Arlington, Virginia
$96,220.80 - $158,641.60 Annually
Jan 21, 2022
Feb 11, 2022
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking an experienced, proactive, team-oriented Deputy Division Chief to provide strategic leadership for the Parks and Natural Resources (PNR) Division. This senior level position will provide planning and operational management of the Environmental Planning, Programming and Operational Team which consists of Urban Forestry, Landscaping, Natural Resource Management, Urban Agriculture, Conservation and Interpretation and Park Ranger lines of business.

This Senior position will report to the PNR Division Chief, be a member of DPR's dynamic and dedicated Extended Leadership Team (ELT), operate with substantial independence, and work collaboratively with other senior leaders to lead, improve, and facilitate processes, develop strategic initiatives, and policies that support the PNR Division's mission to preserve and enhance natural resources and provide environmental stewardship.

With an organizational culture of collaboration, Arlington is committed to public engagement and the PNR Division plays a critical role in working with a diverse and participatory community to create a balanced and efficient public space system that is inclusive, sustainable, and supports recreation and leisure activities, environmental infrastructure, economic development, and social health.

Specific Duties:

The Deputy Division Chief oversees the management and operations of Arlington County's Environmental Planning, Programming, and Operations Teams. Some of the major duties of this position include:

  • Providing supervision of a multi-disciplinary team with six Unit managers who oversee the following lines of business: Urban Forestry, Landscaping, Natural Resource Management, Urban Agriculture, Conservation and Interpretation, and Park Rangers; including 40 full-time permanent and temporary staff, with an $4.775 million operating budget;
  • Overseeing implementation of the Forestry and Natural Resources Plan that outlines policies and programs that advance the County's Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP), and serves as a blueprint for enriching residents' relationship with nature;
  • Overseeing the Urban Forestry Unit, which includes the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees on County property, developing and implementing long and short-term strategies and policies to enhance tree canopy and forest health; including overseeing development plans and construction projects to ensure compliance with County ordinances and tree preservation/planting requirements;
  • Overseeing the Landscape Unit, which maintains Arlington County's landscape areas safely, efficiently, and using the latest industry standards for landscape maintenance to support aesthetically pleasing, biophilic, healthy and ecologically valuable outdoor spaces;
  • Managing the Natural Resources Management Unit which provides stewardship for the preservation and management of natural resources on County owned and managed open spaces; including habitat restoration, invasive plant management, maintaining biotic inventories, providing expertise on wildlife, and organizing stewardship volunteering;
  • Overseeing the Urban Agriculture Unit, which manages the County's community gardens, farmers markets and coordination with state, regional and local partners, including Virginia Cooperative Extension;
  • Managing the Conservation and Interpretation Unit, which provides 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; and
  • Providing guidance and support to the Park Rangers Unit that create a safe and secure environment for when visitors at our parks, which includes routine foot patrols, mountain bike, and vehicles to ensure visitor compliance with all park rules and regulations, as well as closing designated facilities at dark, checking for safety concerns/issues, providing park information to visitors, and response to medical emergencies.

The ideal candidate must have a documented record of effective and ethical leadership skills, working with strong professional teams, commitment to high levels of performance, fairness, and diversity. This is a highly visible position requiring exceptional communication, interpersonal skills with a strong sense of accountability to the organization, leadership, staff, and community.


Arlington County has a County Manager form of government, which is governed by a five-member County Board. The County has a Fiscal Year 2022 budget of $1.4 billion and approximately 3500 full time employees. The County Manager serves as the principal administrative officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of a broad range of services provided by Arlington's various departments.


The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) serves as a steward of the County's natural resources and provides recreational programs and services for people of all ages, abilities, and interests. DPR has an annual budget of $49.9 million, a typical ten-year capital budget of over $220 million, nearly 300 permanent employees, many temporary employees, several hundred contractors and thousands of community volunteers.

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Arlington County is an urban community of about 26 square miles situated directly across the Potomac River from the nation's capital. Arlington provides convenient access to the power, prestige, influence and opportunities of Washington, D.C., and the metropolitan region. Arlington's distinctive character is reflected in urban neighborhoods that have a small town feel while providing access to big city amenities.

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Selection Criteria
  • Bachelor's degree in forestry, environmental educational, landscape program management, horticulture, or related field; and
  • Three (3) years' of progressively responsible experience in 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 OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in related field and experience and/or certification in one or more of the following:

  • Leading forestry, natural resource management or conservation and interpretation-related planning/policy initiatives;
  • Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA);
  • Arborist Certification by the International Society of Arboriculture; and
  • Using geographic information system (GIS) and/or asset management system.

Special Requirements
Please attach a cover letter or supplemental question response that describes why you are interested in the position, detailing your experience and accomplishments in the following areas:
  • Providing strategic leadership initiatives of a park and recreation organization or similar agency;
  • Program operations management in the forestry, landscape, or natural resource/conservation field; and
  • Leading a large diverse workforce.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver's license. 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

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

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Covid-19 Vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.