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Forester

Deadline:
Employer:
New York Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Job Field:
Forestry
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
New York
Location Detail:
New York
Job Description:

The mission of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure. The division is responsible for citywide urban forestry, ecological and horticulture initiatives.

Major Responsibilities
 

  • Under general supervision, perform advanced professional forestry functions in the field and office; perform related work.
  • Enforce Parks Department standards for tree pruning, removal, planting and replacement. Assess work to be done by contractors; engage in directly and supervise employees involved in professional forestry activities.
  • Consult with engineers, developers and contractors on a regular basis throughout projects.
  • Schedule and supervise field surveys and inspections to assess the conditions of trees for health, structure, insect and disease.
  • Compile and manage street tree planting contracts. Survey sites for planting potential and make decisions regarding species selection and site design. Inspect and tag trees at local nurseries. Perform post-planting field inspections and inspect trees
  • Respond to citizen inquiries and maintain working relationships with community boards, community groups and officials within and outside of the agency. Coordinate community-based greening efforts and lead tree stewardship workshops.
  • Examine other agency and permit applications to assess impact on trees and landscapes and/or issue tree planting permits.
  • Manage borough-wide tree database and track, monitor and produce reports on budgets, productivity, accomplishments and program status updates.
Qualifications:

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with specialization in Forestry or a related subject, or;

2. A Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with specialization in Forestry or a related subject and one year of full-time professional experience in forestry or arboricultural work or;

3. An Associate Degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with specialization in Forestry or a related subject and 3 years of full time professional experience in forestry or arboricultural work or;

4. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1",”2", or “3" above; however, you must have a minimum of an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional, or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with specialization in Forestry to qualify for this position.