Plans, develops, coordinates, inspects, and administers City tree plantings, landscape, and other improvement projects in parks, medians and right-of-way, and other public areas.
Manages Capital Improvement Program installation construction projects and other professional services contracts.
Researches, develops, and administers long-range planning for the sustainable management of the City’s urban forest and related natural resources.
Develops and plans tree inventories and management plans.
Researches and applies for grants to support urban forestry projects.
Engages the community in outreach, management plans, existing park renovations, and tree planning projects; determines needs and solicits feedback.
Develops technical specifications related to public landscape capital improvement projects and ensure that City standards are met and are developed with normally accepted construction practices and procedures.
Prepares bid documents; reads and interprets plans for review; develops project scopes.
Coordinates and directs projects affecting public with other City departments and agencies.
Updates and oversees the park and median tree inventories through the use of software systems, maintenance plans, and programs for the sustainable management of urban forests and landscape.
Plans, coordinates and hosts Arbor Day ceremonies and community tree planting events; oversees the City’s Tree USA certification annually.
Collaborates with resource specialists inside and outside the organization to foster an urban tree maintenance control program which includes detection, evaluation of severity, determination of treatment, and implementation of measures to prevent or suppress potential, threatening, or emerging insect infestations.
Train, develop, and assist other City departments, supervisors and employees in proper tree care and protection issues.
Prepares various documents; prepares and delivers formal presentations to Council, Parks and Recreation Planning Boards, and other boards, commissions, and citizen organizations.
Monitors, evaluates and oversees the health and safety of the urban forest and publicly communicates maintenance objectives.
Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.
Analyze and make recommendations to correct cultural, structure or pathological problems in the landscape; prioritize and act on citizen service requests, determine financial requirements of projects and programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of arboriculture, horticulture, construction techniques, irrigation systems; Federal, State, and local environmental and land use issues and ordinances applicable to urban forestry; State and Federal guidelines for grant administration; basic landscape design principles and methods.
Skill in: Communicating clearly both verbally and in writing; using computers; adapting to new technology; making measurements using surveying equipment; completing complex mathematical calculations and measurements; reading and interpreting plans and blue prints; preparing landscape plans and bid documents; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must possess mobility to work in and around City buildings and facilities, to operate a motor vehicle and drive on surface streets; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, and to operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking in operational areas to complete construction inspections. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, and reach when completing inspections. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 50 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Environmental Science, Horticulture, or related field.
Two (2) years of urban forestry experience within a municipality.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
Texas Class C driver's license (must obtain within 30 days of hire per state law).
International Society of Arborists (ISA) certification.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must pass a drug test, driver’s license check, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.
Additional Salary Information: SALARY DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS
Urban forestry experience within a municipality