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Urban Forestry Supervisor

Location: Charlotte, NC


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.




In working to put communities and citizens first, the City of Charlotte’s Department of Planning, Design, and Development is committed to creating great places. The Department of Planning, Design, and Development is chiefly responsible for collaborating with community partners, guiding growth, sustaining the natural environment while also designing vibrant and inclusive avenues for citizen enjoyment.


This position is responsible for the management of urban forestry activities related to the City of Charlotte Tree Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance. Additionally, this position will serve in a lead support role assisting the Chief Urban Forester implement tree canopy policy as directed by the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Urban Forest Master Plan.



• Manage and supervise the work and activities of a team of Urban Forestry Specialists; 

• Review and evaluate developer plans and specifications for tree planting, preservation and protection;

• Conduct site inspections to ensure compliance with ordinances and use of proper practices;

• Provide written and oral notification of ordinance requirements, related permits and/or related reports;

• Provide technical expertise regarding the effectiveness of the tree ordinance and recommend changes;

• Serve as a liaison for the Tree Advisory Commission and a representative on interdepartmental committees;

• Serve as Charlotte Tree Ordinance representative at City Council meetings, public meetings, and other events;

• Issue citations and attend appeal hearings as needed;

• Provide enforcement/education programs with individuals, groups, and government agencies;

• Support City initiatives related to tree canopy policy development and implementation 



• Considerable experience in Urban Forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or related field and knowledge of tree species and their biological requirements;

• Excellent communication skills and public speaking experience;

• Proven record of working successfully with the public; 

• Ability to work independently, exercising initiative and independent judgment.



Prior experience with municipal tree ordinance and tree canopy policies is strongly preferred


• Bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, horticulture, forestry or related field with five (5) years’ experience in urban forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or related field

• ISA Certified within 1 year of employment

• Requires good driving record, a valid Driver’s License, dependable passenger vehicle, and ability to receive and maintain a City Driving Permit.



$70,390 - $75,736 Commensurate with Experience


The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

Employer Info

600 E 4th Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 336-2285


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