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County Arborist

Location: Cumming, GA
Salary: $51,613.00 - $68,387.00

The purpose of this classification is to implement all County activities and programs related to tree protection and preservation, including enforcement of all applicable County ordinances through plan review, site inspections, and public education. 

Forsyth County, Georgia, is located 25 miles north of Atlanta with a population just over 250,000. The county has been one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and draws new residents through proximity to multiple job centers, an excellent public school system and a strong network of public parks as well as a robust housing market. Forsyth County borders Lake Sidney Lanier and is ideally located between Atlanta and the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia, which provides recreational opportunities throughout the year.


Interprets, explains, applies, and ensures compliance with provisions of County ordinances pertaining too tree preservation, tree protection, and tree replacement; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

Reviews architectural drawings, tree protection plans, and related documents in relation to tree preservation; verifies compliance of plans with tree preservation/protection ordinance; approves or disapproves tree plans as appropriate; discusses problem areas and corrective actions with applicants.

Conducts site inspections during all construction stages to ensure compliance with approved plans relating to tree protection and tree replacement; evaluates condition/health of trees; determines hazardous conditions involving trees; conducts compliance inspections of commercial properties one year after completion of construction.

Provides technical assistance and information to developers, landscapers, property owners, the public, or others regarding tree preservation/protection guidelines, ordinances, plan reviews, procedures, documentation, or other issues; meets with clients at sites or in office; responds to questions and complaints; researches problems/complaints and initiates problem resolution.

Develops educational programs to provide information on tree preservation/protection issues to the community; prepares presentation materials and delivers presentations to various groups; distributes brochures and educational materials; identifies species of trees, evaluate tree condition/health, and provides advice on trees to homeowners.

Creates and maintains computer databases of tree plans, projects, work activities, and other records; creates and updates tree plan map in the County’s geographical information system (GIS) for tracking purposes.

Provides recommendations for updating/revising tree ordinance.

Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, County officials, developers, architects, landscapers, property owners, the public, community organizations, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.

Attends various meetings; serves on Tree Commission or other committees as needed.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.

For more information and/or to apply please see the job announcement on the Forsyth County website:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Forestry or closely related field; supplemented by three (3) years previous experience and/or training that includes forestry, tree preservation, landscape architecture, site plan review, code compliance, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Must possess and maintain valid Certified Arborist certification from International Society of Arboriculture.

Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license.


Employer Info

110 East Main Street
Cumming, Georgia 30040


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