Featured Job: Arborist

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry Unit is seeking a well-qualified candidate to fill a new Parks Arborist position. If you are a high-level, skilled professional who can work under limited supervision, read on for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Our new Arborist will make a positive and lasting impact across our 6400-acre parks system! You will:

  • Develop long term plans, goals and programs for Park urban forestry
  • Implement Seattle Parks and Recreation's Tree Policy and Parks Tree Procedure documentation
  • Provide technical information concerning selection, planting, and maintenance of Park trees to developers, contractors, and the public
  • Review SPR tree-related plans presented by developers, the public, and City personnel for compliance with City guidelines, codes, and ordinances
  • Prepare promotional information relating to SPR tree programs; makes presentations to citizens, outside agencies and community groups; provides advocacy to preserve urban forests
Seattle Parks and Recreation arborist team

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About you: 

  • You're an advanced professional with knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of urban forest management, landscape design, arboriculture and experience in the planning and implementation citywide programs.
  • You have technical knowledge of trees, including but not limited to assessing, diagnosing and suggesting corrective treatments for declining trees.
  • You are skilled in program promotion to promote an improvement program to other city departments and the public.  
  • You have experience being responsible for a large budget, operations and management of a team, and can guide a unit's organizational schedules.
  • You have at least 4 years of knowledge and experience in local land-use and environmental codes and standards, public parks planning and development, and best management practices in urban forestry.
  • You have considerable independent judgment in making decisions concerning program goals and work activities

This position will be responsible for supervising two Arboriculturists and three Leads positions in the SPR Urban Forestry Unit. This position is required to work 07:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, and may be called to attend night and weekend meetings and to support the department's emergency storm responses.

Additional functions include:

  • Monitor activities of landscape maintenance and tree crews to ensure proper care and maintenance of City-owned plant materials; coordinate and conducts training programs for City landscape maintenance personnel
  • Conduct field inspections of park renovation projects to determine compliance with designs, plans and bid specifications
  • Assist in the development of codes, policies and guidelines pertaining to the care and maintenance of trees
  • Provide guidance to landscape crews and technical expertise to other municipal, county and state agencies
  • and more
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