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Urban Forestry Supervisor

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City Of Eugene Eugene , OR 97401

Posted 3 weeks ago

General Statement of Duties

Are you an urban forestry professional ready to join one of the Pacific Northwest's premiere programs? Eugene's Urban Forestry program is part of the Green Infrastructure Section of the Parks and Open Space Division within Public Works. The Green Infrastructure Section is focused on services within the public right-of-way including the urban forest, green stormwater facilities, vegetated medians and specialty landscapes.

Eugene's Urban Forestry program is primarily responsible for approximately 76,000 street trees of 406 varieties. This portion of our urban forest has an estimate value of $151 million, and a conservatively estimated $5 million in annual benefits to Eugene residents.

The FY19 operating budget allocation is $2.2 million to maintain these important assets. Urban Forestry's mission is to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene's urban forest and to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement.

The Urban Forestry Supervisor leads a team of nine urban foresters in a range of classifications from Park Specialists, Technical Specialists and Management Analyst. The team is highly credentialed, most recently obtaining accreditation by Society of Municipal Arborists. Every member of the team is an ISA Certified Arborist and many hold multiple additional ISA certifications including six Municipal Specialists, eight Tree Risk Assessors, two Tree Worker/Climber Specialists and three Certified Master Arborists.

Two years ago, the program refocused its efforts toward a more proactive approach with an ideal blend of 80% focus on maintenance pruning zones and 20% responsive to incoming work requests. This balance is challenged by many mitigating factors including a large volume of incoming service requests, damage from storms, disease infestation, impacts of climate change, and limited resources. Do you have what it takes to become the next Urban Forestry Supervisor and lead this evolving program strategically through to the next level?

The ideal candidate will have the ability to translate vision into plans and inspiration into action through solid leadership and your ability to collaborate within the organization, with active external partners, and with community members representing a myriad of viewpoints. You are a knowledgeable urban forester with an empowering and inclusive leadership style.

A coach that is able to draw out the unique strengths of your team, trusts and values their expertise, and allows each individual to grow to their full-capacity. You are passionate about trees and balanced in your approach to the intersection of a healthy urban forest and vibrant local development. You continuously adapt, adjust and implement strategies for innovative solutions that best fit the organization.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Accepting On-Line Applications Only.

A cover letter and resume are required in the application. Your resume must detail your work history and education/training. In your cover letter, please describe how you would apply your background and experience to:

  • ensure the success of the staff working to maintain Eugene's urban forest
  • contribute to the program's mission to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene's urban forest and to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

Selects, supervises, leads and evaluates members of the Urban Forestry team; assigns work and ensures appropriate training is provided; investigates complaints; recommends and administers disciplinary actions; handles sensitive personnel matters; may act in the capacity of the Green Infrastructure Maintenance Manager as directed.

Plans, coordinates and oversees the development of City ordinances, administrative rules, administrative program policies, long-range goals, and departmental work procedures pertaining to the Urban Forestry program.

Sets criteria for tree preservation measures and coordinates plan review regarding urban forestry issues for subdivisions, PUDs, and public improvement contracts with other divisions, departments, agencies and public utilities.

Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares and administers assigned budget; prepares cost estimates and analyses for budget recommendations; develops justifications for equipment and supplies and monitors and controls expenditures.

Utilizes and manages requests for service, asset management and inventory of all street tree assets, utilizing a proprietary Maintenance and Management System and ArcGIS applications.

Drafts program proposals, management reports, grant proposals, contracts and specifications for urban forestry activities.

Reviews and issues permits for tree trimming, maintenance, removal and planting on public property; monitors activities of utility companies, contractors, and private citizens in relation to the requirements of the Tree Preservation Ordinance. Investigates public complaints; provides enforcement action as required.

Instructs City employees in the theory and application of principles of urban forestry to be used in tree maintenance activities; advises public and private developers on tree care procedures and associated City procedures.

