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Forester (Urban) - 20051130

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Franklin County
Job Description:

What You Will Do

  • Serve as Urban Forester & provide assistance necessary to develop long-term comprehensive tree care programs;
  • Develop long term plan of action for community, administers Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program for Ohio;
  • Represents the division & performs public relations duties;
  • Assist in the division's mission to promote and apply management for the sustainable use and protection of Ohio’s private and public forest lands.

What’s in it for you…

The State of Ohio offers an excellent benefits package which includes extensive medical, dental and vision insurance. At least a 14% employer contribution into your OPERS pension plan, Employee Tuition reimbursement program and much more.  To view all the benefits offered, please visit Total Rewards 

We are ready for you!

We’re glad you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources!  Exploring and protecting the natural beauty of Ohio will prove to be the most enjoyable career opportunity you will ever find!

Official Position Description:

Serves as Urban Forester & provides community  leaders (e.g. township, municipal, county) with organizational assistance necessary to develop long-term comprehensive tree care programs, assess current urban forest resource & management capability; meets with municipal officials & involved residents to determine needs & level of commitment; facilitates public forum to determine community needs & desires; shares experience of other communities facing similar issues; recommends short & long-term solution to identified issues; promotes solution before leaders & residents (e.g. council, trustee & board meetings); assists in establishing & guiding shade tree advisory commissions; provides guidance in development of tree ordinances; identifies possible funding sources & appropriate staffing level within community administration; develops long term plan of action for community, administers Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program for Ohio.

Provides community leaders with technical assistance necessary to successfully implement urban forest management activities, promotes or conducts inventory of community resources to determine level of need; holds planting clinics; conducts tree maintenance seminars; responds to insect & disease inspection requests; develops planting & maintenance specifications; reviews landscape plans; recommends tree protection practices; advises on tree removal; administers community tree care grants (e.g., notifies communities of grant opportunities, provides guidance for grant implementation, communicates & facilitates difficulties or delays, inspects grants  & evaluates community grant process); operates state vehicle to meet with governmental & civic groups & to attend various functions.

Represents Division of Forestry & performs public relations duties; promotes interest, activity & understanding in forest conservation & writes news articles; organizes &/or participates in field days & demonstrations; makes public appearances via radio, TV, & service groups; writes reports; composes correspondence; attends meetings with civic, professional, & governmental agencies; serves as local contact for Division of Forestry programs & responds to simple inquiries; works on special projects; hosts regional conferences; speaks at regional, state, or national conferences; provides field day presentations & career day presentations  (e.g. schools & colleges); sets-up special meetings to resolve conflicts between public & private entities; evaluates urban forestry program for improvement; uses world-wide web to convey, enhance, & record information;  performs wildfire support as directed within training & physical capabilities.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED TO REMAIN IN THE CLASSIFICATION AFTER EMPLOYMENT: Must successfully complete basic firefighter/introduction to fire behavior course (i.e., S-130/S-190) within first year of employment pursuant to national interagency incident management system (i.e., wildland & prescribed fire qualification system guide).

UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Requires travel; exposed to inclement weather, dust, dirt, insects & poisonous plants; responds to wildfires.






Completion of undergraduate core coursework in forestry or related field of study; 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in public relations; 12 mos. trg. or 12 mos. exp. in operation of computer software programs; valid driver's license. -Or 12 mos. exp. as Forestry Technician, 22321. -Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.


Knowledge of:  safety practices (related to tree work, wildfire control/suppression, & Division of Forestry Health & Safety Manual*); public relations; agency policies & procedures (ODNR, local communities)*; government structure & process (state & local, federal); natural sciences (forestry); law (Ohio Revised Code 1503).

skilled in:  word processing (Microsoft Office applications); equipment operations (personal computer, automobile, firefighting equipment, forestry tools).

ability to:  interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals & manuals; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; prepare & deliver speeches before specialized audiences & general public; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; resolve complaints from angry citizens & government officials; demonstrate physical fitness; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; originate &/or edit articles for publication; handle sensitive inquiries from & contacts with officials & general public.

*Developed after employment

Must maintain a current valid Driver’s License.


The State of Ohio is diverse, inclusive, and Equal Opportunity Employer. Under the Americans with Disability Act as Amended (ADAAA), if reasonable accommodation is required, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 614-265-6981 or

Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link, and selecting "My Profile".


-Selection devices, proficiency testing and/or assessments may be used to determine if an applicant meets and is proficient in the minimum qualifications for this position.

-Applicants may attach the following document types: Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx), PDF (.pdf), Plain Text (.txt), Rich Text (.rtf).

-Please do not upload attachments that have an anomaly or are password protected.


All information pertaining to education, training and/or experience must be verifiable on your State of Ohio Civil Service Employment Application and/or attached resume, transcript or licensure(s) for the information to be considered.


How to Apply:



Job Description - Forester (Urban) - 20051130 (220000B3)



Primary Location

: United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County-Columbus


: Natural Resources

Classified Indicator: Classified

Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit


: Full-time

Work Hours: 8-5 subject to change

Compensation: $22.15/hr

Unposting Date

: Jan 23, 2022, 11:59:00 PM

Job Function

: Forestry

Job Level

: Individual Contributor Agency Contact Name: Abbie Hanners or Christine Smith

Agency Contact Information: