Background: The City of Gainesville is seeking a dynamic and experienced individual who is innovative and forward thinking and who will embrace the organization’s citizen-centered vision. The community, its elected leaders, and executive leadership team have embraced this vision.
Seeking a true leader and visionary who can help our community protect and maintain its tree resources by leading the City of Gainesville through the process of developing and implementing a strategic plan for the management of urban trees and green infrastructure.
Salary: $24.30 – $36.30 hourly
$50,554 – $75,503 annually
Closing date: July 23, 2017
The City Arborist will:
- Administer programs and policies to manage and enhance the City’s urban forest including City Tree Ordinance and standards.
- Build relationships with co-workers, other city departments and agencies, volunteer groups, and residents of Gainesville.
- Plan, assign, schedule, monitor, direct, review, and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
- Recommend, develop and administer urban forest management plan.
- Communicate clear direction, manage for results and lead organizational change.
- Respond to citizen driven inquiries and requests.
- Methods and techniques used in planting, nurturing, and maintaining a variety of trees and shrubs;
- Dendrology, arboriculture, and plant physiology;
- Standard practices, tools and equipment used in tree and landscape maintenance work
- Chemical and biological measures used in controlling plant and tree insects and diseases;
- Principles and practices of organization, administration and budgeting.
- Provide scientific and technical advice and assistance on problems relating to tree maintenance, preservation, and protection;
- Interpret and apply City policies and applicable laws and regulations;
- Make presentations and conduct effective meetings;
- Effectively communicate scientific principals and City policies to the public;
- Plan and direct the work of other employees;
- Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
- Maintain records and prepare reports;
- Supervise, train and evaluate the work of others;
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other City personnel, politicians, other agencies, and the general public.
- Understanding and influencing people in order to disseminate technical information and advice to public officials and the general public regarding forestry-related regulations, proper forestry techniques and forestry-related projects.
To be considered you’ll need the following:
- Bachelor degree from an accredited four-year (4-year) college or university with major course work in Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Botany, or related subject and;
- Three (3) years’ experience in urban forestry and horticulture including urban forestry operations and tree and landscaping maintenance with supervisory experience preferred.
- Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Valid Driver License required upon appointment.
- Valid Florida Driver License required within 30 days of start date.
- May be Required to Complete an Assessment(s)
- May create eligibility list
- May fill multiple positions
Embracing change is the Gainesville way of life!
Come join our team as we shift the culture from “No to Yes”, “from reactive to proactive,” “from policy-oriented to services-oriented”, and “from silos to teams.”
Job Description: Professional, technical and supervisory work developing, implementing and maintaining an Urban Forestry Program. The single position allocated to this classification reports to a designated supervisor and works under general supervision. Work in this class is distinguished from higher level classes by its lack of managerial responsibility and from lower level classes by its emphasis on urban forestry and supervisory duties.
Examples of work: This section of the job description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities of the position. The omission of a specific job function does not absolve an employee from being required to perform additional tasks incidental to or inherent in the job. Performance of lower level duties may be required.
Essential job functions:
- Coordinates and administers the City Street Tree Program.
- Plans work and assigns crews and equipment for planting and maintaining City trees on public property. Instructs crew leaders in their duties and advises them about problems.
- Inspects trees for which removal permits are sought to ensure replanting requirements are met.
- Supervise, plans and coordinates work of subordinates.
- Inspects work performed in the field to assure standard operating procedures are followed and performance standards are met.
- Assists in administering City Tree Ordinance and standards.
- Oversees, monitors and administers the City’s Tree Mitigation Fund.
- Oversees and administers the Urban Forest Ecological Analysis and ensures that it is updated on a five year schedule. Oversees and administers the Urban Forest Management Plan.
- Recommends policy on arbor activities and establishes bid procedures and long-term program goals and objectives.
- Recommends selection, promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
- Supervises records maintenance of employees’ time and materials used. Authorizes payment of purchase orders for supplies and equipment. Prepares reports reflecting progress costs.
- Reviews roadway plans and makes recommendations on trees and ecosystem preservation.
- Performs single family home shade tree inspections, code enforcement inspections and posting of trees removed on city property.
- Receives complaints from general public regarding trees and other plants, inspects trees, and assigns crews to repair damage.
- Performs periodic inspections and prepares reports and recommendations concerning conditions and needs of trees.
- Provides public information on tree care procedures by presenting speeches and preparing informational materials.
- Attends work on a continuous and regular basis.
Non-essential job functions:
- Assists in preparation of the division budget.
- Reviews and implements safety practices.
- Coordinates projects with other departments.
- May act in absence of supervisor.
- May be responsible for enforcing the Drug-Free Workplace Program, based on physical location and organizational structure.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily. Below are the required education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and experience: Bachelor degree from an accredited four-year (4-year) college or university with major course work in Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Botany, or related subject and three (3) years experience in urban forestry and horticulture including urban forestry operations and tree and landscaping maintenance with supervisory experience preferred.
Certifications or licenses:
- Valid Driver License required upon appointment. Valid Florida Driver License required within 30 days of start date.
- Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of arboricultural practices and procedures.
- Thorough knowledge of the intent and needs of a Street Tree Program.
- Thorough knowledge of Florida’s trees, shrubs, flowers, ornamental plants, and other plant life.
- Knowledge and competence in forest management, silviculture, reforestation, watershed management, botany, plant physiology, entomology, landscape design, pathology, and plant and tree anatomy.
- Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in arboriculture.
- Knowledge of governmental budget procedures. Knowledge of computers and relevant software. Knowledge of City laws and ordinances relating to trees.
- Skill in managing the program and operations of a Street Tree Division including personnel and financial management.
- Skill in establishing goals and objectives and developing comprehensive plans.
- Ability to work effectively with elected officials, charter officers, department heads, representatives of other agencies, other city employees, and the general public.
- Ability to keep records and prepare reports.
- Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with public relations problems.
- Ability to plan, schedule, organize, supervise, counsel and discipline subordinates effectively.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Physical and environmental requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must possess certain physical abilities and be able to withstand work related environmental conditions.
Work environment: Work may require performance of tasks outdoors under varying climatic conditions