Urban Forest Management Specialist
Location: Pinellas County, FL
Urban Forest Management Specialist
Classification Title: Environmental Specialist 1, C21
Location: 4550 126th Ave N Clearwater, FL 33762
Schedule: Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Are you an arboricultural or environmental professional that understands the importance of managing and protecting urban trees and forests? This position performs technical field and office work in the Urban Forestry and Landscape Services’ tree planting program. This is an entry level urban forest management position in Urban Forestry and Landscape Services section of Pinellas County Public Works Department. Incumbents perform urban forest management tasks related to asset management, tree mitigation site reviews, tree planting and other assigned tasks under the direction of the Urban Forester. Requires a total of 5+ years of education and/or professional arboricultural experience.
WHAT SETS US APART?
Biweekly Medical Plan Premiums:
Employee Only: $11.43
Employee and Spouse or Domestic Partner: $131.90
Employee and Child(ren): $105.23
- 9-11 paid County holidays; 2 floating holidays and 2 personal days (pro-rated); annual leave (accrue 15 days in first year)
- Florida Retirement System , Employees contribute 3% and the county contributes 5.96% for regular status employees.
- 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
- Tuition Reimbursement
Essential Job Functions
- Support critical community forestry service functions of the Urban Forestry and Landscape Service Section.
- Assists in the development and management of the tree planting program.
- Coordinates with and oversees tree planting contractor.
- Assists with tree inventory management including field data collection and quality control using ESRI Field Maps.
- Process, edits, and summarizes tree inventory and creates dashboards using ESRI GIS software.
- Maintains accurate work order records for tracking tree planting using the Cityworks asset management software.
- Represents the Urban Forestry Section in County projects plan reviews and site visits.
- Tracks project mitigation requirements and develops tree planting recommendations.
- Assists the Urban Forester in developing community forestry outreach and special projects (TCUSA, Arbor Day, grants, etc.).
- Response to citizen inquires via phone, email, or in person.
- Coordinate the activities of and train interns and/or volunteer groups.
- Performs other related job duties as assigned.
Position Specific Requirements
- Five (5) years of professional experience in arboriculture or Urban Forestry management; or
- Associates degree with major course work in environmental, physical, natural or biological science, forestry, horticulture, engineering, or related field and three (3) year of professional experience in arboriculture or Urban Forestry management; or
- