Arborist

Location
Chantilly, Virginia
Salary
$54,219.36 - $90,365.81 Annually
Posted
Sep 19, 2020
Closes
Oct 03, 2020
Ref
20-01527
Industry
Specialty Trades
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Manages forestry operations, maintenance, safety, and staff associated with the forestry crew in parks countywide. Supervises, schedules, assigns, inspects, reviews, and may participate in the work of crews engaged in a variety of forestry related activities. Reviews citizen contacts and meets with citizens and staff to resolve issues with potentially high risk trees. Originates and submits purchase requisitions for forestry related activities and repair of assigned equipment. Determines and Identifies tree diseases and pest infestations and coordinates with the urban forestry management for control or treatment. Operates aerial lift truck and other forestry related equipment. Reports to 4501 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly and drives County vehicles to parks county-wide.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Plans and directs the operations of staff and/or contractor tree crews in the performance of all tree care operations;
  • Maintains a tree inventory on parkland, identifies historic and specimen trees, and establishes measures for their protection and preservation;
  • Provides oversight to contractors engaged in performing tree services on parkland and inspects and certifies the adequacy and completion of work;
  • Monitors and evaluates trees on parkland for hazardous conditions, insect or disease infestations and potential problems;
  • Evaluates park trees to determine the health and stability of the individual plants;
  • Develops a plan or work orders for any corrective actions required;
  • Assists the Forestry Operations Manager in developing and maintaining operational work plans and budgets for continuing operation and preservation;
  • Responds to citizen concerns and requests about park trees: including; written and verbal communication, on-site meetings, performing tree risk assessments and providing work task details;
  • Drafts guideline material related to the protection of trees, including the methods and techniques to be applied;
  • Records data and documents all activities and field reporting into data management systems;
  • Ensures all pertinent information is communicated to all parties involved and documented for the future;
  • Provides technical advice to facility and site managers as needed;
  • Assists park maintenance crews with tree issues;
  • Manages storm damage to park trees;
  • Investigates tree damage claims and report findings to Risk Management;
  • Reviews and approves weekly reports for multiple crews and contractors;
  • Prepares data and materials for presentations before Park Authority Board and at various public meetings;
  • Procures all supplies and equipment necessary for implementing field activities;
  • Administers and assists in developing training program for all Forestry personnel;
  • Performs annual evaluations of all staff.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of urban forestry, forest pest management and arboricultural
  • practices;
  • Thorough knowledge of horticultural and landscape installation practices;
  • Knowledge of tree felling, planting, spraying, pruning and fertilizing practices, and of potential hazards and appropriate safety precaution;
  • Advanced working knowledge of the methods, materials, trucks, equipment, and tools used in tree care operations;
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of all ANSI standards applicable to tree care operations;
  • Advanced knowledge of Geographic Position Systems and Geographic Information Systems software and the ability to generate maps, charts and associated reports using these technologies;
  • Thorough knowledge of, and the ability to conduct, vegetation and forest pest surveys;
  • Ability to manage long term projects in an effective and efficient manner;
  • Ability to create correspondence, reports and presentations using word processing, spreadsheet software and presentation software;
  • Ability to supervise, train, and provide guidance/counsel to lower level field staff;
  • Ability to assess the impact of construction activities and urbanization on individual trees and forest strands;
  • Ability to analyze and compile technical and statistical information and to prepare reports;
  • Ability to work effectively with others; Ability to make presentations to small and medium sized audiences;
  • Assists with work on in house jobs when required;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • May be designated as emergency service personnel.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with a degree in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, environmental science, landscape architecture, agriculture or related field; plus two years of related experience in forestry, arboriculture, or landscape architecture, relating to urban forest management and/or forest pest management.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
  • Possession of a valid Certified Arborist certification issued by the International Society of Arboriculture (Required);
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) issued by the International Society of Arboriculture (or have the ability to obtain within one year of hire);
  • Valid state issued driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Able to maintain logs, on equipment using maintenance management system.
  • Complies and retains operational and safety records.
  • Enforce operating policies and procedure.
  • A degree in urban forestry, forestry, arboriculture, or landscape architecture.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift 20 - 40 pounds periodically. Ability to traverse uneven ground/terrain and withstand exposure to outdoor elements for sustained periods. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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