Arborist/Urban Forestry Coordinator

at TOWN OF SMYRNA INC in Smyrna, Delaware, United States

Job Description

The below listed essential duties and responsibilities are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for this position.

  • Administer and enforce the Town’s Charter and related ordinances.
  • Supervises, inspects, and   manages   Town   contracts   for   tree   pruning, tree   removals, contractual providers when performing tree/landscaping maintenance.
  • Conduct tree planting, tree pruning recommendations, assist with tree watering, seek opportunities to enhance the Town’s tree planting program via grants, and coordinate community tree planting events.
  • Solicit proposals and monitor work for vegetation management all Town’s properties.
  • Respond to tree maintenance issues in commercial zones, including maintenance of grates and tree wells.
  • Coordinate with Town staff to complete land development landscape review, complete construction inspections as directed, and support other related Town Charter or Code compliance needs.
  • Conduct tree inspections and prepare inspection reports.
  • Maintain an accurate tree inventory database, provide accurate data to committees, commissions, and management. Monitor and assess tree inventory for trees that are at risk.
  • Oversee tree-related sidewalk repairs, including correspondence with property owners, tree root shaving or sidewalk re-alignments as necessary, and coordination with other staff.
  • Report to the Town’s Shade Tree Commission regarding any tree removal applications and provide tree inspection reports/ recommendations.
  • Provides community outreach including organizing workshops and volunteer led events.
    • Knowledge of ANSI 300 practices and procedures.
    • Knowledge of essential elements of a comprehensive urban forestry program, state, and local government.
    • Knowledge of current practices and procedures of maintaining an urban forest including tree planting, species selection, maintenance, and tree pruning.
    • Knowledge of tree protection measures for construction sites and other heavily traversed public areas.
    • Knowledge of methods and techniques of record keeping, principles and practices of business computer applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, and tree inventory database management systems), principles and practices of budget administration.
    • Knowledge and ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce occupational hazards and standard safety procedures as well as for job related safety requirements for operation of trucks and other equipment.
    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
    • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing; work effectively with the community and make presentations to public review bodies, make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
    • Ability to read landscape plans, maps, utility prints, and familiarity with tree protection measures on construction sites
    • Ability to analyze complex issues and develop and implement appropriate responses.
    • Ability to courteously respond to community issues, concerns, and needs.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
    • Ability to operate computers, tablets, and electronics in an efficient manner utilizing designated word processing, spreadsheet, and database management information systems accurately and effectively.
    • Assist in development of the urban forestry program budget.
    • Ability to meet the physical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties including tree planting, young tree pruning, and associated tree maintenance duties in a safe and effective manner for self and others.
    • Ability to observe safety principles and work in a safe manner. Operate hand and power tools competently and safely.

    VI.      ADA Requirements

    • May be required to pass test of physical strength and ability to qualify for the position.
    • Ability to safely lift and frequently move up to 60 pounds.
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Must be able to frequently stand/walk for long periods of time, including the ability to navigate uneven surfaces to perform assigned tasks in the field.
    • The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, hazards, and atmospheric conditions.
    • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
    • Must be able to hear telephonic equipment and comfortably communicate with staff, contractors, and other individuals/groups by telephone/teleconference and in person.
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Job Posting: 845487

Posted On: Sep 20, 2021

Updated On: Oct 17, 2021