Jan 18, 2019
Feb 15, 2019
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Position Information

Do you have leadership or program management experience in Forestry, Landscape Planning and Operations, Conservation and Interpretation, or Natural Resources Management? Are you passionate about preserving and improving the health of the urban forest, cultural resource management and preservation and management of natural resources in an urban community?
Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is recruiting for a leadership position in the Parks and Natural Resources (PNR) Division's Environmental Operations and Planning Section. This senior level position is responsible for strategic oversight of both the planning and operational aspects of Arlington County's Urban Forestry, Environmental Landscape and Planning Operations, Natural Resource Management, Conservation and Interpretation and Park Ranger units.

Home to over 225,000 residents, Arlington County sustains a healthy urban forest, with over 40% tree canopy, 19,000 street trees, and natural resource areas supporting a wide array of wildlife not always seen in urban environments. Managing these resources requires an exciting mix of public engagement, managing a large team of professionals and working to utilize the latest science and technology to enhance and protect our park system. This position coordinates the operational and planning of these resources in our parks, and in compliance with our local ordinances.

The Deputy to the Division Chief, has a leadership role in guiding and facilitating planning processes, strategic initiatives, process improvements, and policies that support the division's mission to preserve/enhance natural resources and provide environmental stewardship. This includes working with departmental and inter-departmental leadership, public commissions and committees, volunteer organizations, citizen groups, Arlington Public Schools, and outside local and state government agencies, such as Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Specific Duties include:

  • Overseeing County-wide Urban Forestry functions, to include the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on County property, developing and implementing both long and short-term strategies and policies to enhance tree canopy and forest health and updating and implementing recommendations in Arlington's Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP);
  • Reviewing, approving and overseeing development plans and construction projects to ensure compliance with County ordinances and tree preservation/planting requirements, hazard tree assessments for County-owned trees and civic engagement with stakeholder groups as well as the public to promote and facilitate best management practices for forest health;
  • Managing PNR's Natural Resources Management Unit to provide stewardship for the preservation and management of natural resources on County owned and managed open spaces, to include the implementation and compliance with the County's Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP), the production and oversight of individual management plans for Natural Resource Conservation areas (NRCA's);
  • Managing the Conservation and Interpretation Unit to provide cultural resource management, environmental education programs and outreach at two nature centers, including information, exhibits, scheduled interpretative programs, camps, and special events for drop-in and registered visitors; natural, historical, and cultural interpretive programs;
  • Supervising unit managers responsible for County-wide forestry, environmental and natural resource related programs, services and initiatives to include oversight/supervision of 5 direct reports in a section that contains 40 full-time, permanent and temporary staff;
  • Managing the sections budget of approximately $4.4 million while providing direction and leadership for implementation and updates to the Urban Forest Master Plan; a sub-element of Arlington County's comprehensive plan, and Natural Resources Management Plan;
  • Ensuring all units within the Environmental Operations and Planning Section are responsive to community needs while providing high quality customer service; and
  • Working with staff, for the development and management of effective and efficient systems and processes for service delivery, analysis and projections of budgetary needs, and ensuring fiscal responsibility through oversight of the section's personnel and non-personnel budget.
The successful candidate will have strong oral and written communication skills to make oral presentations and prepare written reports; the interpersonal skills to facilitate conflict resolution and work with a diverse staff and community; and possess the technical skills to read and understand landscape plans, blue prints, and engineering plans as they relate to tree impacts, preservation, and planting.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: A Bachelor's degree in forestry, environmental educational, landscape program management, horticulture or a closely related field and three years of progressively responsible experience in the area of program management/administration in the forestry, landscape, or natural resource/conservation field.

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

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Certification as an arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture;
  • Master's degree in forestry, horticulture, urban or environmental planning or a related field;
  • Experience leading/overseeing forestry, natural resource management or conservation and interpretation-related planning/policy initiatives
  • Experience collaborating and working with diverse stakeholders and partners, such as inter-departmental staff, developers, volunteer organizations and the general public; and/or
  • Experience with GIS

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.

Please attach a letter of application or use the space within the supplemental questionnaire to describe your experience in the following:

  • Program management/administration of forestry, conservation, natural resources, urban planning or landscaping programs.
  • Leading forestry, conservation, or natural resources-related planning and policy initiatives.
  • Collaborating and working with diverse stakeholders and partners.
  • Software skills as it relates to environmental and urban planning.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour a week position with the majority of work performed Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. However, some weekend and evening hours will be required and this employee must be available for callback and holdover in emergency situations. The position serves in a lead role during emergency operations.

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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