THE OPPORTUNITY OC Parks seeks a highly skilled and experienced professional to fill a new Park Arborist position.
The incumbent will have full responsibility for OC Parks tree program to develop, implement, and lead department-wide initiatives and projects, including annual tree maintenance, inspection, corrective maintenance, invasive tree pest management, storm and tree failure response, inventory management, contract development and management, resource coordination, and budget development and monitoring.
The ideal candidate is a subject matter expert and accomplished project manager focused on delivering results. They are self-motivated and enthusiastic, with strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
Excellent communication skills are required as the incumbent will represent OC Parks on committees, deliver presentations, provide training, write reports and collaborate across OC Parks divisions, County departments, outside organizations and the public.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop and manage OC Parks Tree programs and projects.
Develop annual work plans, performance measures and levels of service.
Collaborate on development and implementation of invasive tree pest management plans.
Supervise, review and approve the work of contractors and staff engaged in tree maintenance and pesticide application.
Provide technical and resource support for park operations supervisors.
Review plans, specifications and work sites for park construction and rehab projects.
Participate in state and regional committees and working groups.
Work with academics, counties, cities and County staff on tree pest management best practices.
Support scientific studies for invasive species control on OC Parks land.
Develop work flows, guidelines, policies, procedures and manuals.
Use of computerized maintenance management systems, GIS, GPS and other technologies.
Collaborate and coordinate with park staff, contractors and other agencies.
Track and analyze data, develop reports and provide recommendations.
Manage purchasing, bids, request for proposals, etc.
Annual budget development and management.
May attend night or weekend meetings.
Support the department's emergency and storm response.
May be assigned other duties or projects as needed.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES The ideal candidate will have three (3) years of experience as an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist or higher as well as proficiency in ArcGIS or other GIS software. The ideal candidate will have experience managing medium to large tree programs in a government or other institutional setting, writing arborist reports, including plant appraisals, tree risk evaluations, and performing tree inventories.
The following certifications are strongly desired: ISA Board Certified Master Arborist; ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist; ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification; Qualified Applicator; Pest Control Advisor.
Additional college level education in one of the following or a similar area is also desirable: Forestry, arboriculture, community forestry management, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), public administration or Project Management Professional (PMP).
In addition, the successful candidates will demonstrate job knowledge and related experience in the following core competencies:
Advanced professional knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of urban forest management and arboriculture.
Technical knowledge of trees, assessing, diagnosing and recommending corrective action.
Southern California tree pests, pathogens and diseases.
Southern California native and invasive plant species and vegetation communities.
Interpret and understand federal, state, and local legislation, policies, regulations and issues that pertain to the assignment.
Methods and resources for documenting deficiencies, tracking and reporting, planning and analysis of work.
SUPERVISORY / LEADERSHIP
Guide and facilitate collaboration between multiple work groups and/or facilities.
Support park staff in tree management, contract administration and inspection.
Maintain cooperative working relationships and effective public relations.
TEAM WORK / COLLABORATION
Operate independently and collaboratively.
Identify, develop and sustain partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Articulately write and edit a variety of materials for a range of audiences.
Effectively communicate with County staff, contractors, public and other agencies.
PROBLEM SOLVING AND ANALYSIS
Use sound reasoning and judgment to arrive at conclusions and find alternative solutions to complex problems.
Manage competing priorities while meeting established deadlines.
Innovation and creativity with a solution focus.
Set challenging and measurable goals aligned with OC Parks and County strategies.
Focus on outcomes and accomplishments.
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