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Forester

Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Forestry, Forest Management or related field.  Master’s degree preferred.   A minimum of one year of forestry experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience. Previous experience in managing a community forestry program preferred. Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.  Ability to become a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture within six (6) months of employment.  Ability to obtain Oklahoma Pesticide Application License within six (6) months of employment. Extensive knowledge of community forestry, arboriculture and horticulture.  Working
knowledge of GIS systems, ArcView, databases, word and spreadsheet applications. Coordinates rights-of-ways hazard tree removal via interdepartmental tree removal crews, project design and purchase of trees and materials for planting projects.  To view complete job announcement, click on job title. For your convenience we have attached the application and supporting documents
below, please print ALL documents and return to our office in person or mail to: Human Resources, 201 West Gray Bldg C, Norman, OK 73069

Posting Information
Department: 
Parks & Recreation - Forestry
Location: 
201-C West Gray
Shift: 
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (May be required to work special events, holidays and weekends.)
Salary: 
$50,962 - $72,562 Annually (DOQ)
Date Posted: 
Fri, 07/19/2019 - 8:00am
Job Description
Duties: 
Coordinates rights-of-ways hazard tree removal via interdepartmental tree removal crews. Coordinates project design and purchase of trees and materials for planting projects. Coordinates planting incentives sponsored by the City. Coordinates a community/neighborhood tree planting program and community service workers and volunteers in all tree planting and maintenance work. Administers planting programs and community forestry projects according to the community forestry plan and City Tree Ordinance. Seeks additional funding from other sources including grants and sponsorships. Develops and maintains a park and street tree inventory/mapping in conjunction with the GIS Services Division of the Planning Department. Fields inquiries for public and responds to general questions regarding installation, health, and maintenance. Develops educational materials to publicize information regarding Best Forestry Practices and Tree Board program activities. Prepares and reviews specifications, costs estimates, contracts on tree related projects, correspondence, plans, studies, technical reports, and policies and procedures documents. Makes presentations to various groups, boards, and commissions. Provides information and staff services to Norman Tree Board. Monitors City sponsored planting projects in order to replace trees and maintain inventory records as needed. Monitors the health and status of the community forest and recommends work plan activities to address problems. Reviews development plans for compliance with established landscape ordinances and street tree improvement plans. Educates City staff regarding tree removal, construction near trees and tree replacement activities. Prepares pertinent information relative to the forestry division budget. Consults with all City departments, utility companies and other organizations for better public relations regarding tree programs and information. Performs other related work as required.
Working Conditions: 
Works in an office environment; however, time is spent outside exposed to temperature extremes, dirt, dust, noise, etc.
Job Requirements
Education and Experience: 
Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in Urban Forestry, Forest Management or related field. Master’s degree preferred. A minimum of one year of forestry experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Previous experience in managing a community forestry program preferred.
Knowledge: 
Extensive knowledge of community forestry, arboriculture and horticulture. Working knowledge of GIS systems, ArcView, databases, word and spreadsheet applications.
Skills: 
Organizational skills to assist with details of planting programs and volunteer help. Developing and administering specifications, grants, cost estimates, contracts, press releases, and a variety of urban forestry projects.
License and/or Certification: 
Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record. Ability to become a certified arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture within six (6) months of employment. Ability to obtain Oklahoma Pesticide Application License within six (6) months of employment.
Mental & Physical: 
Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing to other City departments and community groups and organizations to stimulate public awareness and interaction. Ability to establish effective working relations with the public, City departments, contractors, developers, local agencies, the media, and elected officials. Ability to lift and carry light (up to 25 lb.) supplies, materials, and equipment frequently. Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy (25-50 lb.) supplies, materials, and equipment occasionally. Work requires continued walking, stooping, standing, and some climbing.
Additional Information: 

Selected applicant must pass a background
investigation, physical examination and drug screen.