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City Forester

City of Norfolk

Norfolk ,  Virginia

The City of Norfolk's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space is seeking a City Forester to direct an urban forestry program encompassing urban forestry management, a reforestation component that includes a tree production facility and public promotion of the urban forest as an integral component of the urban environment and infrastructure.

Essential Functions
Essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Directs community forest planning and program development by formulating, organizing, implementing and directing forest inventory, forest management, maintenance operations such as pruning, removal, pest management, natural resource protection, reforestation, nursery operations, wood waste management, enforcing forest policy and codes and implementing public relations programs.
  • Directs and develops forest management and resource protection programs by providing direction for staff and consultants, administering nursery, riparian, forestry and other programs, formulating, recommending and implementing policies, code provisions, specifications and guidelines for forest resource protection, reviewing drawings and specifications and making recommendations to provide for or protect existing trees and other vegetation, monitoring construction projects, providing general supervision, and establishing goals and objectives.
  • Directs forestry maintenance operations by providing oversight and direction, scheduling crews, establishing, implementing and updating standards, establishing goals and objectives, designing collecting and interpreting sample population data of insect and disease organisms, and coordinating ground and aerial pest suppression efforts.
  • Provides administrative duties by preparing annual budgets and initiatives, requisitioning supplies and equipment, monitoring expenditures, preparing bid documents, recommending bid awards, developing, negotiating and administering contracts, preparing and submitting grant proposals and reports, administering and enforcing tree ordinance and arboricultural specification manual.
  • Provides forestry expertise by conducting value loss appraisals, providing court testimony, responding to public complaints and inquiries, providing technical and safety training, conducting tree health assessments and making recommendations, compiling and analyzing technical and statistical data, preparing and presenting reports, investigating violations, negotiating mitigation requirements, and making presentations to public and staff.
  • Effectively uses volunteer groups to assist in urban forestry maintenance, special events, and various projects by recruiting, organizing, and training.

Work requires broad general and technical knowledge in forestry, urban forestry, natural resource management, horticulture, arboriculture, nursery management, soils management, image interpretation, computer applications, and public administration. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Four years experience in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Arboriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management, or a closely related degree and three years supervisory experience required.

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