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Job Title: City Forester
Closing Date: 8/23/2017
Pay Range (MIN): $59,883.20
Pay Range (MAX): $82,617.60
Description: Parks and Open Space
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Position Summary: Responsible for the successful development, implementation and monitoring of the community’s forestry, noxious vegetation and natural resource programs; including the administration of the Water Efficient Landscaping Standards.

Supervision Exercised and Received:  Position works under the general supervision of the Open Space and Natural Resource Manager.  Exercises both direct and general supervision of the Parks Crew Supervisor/Arborist Technician, Plans Review Technician, Forestry Crew, and seasonal employees as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:

Community Forestry

  • Develops, implements, and maintains the City’s risk tree monitoring plan. Utilizes GIS and GPS technology to manage and update the existing inventory of the City’s trees. Manages the forestry/natural resources fleet of vehicles and equipment. Fulfills requirements necessary to annually obtain Tree City USA designation.  Oversees the work of contracted arborists and grounds maintenance professionals involved in planting, maintaining, pruning and removing public trees. Examines trees in order to determine the presence of diseases or harmful insects. Diagnoses cause and determines proper preventative or curative steps for control. Plans, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of forestry personnel engaged in all aspects of community forestry.  Develops, implements, and monitors the strategic management plan for the City’s trees. Trains staff on proper and safe use of arboricultural related equipment. 
  • Researches and provides the latest approved personal protection equipment for personnel and ensures its proper use. Investigates trees via use of a resistograph/tomograph and interprets outputs.

Noxious Vegetation Program

  • Responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the noxious vegetation management plan. Conducts trainings related to pesticide use.  Oversees spray technicians when mixing and/or applying pesticides.

Natural Resources Program

  • Responsible for the successful management of the City of Aspen natural resources and open space stewardship programs.  Plans, assigns, and evaluates the work of personnel engaged in all aspects of restoration and maintenance in both native and non-native habitats. Researches and provides the latest approved personal protection equipment for personnel and ensure its proper use.

Water Efficient Landscaping Standards

  • Supervise the administration of the Water Efficient Landscaping Standards by providing policies and guidelines to governmental agencies, design professionals, private developers, community groups, and homeowners for new development and significant remodels.  Ensures review tasks and community outreach are complete.

Community Outreach

  • Facilitates public outreach programs such as speaking at local schools. Assists in natural resource and open space public outreach programs and serves as a community resource for natural resource management questions. Makes presentations to various civic, professional and other related groups including the City of Aspen Council and Mayor.

Project Manager

  • Serves as project manager for natural resources restoration projects, open space improvement projects, and large scale community landscaping projects. Plans, organizes and expands the City’s annual Arbor Day event.  Manages natural resources related volunteer projects.


  • Works with local, state and Federal agencies related to natural resource based planning and management of public lands. Collaborates with City departments, other governmental agencies, and the general public on matters pertaining to public and private trees.  Collaborates with other city and county departments on projects.


  • Creates, publishes, reviews and awards contracts for tree trimming and removal, noxious vegetation control, pest control and fertilization, mall flower production, plant material suppliers and seed suppliers.  Recommends capital improvement projects and prepares, monitors and directs the expenditure of the annual forestry budget.  Responsible for the development and management of an annual budget.

Municipal Code Enforcement

  • Enforces City tree ordinances, design standards and municipal specifications. Works with contractors and homeowners to answer questions, resolve issues and brainstorm options related to tree resources and development conflicts. Issues tree removal permits of public and private trees as defined in municipal code.

Core Competencies Displays the following key competencies in the overall job performance to include knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with individuals and/or groups of people.
  • Knowledge of general business and project management principles and practices as applicable to assigned work.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently to achieve established outcomes and complete projects within deadlines.
  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of relevant policies, procedures, and strategies to promote safety operations locally.
  • Ability to use practical application of biology and horticulture to effectively design and create landscapes that will benefit the City of Aspen.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resources Management or related field.

Experience: Three years of experience in forestry, natural resource management or related field.

Technical Knowledge: Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Email.

Licenses & Certifications: Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license or be able to obtain one within 30 days of start date. Must possess an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Qualified Supervisor through the Colorado Department of Agriculture or be able to obtain one within one year from date of hire. Obtain and maintain a qualified supervisor license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required abilities, knowledge and skills as determined by the City of Aspen may be substituted for the requirements above.

NOTE:  This position requires a Criminal Background Check upon hire.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Position Type and Work Hours: Regular full time, 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday, hours may vary with workload. Standard hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    • Evenings/Weekends: Occasionally may be required depending on department needs.

Work Environment: 

    • Indoors: Office environment.
    • Outdoors/Off-Site: Performs site visits to construction sites, attends meetings, and conferences. Position involves exposure to a variety of weather conditions and temperatures; requires a full range of body movements.

Essential Physical Requirements:

    • Lifting & Carrying: Occasionally up to 50 lbs. such as plant material, seed and fertilizer.
    • Physical: Reaching, standing, sitting, typing, talking, crouching, kneeling, seeing, driving, and hearing.   

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    

This job description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.


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