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Forest Area Service Coordinator

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Salary: $24.47/HR - $30.31/HR

Job Description:

Reporting to the Urban Forester, incumbent evaluates the health and safety of trees on City property or property maintained by the City to include activities that: 1) foster public health and safety; 2) advance protection, stewardship and renewal of the urban forest; 3) document and assess effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy of services provided, and 4) develop short and long-range operational plans. Prepares and administers work for contractual crews and city crews for pruning, removal, spraying, planting, and emergency response tree services. Initiates and administers the spraying, pruning, planting and removal of trees. Provides community education and responds to citizen requests/complaints.

Provides administrative support including, development of budget recommendations, administration of contractual and in-house services, collaborates in the RFP/contract selection process, design urban forest database. May act for and on behalf of the Urban Forester, at Forester’s request.


  • Appraises, evaluates and diagnoses trees, shrubs and other vegetation on property owned or maintained by Salt Lake City Corporation to determine maintenance needs based on species, location, condition, size, health and safety of trees. Coordinates City-provided tree services with utility service providers, Community Councils and other stakeholders. Prepares, administers and specifies work assignments for contractual crews, city crews and office staff.
  • Responds to citizen questions/concerns and or requests/complaints on a daily basis.  Resolves problems or relays them to appropriate division or department.
  • Develops, distributes and delivers presentations regarding urban forest health, services and forecast. Performs information and education outreach activity possibly including academia, civic, youth and media.  Reviews construction plans and provides guidance to advance forest sustainability.
  • Assists with the development, implementation and administers short-range and long-range maintenance projects/objectives for providing service to the urban forest. Prepares and implements maintenance scheduling plans.
  • Oversees, manages and modifies electronic forest databases and information systems. Manages multiple computerized record keeping systems. Provides recommendations for updating and improving systems.
  • Provides consultation to field crews to ensure compliance with arboricultural/forestry standards. Administers services for contractual spraying, pruning, removal and 24-7 storm-related service of City trees. Issues and monitors for compliance city tree permits.
  • Administers and assists with projects delegated by the Urban Forester.
  • Meets with contractors in person, on-site and via phone on proper tree care practices and industry standards.  Works with other city divisions, and departments to review building and development plans to foster protection and care of city street trees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Associate Degree in Horticulture, Urban Forestry or related field, plus three to four years experience in urban forestry administration.  Education and experience may be substituted one for the other on a year-for-year basis.
  • Three to five years customer service experience in planning, implementation and follow-up assessment of arboricultural services is desired.
  • Working knowledge of trees indigenous and zoned for the Salt Lake Valley and their associated insect and disease occurrence and interventions. Ability to use computerized systems to maintain histories and inventories.  Knowledge of correct pruning techniques. Familiar with tools, supplies and equipment standard to the tree care industry.
  • Certification by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) required within 12 months of hire.
  • Ability to oversee and manage urban forestry program in forester’s absence.
  • Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing with individuals of diverse backgrounds.



  • Frequent exposure to out-of-doors working conditions, including storms, heat, cold, dampness, dust, dirt and grease. Frequent driving to and from inspection and maintenance sites. Frequent sitting at computer keyboard. Moderate physical exertion associated with pruning, trimming, lifting and bending. Occasional exposure to pesticides, and heights of greater than 100 feet when doing inspections from aerial bucket truck.
  • Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior.
  • Irregular working hours may be required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.   All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.




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Salt Lake City, Utah 84104


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