Street Tree Supervisor
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Salary: $70,837-$86,102 Annually
THE POSITION Under direction, supervises Forestry crews performing tree maintenance including
pruning, removal, tree planting, watering, pest management and tree preservation activities.
Inspects trees located throughout the City including Parks and Facilities, enforces City tree
ordinances, provides information and assistance to other City Departments and staff, organizes,
monitors, and evaluates crew and contractor service activities; answers questions from the public
and staff; investigates complaints; provides exemplary customer service to all individuals by
demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and
respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service environment.
Note: this is an unclassified, at-will supervisory position. Interviews for this position are
tentatively scheduled for early January, 2020.
Education/Experience: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the
required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge
and abilities would be four years of increasingly responsible experience in arboricultural
maintenance, including one year of administrative and supervisory responsibility; and/or training
and education equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade, supplemented by specialized course work in tree maintenance or a related field.
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of tree pruning/trimming, tree maintenance methods
and equipment to effectively maintain trees, rigging methods and use and maintenance of tools and
safety precautions concerning tree services activities; arboriculture, nursery practices, tree
cultivation, soils, fertilizer, integrated pest management practices; local trees,
characteristic and hazards; forestry policies and procedures, tree inventory and maintenance
operations, principles of supervision related to hiring, training, evaluation and discipline; and
Skill in: Pest control management- Identifying insects and diseases that infect trees and plants in
the Santa Barbara region and the actions necessary to correct problems; local, state and federal
law and regulation; assist with budget , report writing and computer use (Word and Excel).
Ability to: Supervise, train, evaluate, and discipline several mobile crews; direct, organize, and
plan the work of Forestry crew. Interpret, explain and enforce policies and procedures;
diagnose and analyze tree problems and determine remedies; effectively and tactfully respond to
requests and inquiries from the public; identify common tree species; prepare and maintain
accurate and detailed reports and records; work independently; understand and follow oral
and written instructions; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
establish and maintain effective working relationships; perform computer functions competently.
Analyze questions and resolve complaints; coordinate activities with other departments and
divisions; evaluate material and equipment requirements for crews.
License Requirements: Applicant must possess a valid California Driver's License at time
of appointment, and obtain a class B license within six (6) months of appointment. Possess and
maintain Arborist certification by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). ISA Municipal
Specialist certification, and/or ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification highly desirable.
You must complete and submit the attached supplemental questionnaire with your application. It is
important that your application and questionnaire show all relevant education, training, experience.
knowledge, skills and abilities you possess that qualify you for this position. Applications
and supplemental questionnaires may be rejected if incomplete. All applications and
supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be invited
to participate in the selection process. The selection process may consist of a written and
practical skills examination and/or an interview.
CITY APPLICATION AND RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:30 P.M. ON
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019.
Street Tree Supervisor Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Describe your course work or experience that relates to this position. Include name and
location of school.
* 2. Describe your supervisory experience related to: a) hiring, b) training, c) evaluating, d) and
disciplining employees. Include length of service as a supervisor, number of employees you
supervised and areas of responsibility.
* 3. Describe your experience performing and scheduling maintenance of trees. Include name of
employer(s) and length of service performing these duties.
* 4. Describe your training and/or experience operating and performing preventative maintenance and
repairs on tree maintenance equipment. Include name and phone number of employer(s) and length of
service performing these duties.
* 5. Describe your experience with computerized tree inventory systems, including systems used,
your role as a user, and any experience with field based inventory tools.
* 6. Describe your experience administering tree maintenance contracts.
* Required Question
402 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101
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