Arlington, Virginia
Sep 29, 2017
Oct 20, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: URBAN FOREST MANAGER Closing Date/Time: Thu. 10/19/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $2,180.00 - $3,753.60 Biweekly
$56,680.00 - $97,593.60 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2700 South Taylor Street, Arlington, Virginia       Do you have leadership or program management experience in forestry, horticulture, or environmental planning? Are you passionate about preserving the health of the forest and trees in the urban environment of our community? Arlington County Government is recruiting for a leadership position in the Urban Forestry Management Unit. This supervisory position is responsible for strategic oversight of both the operational and technical aspects of tree planting, preservation, and compliance to align with the Arlington Urban Forest Master Plan which benefits forest health and tree canopy coverage in Arlington County. The employee will be responsible for supervising, guiding, training and supporting a staff of 12; and collaborating and with senior management, urban forestry commissions/committees, volunteer organizations, citizen groups, and other County agencies to address urban forestry needs and implement County goals and objectives.

Duties include:
  • Managing updating and implementing Arlington's Urban Forest Master Plan, including public processes for community input and County Board adoption;
  • Implementing policies, procedures, and planning documents that reflect departmental and county priorities for urban forest management;
  • Reviewing and providing insight on tree-related components during planning processes, including Park Master Plans, Sector Plans, Streetscape Standards, major Site Plans and Arlington Public Schools projects;
  • Researching, developing and implementing best practices for tree preservation, planting and maintenance;
  • Overseeing initiatives to assess forest health, determine canopy coverage, and inventory current conditions;
  • Ensuring that developers, agencies, residents and staff comply with local, state and federal regulations and conditions for tree preservation and landscape plans; and
  • Managing the unit's operational budget, identifying new or changing programmatic needs, and aligning current staffing and operational resources.

The successful candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills to make presentations and prepare written reports. Strong interpersonal skills are desired to facilitate conflict resolution and work with a diverse staff and community.
 Selection Criteria: Minimum: A Bachelor's degree in forestry, environmental educational, landscape program management, horticulture or a closely related field and progressively responsible experience in the area of program management/administration in the forestry field.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Reading landscape plans, blueprints, and engineering plans as they relate to tree impacts, preservation and planting;
  • Leading/overseeing forestry-related planning/policy initiatives;
  • Collaborating and working with diverse stakeholders and partners, including inter-departmental staff, developers, volunteer organizations and the general public; and/or
  • Using GIS, and canopy analysis software linked to digital aerial photos and satellite imagery to track street trees and tree canopies.

Preference may also be given to candidates with certification as an arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture or a Master's degree in forestry, horticulture, urban or environmental planning or a related field.
 Special Requirements: Employee will be required to operate a County vehicle to perform assigned duties away from the primary worksite.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
 Additional Information: This is a 40 hour a week position with the majority of work Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. However, some weekend and evening hours will be required.

This employee must be available for callback and holdover in emergency situations. The employee serves in a lead role during emergency operations to clear County streets of fallen trees and branches during major storms.

Work may be performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions, or indoors depending on the work assignment.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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