Job Detail


Location: Winter Park, FL
Salary: $23.09 - $25.39 p/hr


The Arborist performs a variety of responsible work assisting with the management of trees and other arboricultural work as required for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Duties include conducting field inspections, issuing tree removal permits, performing risk assessments, and quality control of arboricultural work performed by contractors and city employees. This work is performed under intermediate supervision – the incumbent performs a variety of routine work within established procedures and receives detailed instructions on new projects and assignments; work is reviewed periodically. Work is reviewed through reports, observation of results achieved, and adherence to established policies and procedures.



Examples of Duties




NOTE: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Interpret, implement, and enforce the Tree Ordinance.   

Inspect and assess trees on private property to determine issuance/denial of tree removal permits in accordance with the CWP Tree Protection Ordinance. 

Oversee/administer tree vendor contracts.

Collect information needed to update City tree inventory database and provide to administrative staff for input.

Perform Quality Assessment and Quality Control of work completed by vendors.

Review single family/up to triplex new construction/demolition permit applications and advise developers in accordance with the Land Development Code, Tree Protection Ordinance, and landscape regulations.  

Perform risk assessments on trees in right-of ways, parks, and city owned facilities.   

Interact daily with the general public and other city employees.  

Supervise and direct all fieldwork as assigned by Parks and Recreation Management. 

Perform inventory of supplies and provides information to administrative staff to replenish as needed.   

Respond to be callback for emergency work as needed.   

Perform other work as assigned.


Working knowledge of tree planting, tree care, and tree removal.

Working knowledge of Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Stock.

Working knowledge of tree species and tree biological functions, tree pests, and diseases.

Working knowledge of the safe operation and use of chainsaws, stump grinders, aerial trucks, crane trucks, brush chippers, and all other equipment used in division activities.

Working knowledge of International Society of Arboriculture best management practices and ANSI A300 standards.

Working knowledge of occupational hazards, safety rules, and practices and the ability to transmit such knowledge to subordinates.

Working knowledge of traffic direction.

Skill in keeping records, meeting schedules and being adaptable to emergency situations.

Ability to estimate weights and distances.

Ability to exhibit necessary leadership qualities including but not limited to giving directions and educating subordinates.

Ability to travel locally on a daily basis and occasionally travel out-of-area and/or overnight. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, supervisors, city officials, and the public.

Ability to communicate information tactfully and impartially, both in person and in writing with all staff, city officials, and the public.

Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and keep accurate records.

This position is performed with working knowledge – the incumbent has ability to recall and apply important and commonly used information from relevant source documents or information in a particular subject field.



Typical Qualifications




High School diploma or equivalent supplemented by a minimum of three years of experience in all aspects or arboriculture. Must be an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. An associate’s degree in forestry, urban forestry, or related field, one year of experience in utility vegetation management, International Society of Arboriculture Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), ISA Utility Specialist Credential, and experience with/working knowledge of construction blueprints are preferred.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities, and other competencies required for the position may be considered.  


Possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License, Class E or higher.

Note: All certifications must be current at the time of application and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.



Supplemental Information





This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force repetitively to move objects; work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping.

Ability to ascend/descend stairs, scaffolds, and ladders.

Ability to traverse about a variety of environments and obstacles throughout the city, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Ability to position oneself to work in confined or difficult to reach spaces.

Ability to manipulate objects, demonstrate small, precise movements, and operate necessary equipment such as small hand and power tools repetitively or continuously.


Tasks may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions including inclement weather, sun, extreme temperatures, odors, dirt and dust, loud noises, and hazardous chemicals, etc. 


Tasks require the manipulation of objects and demonstration of small, precise movements, the ability to detect and distinguish various features of one’s surroundings, and the ability to effectively communicate and exchange information with others.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and employee and is subject to change by the City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.



Other Requirements



The City of Winter Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with United States Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, The City provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Employer Info

401 S Park Ave
Winter Park, Florida 32789


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