Responds to requests for information generated by the public; gives media interviews, makes presentations on the City's urban forestry program and profession as required.

Develops educational and informational materials and programs for the public and private developers; coordinates volunteer support, works with community groups and provides professional advice to the community on tree-related issues.

Performs the duties of after-hours on-call supervisor one month out of each year; storm and hazard response for tree related emergencies; may fill an Incident Command System management role including Incident Commander and Operations Chief.

Actively supports and respects diversity in the workplace.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE OF:

Considerable knowledge of the materials, methods, practices, equipment and necessary safety practices used in the maintenance of trees in the right-of-way.

Municipal urban forestry or park maintenance programs.

Negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Principles and practices of integrated pest management (IPM).

Municipal code development, interpretation and enforcement.

Urban Forestry best management practices.

Contract management.

Maintenance management systems, ESRI ArcGIS products, asset management systems and financial management systems.

ABILITY TO:

Establish goals and objectives for the Urban Forestry program.

Identify, establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships with internal staff, other departments and members of the public, development community, local utilities, other agencies, neighborhood leaders and elected officials.

Identify code/permit violations and provide effective enforcement to compel compliance.

Provide scientific and technical advice and assistance on problems relating to the urban forest.

Prepare and deliver presentations to the general public, professional groups, neighborhood leaders and elected officials; as well as represent Urban Forestry issues in both formal and informal meetings.

Train and support employees in the principles and practices of effective municipal arboriculture programs.

Represent urban forestry's interests related to the right-of-way impacts of development, infrastructure and transportation projects.

Prepare and administer program budget in fiscally responsible way that balances the needs of the urban forestry system, the staff team and community expectations and maximizes resources.

Become a Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) Municipal Forestry Institute graduate within two years.

Media relations.

Work long hours during storm events or other Public Works emergencies

SKILL IN:

Leading, inspiring and motivating people.

Supervising a large and diverse team of technical experts across a range of classifications and program responsibilities.

Active listening and verbal communications for public presentation, media contacts and conflict resolution.

Written communications including proposals, reports, articles, news releases, e-mail correspondence, etc.

Working with a wide range of personalities in a positive manner; solving difficult politically sensitive tree removal or preservation issues during development or code enforcement activities.

Preparing, administering and managing municipal contracts.

Interpreting and developing administrative orders and tree codes.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

The City will consider ANY combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities as qualifying. One way to obtain the knowledge, abilities and skills would be:

Experience:

Five years of experience in urban forestry, or related field, involving extensive experience dealing with multiple government agencies, elected officials and the public. Supervisory experience preferred.

Training:

Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from and accredited college or university with major course work in urban forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or a related field.

License or Certificate:

Certification as a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or ability to obtain within one year.

A valid Oregon driver's license or, the ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355). Supplemental Information

Selection Process

Applicants are screened based upon their relevant knowledge, abilities, skills, experience, and training. The selection process varies according to the position and can include such things as screening of supplemental questionnaires, written or skill tests, ability or fitness tests, interviews, and assessment processes.

In addition, background investigations and records checks may be required. Some positions also require applicants to have a psychological evaluation and/or physical examination and a drug test prior to employment. Applicants selected to continue in the process should be notified within two-three weeks after the posting deadline.

DUE TO THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY THE CITY, GENERALLY, ONLY APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION (TESTING, INTERVIEWS) WILL BE CONTACTED.

CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT JOB POSTINGS IS AVAILABLE BY going to www.eugene-or.gov/jobs and selecting "Job Posting Status".

The City of Eugene complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any applicant with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may request accommodation by contacting an employment coordinator at (541) 682-5061.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Eugene will request all eligible candidates who accept employment with the City to provide documentation to prove they are eligible for employment in the United States.

The City of Eugene is committed to a work environment which values the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally competent service to all members of our community.

As part of our commitment to diversity, the City continues to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people with disabilities, and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.



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