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Sr Supervisor, Urban Forestry Operations

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Salary: $59,869.00 - 99,781.00

POSITION TITLE:  Sr Supervisor, Forestry (Urban Forestry Operations)   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req2652
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Classified (Non-CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $59,869.00 - 99,781.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 4/11/2021.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and motor vehicle report required. Drug test required within four calendar days (96 hours) of offer.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry's growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance - March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance - Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance 
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability 
  • Wellness program, workout facilities 
  • Employee/family Onsite Health Clinic 
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary:

The City of Fort Collins is known for its majestic trees and has been a recipient of the Tree City USA award for over 43 years. The Forestry Division prides itself in its commitment to maintaining a healthy, safe, and resilient urban forest which consists of more than 54,000 City property trees. The Forestry Sr Supervisor oversees all urban forestry field operations on city properties including parks, golf courses, cemeteries, City rights-of-way and streetscapes. This position conducts employee performance evaluations, and guides personnel to accomplish the Forestry Division’s goals; writes equipment specifications for new and replacement purchases; and assigns and provides direction in determining operational priorities. The Sr Supervisor is integral in developing short and long-term goals for the Division and assists with preparation of the Division’s budget and strategic planning efforts. The City of Fort Collins has a unique urban forestry program - come be a part of managing the growth and success of Fort Collins’ dynamic urban tree canopy! 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Manages and assigns projects to Forestry Crew Chiefs and Technicians and oversees quality control
• Investigates and resolves customer complaints internally and externally. Troubleshoots issues and recommends and implements solutions
• Writes specifications for new and replacement equipment purchases
• Compiles information from residents related to specific requests and coordinates scheduling
• Participates in formulating and administering City and Community Services Area policies and developing long-range goals and objectives
• Assist’s with the preparation of short and long-term plans and the Division’s annual budget based on the goals and objectives of the Community Services Area
• Evaluates Forestry Crew Chief job performance and monitors other classified employee job performance
• Approves employees time sheets, purchasing cards and authorizes personal leave time
• Acknowledges, verifies, and approves vendor invoice payments
• Ensures safety compliance within the Forestry Division
• Participates in and leads interdepartmental and inter-agency teams to accomplish division, department, and City-wide programs, missions, and projects
• Evaluates the results of overall operations and provides regular reports to the Sr Manager of Forestry/City Forester
• Coordinates logistics of City-involved events such as Resident Mulch Day, Boy Scout Christmas Tree Fund Raising and Wood Repurposing/Utilization
• Advises and communicates with the public concerning Forestry policies and work projects

Management Responsibilities:


City Competencies:

• Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
• Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
• A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
• A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.
• Experience building teams and implementing practices to lead others well in an inclusive, high-performance organization. Skill in integrating and synthesizing others’ viewpoints to build alignment of diverse perspectives to achieve results.
• Capable of creating conditions of emotional safety and demonstrates self-awareness and regulation in responding to others.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

• Comprehensive knowledge of tree biology, soils, fertilization, planting, insects, diseases, identification of tree species common to Colorado, and urban tree care/maintenance
• Demonstrate cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds
• A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations
• Experience building teams and implementing practices to lead others well in an inclusive, high performance organization. Skill in integrating and synthesizing other viewpoints to build alignment of diverse perspectives to achieve results
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with internal and external customers
• Excellent organizational skills and emphasizing detail
• Knowledge of current safety practices and procedures
• Comfortable with public speaking in front of small or large groups with excellent verbal communication skills and can articulate and exude strong interpersonal skills while interacting with an audience
• Capable of creating conditions of emotional safety and demonstrates self-awareness and regulation in responding to others
• Ability to use Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and GIS related functions
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, other City Departments, City management, and external agencies
• Strategic planning experience

Education and Experience:



Education Level



Associates / Bachelor's degree or other specialized skill training / certification may be required in some positions Juris Doctorate required

Two or four-year degree in Arboriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, or related field


Six to ten years of progressive experience in urban tree care with focus on current arboricultural practices and industry standards. A minimum of five years of supervisory experience.


Required Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training:

Valid driver’s license
International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist


Full Job Description:

Sr Supervisor, Forestry

Employer Info

413 S Bryan Ave
Fort Collins, Colorado 80521


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