The City of Tempe participates in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Defined Benefit plan with mandatory employer and employee contributions currently at 11.80%. ASRS pension plan includes a Long-Term Disability Benefit. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holiday and short-term disability. Our employees have generous insurance options for medical, dental, vision and life. For more details, visit: http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/internal-services/human-resources/benefits-summary
The Urban Forester performs a variety of complex and highly responsible professional administrative duties involved in the study, planning, development, coordination and implementation of systems, programs, procedures and practices in support of the City’s urban forestry program.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Oversee the city’s Urban Forest Program, serving as the technical expert, leader and spokesperson for urban forestry within the City of Tempe;
Develop and implement the Urban Forestry Management Plan, coordinating short- and long-range planning activities to ensure sound stewardship of public trees;
Actively participate in the development of city codes, plans and regulations pertaining to the management and protection of the urban forest and benefits provided;
Develop guidelines and requirements for projects, including reviewing and approving new construction plans;
Develop, implement and monitor tree safety inspection program to ensure public safety and reduce tree liabilities due to tree failure;
Monitor all urban forestry maintenance activities on city properties including parks, preserves, pathways and rights-of-way;
Develop and implement strategies to meet water conservation guidelines and best management practices for urban tree health;
Administer and monitor contracted tree maintenance activities;
Develops and coordinates multi-agency/multi-party tree planting projects;
Prepare and administer grants, and provide support to outside agencies in the preparation of grants, for enhancement of city property;
Develop educational materials and conduct informational workshops/presentations for the public and city staff on forestry management practices and policies.
Requires the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban forestry, urban horticulture, botany, public administration, business administration or a degree related to the core functions of this position.
The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).
Five years of experience in arboriculture or urban forestry, including two years of experience administering contracts, coordinating the work of contractors and/or supervising employees.
Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.
Certification, Licenses, and/or Registrations:
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
International Society for Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist (required at the time of hire).
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) municipal specialist (required within 6 months of hire).
Successful completion of initial probationary period is contingent upon passing an FBI background investigation. Based on position, referred applicants may be subject to additional testing which may include pre-employment polygraph, physical and drug screening.
This position is FLSA Exempt – not eligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time.
Employees in this position are represented by the Tempe Supervisors Association (TSA).
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The City of Tempe is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 480-350-8276. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.