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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.

Collaboration

  • 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.

Budgeting

  • 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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Position: City Forester
Date Needed: August 23, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Education Requirements: Bachelor's Degree
Experience Required: 2-5 Years
Salary Range: $59,883.20-82,617.60
How to apply: Please use the following link to the job posting if interested: https://chj.tbe.taleo.net/chj06/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=ASPENGOV&cws=37&rid=848

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.

Collaboration
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.

Budgeting
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.

Job Id Job Title
17-0425 Sr. Arborist Technician
Job Description
17-0425 SR.ARBORIST TECHNICIAN, PUBLIC WORKS & NATURAL RESOURCES DEPT-, FORESTRY SERVICES, HIRING RANGE: $24.83 - $27.58/HR, REGULAR FULL TIME WITH BENEFITS, 40 HRS/WK, MON-FRI 7:00 AM - 3:30PM
Additional Job Requirements
DEFINITION: Under the general supervision is provided by the Forestry Supervisor, act as lead worker to arborist technician, temporary & seasonal employees.  Assist and fill in for Forestry Contract Maintenance Supervisor as needed.  Perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks related to tree care and maintenance of trees and shrubs, including the operation and maintenance of various specialized equipment.  Plan, organize, coordinate, supervise internal staff with maintenance and tree care on city property and rights of way.  Coordinate and monitor contracted tree maintenance services.   Supports Forestry Services with public outreach and education.  Model and conducts self with City of Longmont Organizational Values in mind during daily work.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Plant new shrubs and trees.  Remove, prune and maintain City-owned trees and other vegetation.  Clean up debris resulting from tree maintenance and storm related damage. Coordinates emergency response related to tree hazards due to wind/snow storms, lightning strikes, construction impacts, and tree related vehicle accidents.  Responds to tree related emergencies when contacted by City Forester, police dispatch, public works, or private residents.  Appropriately assesses priority and corrective action. Perform tree maintenance operations in compliance with standards and specifications. Contract management.  Inspect work and monitor compliance with tree maintenance contracts.  Preparation of bids, determines tree work need, and provides written instructions.  Works with multiple contractors.   Coordinates and implements tree pruning rotation and removal program based on annual budget.  Effectively determines tree maintenance needs based on individual tree health and safety. Identify and determine appropriate control for insect and disease infestations. Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools.  Operate aerial lift truck, grapple truck, stump grinder, brush chipper, and other equipment as needed.  Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on large and small equipment. Perform tree maintenance and inspections through the use of Aerial Lift, rope and saddle climbing techniques common to the Arboriculture industry. Determine appropriate mitigation and risk management measures/methods based on tree assessments performed on city trees. Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public related to sick, damaged or hazardous trees. Advanced identification of tree species.  Advanced knowledge of various characteristics of a wide variety of tree species. Conduct safety meetings for department on tree health, safety, tree care, and maintenance. Practices attentive and active listening.  Utilizes patience to hear other perspectives and restate the opinion of others.  Collaborates to achieve solutions based on effective communication. Practices effective time management techniques.  Uses time effectively and efficiently to prioritize work needs.  Can attend to a broad range of activities. Perform inventory surveys; enter and retrieve data from tree inventory software program. Assist with public outreach programs.  Assist with committee and activities such as Arbor Day. Attend professional workshops and meetings concerning tree care and management.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed outside most of the time, under varying and extreme weather conditions.  Ability to work in environmental conditions which may include excessive noise; dust, pollen, gases, oils, solvents, and chemicals including a variety of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Work requires considerable physical effort including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, pulling, pushing, walking, and standing for extended periods of time.  Work also involves the ability to perform duties at a variety of heights.  Work may be performed on weekends; overtime and adjusted schedules may also be required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Four (4) years Arboricultural or related experience; B.S. degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, or related field highly desired; ISA Arborist Certification, completion of community first aid, defensive driving training, and additional related training approved by the Division. Special Qualifications: Possession of a Class “B" Colorado CDL with airbrake endorsement. Possession of First Aid certifications. Possession of the ISA Arborist Certification

Selection process will include complete job description review, personal interview, background investigation, criminal background check, physical abilities test and substance screening. 

DEADLINE: CITY APPLICATION (required) must be received by the Human Resources Department, 350 Kimbark Street, Longmont, CO 80501, no later than 5:00 pm, Mountain Time, on August 16, 2017. An online application process

Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District - Forestry Technician

Salary Range: $44,000 – $58,000
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday

The Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District is accepting applications for a full-time Forestry Technician. Under the general guidance of the Landscape Foreman the successful applicant will be part of a highly motivated parks maintenance team. The Forestry Technician will be responsible for a variety of duties in the maintenance and care of trees and shrubs in the District’s parks and greenbelts. Duties include trimming, pruning, removing and planting trees and shrubs; identifying hazardous and defective trees and implementing corrective measures; implementing and maintaining a tree inventory; identifying diseases and insects in trees and shrubs and treating with mechanical and/or chemical means; operating a bucket truck, chipper and stump grinder; climbing trees by means of rope and saddle to accomplish necessary arboreal maintenance; watering and fertilizing trees and shrubs; assisting Mechanic with routine maintenance and repair of chain saws, chipper, stump grinder and other hand tools. Applicant should have three years of increasingly responsible experience in Urban Forestry, or any combination of education and/or work experience that has provided the knowledge and abilities necessary for excellent job performance. Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather and lift, move and carry objects in excess of 50 pounds. Members of the Parks Maintenance Team are expected to contribute to snow removal and seasonal special events and projects that may occasionally require working evenings and weekends. Applicant must possess or be able to obtain a valid Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (Class ‘B’ CDL) and be insurable by the District’s insurance carrier. Selected applicant must successfully pass a physical exam and drug test and possess a clean driving record. Successful applicant must present an MVR before a firm offer of employment will be made.

See the Full Job Description for details and qualifications.

To apply, send an Employment Application, a one-page cover letter stating interest and qualifications as it relates to this position, and a resume with three professional references via email to patm@kcranch.org. Materials may also be mailed in a sealed envelope to KCRMD, Attn: Pat Malloy, 7676 S. Continental Divide Rd., Littleton, CO 80127. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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