Makes you appreciate a military chain of command system, and I think I am going to have to politely say to the owner that working for two arborists at the same time is OK, but only one can be telling me what to do ie as a foreman except in emergency situations or as it directly deals with supporting the other climber in the tree. Anyone else out there ever have a similar experience?? For the record all three guys are really decent individuals.