Bellevue is known as "A City in a Park," with a park system comprised of 2,700 acres of parks and open space. Bellevue Parks & Community Services (PCS) builds a healthy community through and an integrated system of exceptional parks, natural areas, recreation, arts and culture, and broad base of community services. We believe in a system of fairness where equity acknowledges and removes disparities in opportunities, power, and resources so that everyone can reach their full potential and thrive. PCS practices equity, which is the responsibility of every individual in the department. Equitable access is a right, not a privilege, which is fundamental to our mission of serving all people. Through equitable policies and practices, we cultivate ties that connect people to the fabric of our community. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace our future while respecting our past.
Bellevue's Parks & Community Services Department has a unique opportunity for you as the Street Tree and Arterial Landscape (STAL) Program Supervisor. This position is part of an interdisciplinary team that helps ensures the integrity of Bellevue’s urban forests, specifically the arterial landscaping along Bellevue ROW that helps create Bellevue’s City in a Park character.
This position leads the STAL section of PCS Natural Resource Division and reports to the Natural Resource Manager. The STAL workgroup is responsible for maintaining Right or Way (ROW) landscaping installed through the Transportation Capital Improvement Program (CIP). It also maintains both private and public installed trees located within the Central Business District (CBD) ROW. This includes approximately 10,000 street trees and 200 acres of formally landscaped beds. Routine maintenance, rotational street tree pruning, and renovation projects are primarily accomplished through a combination of in-house staff and contracted landscape and tree service companies.
The STAL work group is comprised of 8 staff and includes both technical unrepresented and represented field staff. This position provides the leadership, strategic direction, and subject matter expertise to meet departmental and citywide goals related to the health, protection, expansion, and preservation of the City's street tree programs and city-managed arterial landscapes.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Develops STAL program goals and objectives, workload plans, timelines, standards, and procedures.
Provides guidance and management support to the STAL team to ensure operations are in alignment with Department and City priorities.
Oversees STAL hiring, training, and evaluation to successfully retain, promote, and onboard a diverse and exceptional team.
Develops and tracks STAL operational and CIP budgets to ensure budgets remain on target.
Provides oversight of STAL contract development and contractor compliance.
Provides development review and inspections services for private and public development projects to ensure compliance with STAL standards.
Creates performance measurements to measure and evaluate results for continuous process improvement.
Develops and delivers STAL program related presentations to the public, staff, and policy makers.
Develops management plans, Council memos, and management briefs.
Serves as a member of the City’s urban design, tree canopy, and other teams planning, constructing, and managing formal ROW landscapes.
Coordinates with engineers, planners, managers, and field practitioners to solve issues related to preserving and expanding green infrastructure.
Implements new approaches to enhance collaboration with peers across the city to amplify efforts.
Interacts with both staff and the public to provide technical information and develop consensus when applicable.
Works closely with the Finance and HR to help ensure compliance with applicable contractual and personnel rules and regulation.
Works closely with the Water Conservation and Irrigation Program to ensure design, installation, and maintenance of ROW irrigation systems
Provide exceptional customer service to public, city departments, volunteer organizations and other governmental agencies as needed.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies
A demonstrated dedication to on-going learning of diversity, equity & inclusion, and a commitment to implement these principals in the workplace.
Thorough working knowledge of STAL design, construction, and maintenance concepts and processes.
Competent knowledge and ability associated of budget development and management.
Competent with basic computer skills and experience associated with Microsoft Office suite including, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to motivate and engage staff at multiple levels to provide the highest level of customer service possible.
Ability to listen, empathize, accept opposing points of view, and reach consensus.
Competent oral and written communication skills. Ability of develop and present information to a wide raging audience including peers, management, policy makers, and the public.
Competent decision-making skills. Ability to make decisions necessary to plan, organize, implement, evaluate, and communicate work effectively.
Ability to read, interpret and comment on landscape architectural plans and specifications. Working knowledge of ARC GIS and Bluebeam software desired.
Ability to work and perform effectively with little or no supervision.
Efficient and Effective problem-solving skills
Ability to estimate project costs and schedule work.
Working knowledge of irrigation systems.
Education & Experience
Graduation from an accredited four-year college university with a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, Horticulture, Resource Management, Landscape Architecture, or job-related field of study, and/or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Five or more years of progressive experience related to work associated with a comprehensive Street Tree and Arterial Landscape Program.
Three years of supervisory experience related to the direct supervision of staff, contractors, and/or volunteers.
Experience analyzing urban landscape conditions and making recommendations to improve site function and performance.
Experience developing and managing workload plans.
Experience developing and managing budgets.
ISA Arborist Certification desirable.
TCS (Traffic Control Supervisor) Certification desirable.
Washington State Driver’s license, or the ability to get and obtain one within 30 days of hire.
Selected candidate must pass a criminal background check
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be meet by and employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is done in both office and field environments in all type of weather conditions.
Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reaching with hands and arms.
Individuals must have adequate hearing and visual acuity to successfully perform the essential job responsibilities and requirements of the position.
Individuals must be able to hear and understand verbal communications and other outside sound sources. Vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The employee may be required to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 40 lbs.
The noise level in the work environment is typically moderately quiet.
At the City of Bellevue, you'll be part of a team committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and advancing the community vision. The five essential and enduring principles that guide our individual actions, our interactions, and our decision making in the City of Bellevue organization is: exceptional public service, stewardship, committee to employees, integrity, and innovation. You'll work in an environment that is innovative, collaborative, future focused, and committed to excellence. Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past. It's what makes the City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live, and explore.