Green Jobs

City Arborist, City of Gainsville (Gainsville, FL)

By Conni Kunzler | September 27, 2017

Deadline: Open until filled.

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.

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.

Knowledge of:

  • 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.

Ability to:

  • 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.

Skill in:

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.

Learn more and apply.

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