Indeed has worked really well for us.
I think I’m finally in a decent position, need to give it time through the summer to find out.@evo, be sure to advertise that you're in the dry part of Western Washington... You're a bit rain-shadowy, right?
Ok, not dry.
I had a neck-down raker position to fill for one week...a guy my employee knew. Turns out he was on methadone. Very Short trial period. He was really confused when I said it was time to go, you're a pain in the ass, don't come back.
Shelton is 22 miles from Olympia, only 12 miles from me. If you need a needle, just go to the park bathroom, it used to be a good park, built by the community.
If downers aren't your thing, it's a meth hotspot, if no longer capital of the NW, or so I've heard.
Machines, mini, Honda/ Simpson capstan, and your skills.
Can you mechanize more? Power your material handling? Electric Arbor Trolley? Mucktruck (SP?)? Mini?
Can you "down-skill" your position to match your needs: driver, material processer, assistant under supervision, rather than pro treeworker until finding a pro.
It's what I've found successful... Keep good employees for as long as possible... often they have another thing going (school, firefighting season, etc).
Use lesser employees to do lower skill functions, and be proficient at doing everything myself. The mini and I can feed the chipper in needed, and a laborer can drag and rake.
Are your rates reflecting the difficulty/ expense of a laborer or skilled ground worker? Do you need to pay $35 per hour to afford life there/ make commuting worthwhile? $30? $25? $40?
It's tough to be limited by the labor-pool!
A large part of the issue is my county was the fastest growing county in the state before the recession, now that things have picked back up all available labor are pounding nails.A remote for the mini is something I would do!!
What pays $25/ hour with no experience up there? I'm not familiar with that anywhere? No experience at least means no bad tree-specific habits.
I mean, if they are worth $25, sure.
Have you considered a contract climber? Maybe I've asked. A contract climber while training the new guy to do groundwork effectively might give you a big oomph of bang-it-out-itude.
What is the job you need done?
Basically assist you?
Be able to fell trees?
Limb, chip, buck felled trees?
Operate the mini?
Is there a way to be able to keep a person busy, FT, doing other things you wouldn't do otherwise? Other outdoor services while you prune?
It's funny, people who live here commute to the mainland all the time for work. Not so much the other way around.If they wanted full time work, can you provide a shop day for the right individual?
My trucks are older, but just got 5-10 years washed off my chip trucks on Friday...an hour of scrubbing made each look much newer. You know the Olympia green-tint job.
You would probably benefit by giving some travel time/ distance from the mainland. Some people commute silly distances, IMO, but they do what they do. Might be rooted on the mainland with kids and such.
Short of the ideal candidate, what are you looking for? What is your regular schedule/ or what would you adjust to?