Salary: $20.19 – $27.40 Hourly
$42,000.00 – $57,000.00 Annually
Job description: This is professional forestry work at the supervisory level in planning, organizing, and directing urban forestry activities as it related to tree maintenance. The work requires thorough knowledge of urban forestry, arboriculture, botany, and horticultural principles and practices, and use of specialized skills in recommending, developing and administering urban forestry maintenance plans, policies and procedures, which is acquired through a combination of education, training and on the job experience. Plans, assigns, schedules, monitors, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff, field crews and contractors engaged in maintenance, care and removal.
Contacts require skill in understanding and influencing people and are important in disseminating technical information and advice to public officials and the general public regarding forestry-related regulations, proper forestry techniques and forestry-related projects. The forestry work is standardized in that tasks are covered by substantially diversified procedures and specialized standards, and because of the changing priorities, or different situations, incumbents have the latitude to consider which of the many procedures or standards should be followed and in what sequence. The work involves differing situations requiring use of judgment in search for solutions or new applications within ones’ known experiences.
Work is performed in both an office and field environment where risks and hazards are minimal, known, predictable, and controllable. Operates a utility vehicle and standard office equipment such as computer, calculator and copier. Physical demands consist mainly of visually inspecting trees, using equipment and occasionally lifting objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Work is performed under limited supervision where work assignments are subject to established procedures, practices or well-defined policies and is reviewed, usually after the fact, in terms of quality, timeliness, and adherence to methods, standards and policies.
- Administers county-wide tree maintenance contract.
- Plans, assigns, schedules, monitors, directs, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned staff, crews and contractors engaged in tree maintenance
- Estimates costs, materials, labor, and time for tree maintenance.
- Recommends, develops and administers urban forestry maintenance plans, policies and procedures.
- Responds to and administers citizen driven maintenance requests.
- Helps maintain a database and inventory of the City’s trees.
- Assists in preparation of an annual report on the City’s tree maintenance program to the City Council.
- Communicates clear direction, manages for results and leads organizational change.
- Assigns responsibility, takes corrective action, demonstrates leadership in evaluating, developing, and motivating employees.
- Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Jacksonville Core Competencies.
- Performs related work as required.
- Knowledge of botany, arboriculture and horticultural principles and practices.
- Knowledge of urban forestry practices, including planting.
- Knowledge of laws, policies, rules and regulations governing urban forestry operations.
- Knowledge of urban forestry practices in the southern United States preferred.
- Knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, and tools used in urban forestry operations.
- Knowledge of basic species of trees and of their growth, maintenance conditions, and needs.
- Knowledge of soils, fertilizers and methods of plant cultivation compatible with local environmental conditions.
- Knowledge of research and statistical methods and techniques.
- Skill in word processing and data base management.
- Ability to plan, assign, schedule, monitor, direct review and evaluate the work of assigned staff, crews and contractors engaged in tree planting, maintenance, trimming, removal, restoration and application of pesticides.
- Ability to recommend, develop and administer urban forestry plans, policies and procedures.
- Ability to estimate costs, materials, labor, and time for selection, purchasing and planting of trees.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to operate a utility vehicle and standard office equipment such as computer, calculator and copier utilizing word processing and spreadsheet applications.
- A six year combination of education and professional experience in urban forestry or directly related field which includes successful completion of 24 semester hours of course work in arboriculture, horticulture or environmental science or related subject.
- A Bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field preferred.
- A valid Florida Driver’s License is required prior to appointment and must be maintained during employment in this class.
- Must qualify prior to appointment, obtain, and maintain during employment in this class a City of Jacksonville Certification as a Public Driver.
- Must possess certification from the International Society of Arboriculture as an ISA Certified Arborist.
More information and application here
Deadline: June 16, 2017 11:59 p.m. EST
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