The Davey Tree Expert Company

Vegetation Management Railroad Intern (Summer 2023)

Kent, OH, US, 44240 Clayton, MO, US, 63105 Crystal Lake, IL, US, 60012 Council Bluffs, IA, US, 51503 Eldridge, IA, US, 52748 Chicago, IL, US, 60604 Chicago, IL, US, 60612 St. Louis, MO, US, 63129 Rochester, MN, US, 55904 Plymouth, MN, US, 55447 Acton, MA, US, 1720 South Bend, IN, US, 46628 Schaumburg, IL, US, 60173 Boston, MA, US, 2110 St. Louis, MO, US, 63119 Des Moines, IA, US, 50309

Additional Locations: Traveling position

Primary Locations: OH, Kent, 1500 N. Mantua St., 44240, IA, Council Bluffs , 2606 Railroad Hwy, 51503, IA, Des Moines, 400 East Court Avenue, 50309, IA, Eldridge, 2250 E. LeClaire Road, 52748, IL, Chicago, 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 814, 60604, IL, Chicago, 340 N. Hoyne, 60612, IL, Crystal Lake, 8733A Ridgefield Road, 60012, IL, Schaumburg, 1375 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 204, 60173, IN, South Bend, 3605 Gagnon St, 46628, MA, Acton, 52 Knox Trail, 1720, MA, Boston, 155 Federal Street, Suite 700, 02110, MN, Plymouth, 2500 Fernbrook Ln. N., 55447, MN, Rochester, 3930 Highway 14 E, 55904, MO, Clayton, 120 South Central Avenue, 63105, MO, St. Louis, 6264 Lemay Ferry Road, 63129, MO, St. Louis, 954 DesPeres Avenue, 63119 

Requisition ID: 172882

Position Overview

The Vegetation Management Rail Intern will gain meaningful experience to compliment the academic experience at a college or university.  They will learn how to provide our rail clients with the services and solutions needed to efficiently and effectively manage trees and vegetation along railroad right-of-ways and facilities by performing the following duties.

Experience Offered:

  • Job experience with a company that has over 140 years of service in the green industry
  • Leadership experience by shadowing a strong management team
  • An opportunity to travel with transportation and living expenses covered by your employer
  • A national reputation for stewardship and excellence
  • An organization that promotes motivated, team-focused professionals and focuses on continuing education and training opportunities
  • Commitment to safety every day



40-50 hours per week, Monday-Friday with some Saturdays required. 

Job Duties

What you’ll do:  Manage vegetation near or along railroads by performing the following duties:

  • Work safely and independently in the outdoors under a wide range of conditions and weather types
  • Inspect trees and vegetation around railroads and identify common defects and hazardous conditions
  • Understand and apply a variety of regulations and compliance standards
  • Identify local tree species, weeds, or other vegetation, and recognize common diseases and pests
  • Learn financial aspects of operating tree trimming and pruning crews for right-of-way maintenance and management
  • Apply pesticides to control vegetation under the supervision of a certified applicator


Essential Requirements:

  • Must have enthusiasm for the green and growing world
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated ability to report for work regularly and punctually
  • Collaboration and communication skills



  • Studying Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Design, Forestry or related discipline in a 2 or 4-year program
  • Driver’s license required. Commercial driver’s license highly valuable.   
  • Pesticide/applicators License preferred
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Ability to pass criminal background check in compliance with eRailSafe.  Specific details can be found here:

Additional Information

What you’ll earn to build your career:  In this paid internship, you will gain meaningful hands-on experience while learning important leadership and safety skills critical to the tree care, utility, and right-of-way maintenance industry.  In addition to your experience, you’ll also gain these meaningful industry-recognized credentials to add to your resume:


  • eRailSafe – required safety and security credentials for working with Davey’s largest client, Canadian Pacific Railroad.
  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) training, also called On-Track Safety – required safety training in compliance with federal regulations to prevent accidents and injuries to employees and contractors caused by moving railroad cars, locomotives, or roadway maintenance machines striking roadway workers or roadway maintenance machines.  
  • State pesticide applicators license

After successful completed of the Davey Rail Internship program, there is potential for opportunities for full time employment, along with potential opportunities in our accelerated management development track program. 

Company Overview

Invest in your future. Join one of the largest employee-owned companies in the nation!  Davey has a unique culture that focuses on the open exchanging of ideas, community partnership, a commitment to safety, and delivering unrivaled client service while acting as industry leaders in horticultural and environmental services.  


We are currently looking to add a dynamic utility tree trimmer to our passionate team of utility line clearance professionals. Your office is outdoors, and you get a new view every day! 

Divisional Overview


We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.  As a service provider, our success depends upon our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, regardless of their age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or other protected characteristics as established by federal, state or local law. 

The Davey Tree Expert Company has U.S. and Canadian operations in more than 47 states and five provinces and provides a variety of tree care, grounds maintenance and consulting services for the residential, utility, commercial, and government markets. Founded in 1880, Davey has been employee-owned for 40 years and has more than 10,000 employees who provide Proven Solutions for a Growing World. For more information, visit

If you need any assistance at any time please contact us at 1-877-411-7601 or at


Employment Type: Intern 
Job Type: Full Time 
Travel Expectations: Up to 50% 

Davey is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and considers all qualified employees and applicants for all positions regardless of their age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, or other protected characteristics as established by federal, state, or local law.  It is our mandate that all matters related to the terms and conditions of employment and all treatment on the job be free of discrimination.  In addition, harassment based on any protected characteristic is strictly prohibited.

To preview Davey’s relevant EO/AA plan, please submit a written request to: The Davey Tree Expert Company, Attn: HR, 1500 N. Mantua Street, Kent, Ohio 44240.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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