Organic PHC (Plant Health Care) Technician

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.

Hawthorne, NY, United States , Hawthorne , NY - 10532

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.

Job Description

Job Title: OrganicPHC (Plant Health Care) Technician

Department: All

Reports To: Branch Manager

Basic Function

Almstead Organic PHC (Plant Health Care) Technicians work with the latest technology and information in treating our customers’ plant health care problems with all organic solutions using compost tea and granular soil amendments. As an Organic PHC Technician, you will possess a strong horticultural background, as well as field experience that is necessary to help you identify different plants and shrubs, and indicators of possible plant health problems. You will evaluate, monitor and treat for insect and disease conditions as well as soil conditions. You work closely with Arborists, providing critical feedback and recommending the appropriate treatments to plant health care problems. We work hard at making sure our PHC Technicians are the best in the business, from getting the right people, to continually providing them with the resources, tools, and education they need to remain leaders in the industry.


  • Diagnose insect, disease, and cultural/environmental conditions.

  • Evaluate recommended treatment options; priority placed on solution-based organic care options.

  • Ensure proper filling/mixing procedures and material dilution are followed.

  • Brew highly effective compost tea.

  • Perform air excavation of root zones to relieve compaction.

  • Understand and operate state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Learn/understand insect & disease life cycles, plant biology, and soil biology.

  • Perform accurate and timely record-keeping.

  • Maintain a safe and controlled work environment.

  • Adhere to company safety, state and local regulations.

  • Operate, calibrate, and maintain equipment.

  • Maintain open communication with consulting Arborists and clients to provide feedback on plant health care issues.


  • Two/four year degree in arboriculture, horticulture (or related field), or minimum three years’ industry/field experience.

  • Enthusiastic about what you do and the ability to work extra hours when needed.

  • Knowledge of common trees & shrubs.

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

  • Valid driver’s license.