Urban Forester Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,679.36 - $99,466.43 Annually
Mar 06, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Coordinates and implements all field activities of the Forest Pest Management Program within assigned areas of Fairfax County. Performs multistep monitoring or management tasks to support program goals in various weather conditions and terrain. Accurately documents field observations using GPS based data collection software and devices. Assists in the preparation of maps and graphics using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Educates county residents about common forest health issues including forest insect pests and diseases. Responds to county residents’ inquiries regarding forest health issues. Prepares letters, reports and educational materials related to forest health issues. May supervise contract staff, limited term personnel, and volunteers.

Note: The appointee to this position will be required to be available twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flooding, and other designated emergencies on an as needed basis.

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 coordinates field activities necessary to effectively monitor forest pest populations throughout Fairfax County;
  • Develops and executes comprehensive annual plans to identify tree damaging forest pests and participates in the execution of same to include aerial and ground spraying;
  • Manages assigned urban forest management and forest pest programs and ensures that deadlines are met;
  • Evaluates the health, condition, structure and survivability of naturally occurring trees and associated vegetation as well as planted nursery grown plant materials;
  • Participates in and/or manages field surveys to collect data pertaining to forest pests,
  • plant species and forest composition, structure and health, interprets results and makes recommendations to improve effectiveness of programs;
  • Monitors and inspects work of contractors involved in the treatment of forest pests, landscape installations, arboricultural and urban forestry work;
  • Uses Geographic Position System and Geographical Information System (GIS) databases to record the position and extent of plant species, forest communities, forest pests and other natural resources;
  • Prepares and writes technical reports on the Forest Pest and Forest Conservation Programs;
  • Participates in annual work plan and periodic strategic planning sessions;
  • Participates in public outreach activities such as civic association meetings, public notification meetings and public hearings;
  • Provides support at Tree Commission meetings and activities on an as needed basis;
  • May oversee and provide training/technical guidance to Urban Forester I's;
  • May supervise lower level professionals.
  • Evaluates existing vegetation and site conditions on proposed development sites and prepares recommendations relating to tree conservation, landscaping issues and related proffers and development conditions;
  • Reviews site plans, modifications and waivers for compliance with county codes relating to tree conservation and landscaping;
  • Conducts and/or participates in meetings held on construction sites to resolve issues and ensure contractor compliance with county code requirements;
  • Investigates hazardous tree complaints, determines the level of risk associated with structural defects of trees and prepares correspondence directing property owners to remove conditions that threaten the public at large.

Employment Standards

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 four-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.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Certified Arborist certification issued by the International Society of Arboriculture within 12 months of hire.
  • Pesticide Applicator (VA) within 12 months of hire.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Thorough knowledge of, and the ability to conduct, vegetation and forest pest surveys. Thorough knowledge of urban forestry, forest pest management, and arboricultural practices. Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems software (ArcGIS) and the ability to generate maps, charts, and associated reports using these technologies. Ability to create correspondence, reports and presentations using word processing, spreadsheet software and presentation software. Ability to make presentations to small and medium sized audiences. Ability to supervise, train, and provide guidance to lower-level staff. Ability to manage long term projects in an effective and efficient manner.

Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Must be able to walk considerable distances in all kinds of terrain. Ability to operate motor vehicle. Ability to lift objects less than 50 pounds. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, long pants, sleeved shirt, and personal fall arrest harness. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interviews and may include written 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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