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Arlington, Virginia
$68,868.80 - $105,164.80 Annually
Jul 02, 2021
Aug 01, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has three (3) vacancies for experienced dedicated Urban Foresters to promote, manage, and protect Arlington County's environmental urban forestry initiatives and programs. These professionals will work collaboratively with a diverse staff and community. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to contribute their expertise to DPR's continued success in receiving the Tree City USA Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation, a recognition for having a healthy and sustainable urban forestry program.

Specific duties include:

  • Serving as one of the County's primary resources for landscaping and tree-related issues during the plan review process to ensure compliance with Arlington's Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, Site Plans, County projects, Environmental Assessments, and local ordinances;
  • Performing follow-up site inspections to evaluate compliance with tree protection and planting requirements, as outlined on approved plans;
  • Assessing tree health, making recommendations for tree removal and preservation and providing management options for trees on County property;
  • Responding to inquiries by residents, staff and developers on tree related issues and emergencies;
  • Developing presentations and providing training and educational information that reflect the most current technical knowledge and practices in the cultivation and care of trees and shrubs to a diverse audience that includes neighborhood associations, advisory commissions, developers, staff, and County officials;
  • Conducting both large-scale and site-specific assessments of forest health and developing forest management strategies that address environmental needs and County priorities;
  • Assisting with the maintenance and implementation of Arlington's Urban Forest Management Plan that includes long-term goals, strategies and recommendations for assessing, monitoring, or improving tree canopy, forest health, and reforestation to ensure compliance with state and local ordinances;
  • Maintaining tree inventory through GIS-based technology.
The ideal candidate is well organized, communicates well to a variety of audiences, works well in a team environment, and enjoys the diversity of field and office work.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, urban/environmental planning or a related field ; and
  • Two (2) years of experience in urban tree planning, tree management, or a directly related 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 a Master's Degree in a related field and one or more of the following:

  • Certification as an arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture;
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary roles of forestry, arboriculture, landscape architecture, engineering and urban planning for urban forest management; and/or
  • Experience using Geographical Information System (GIS) software.

Special Requirements

  1. Must possess a valid driver's License and be able to operate a County vehicle to perform assigned duties away from the primary worksite. 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.
  1. A pre-employment background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: drug screening, criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You will be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
  2. Must have ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions or indoors depending on the work assignment. The work environment includes exposure to drafts, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of sitting, bending, and lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment, weighing up to 50 pounds

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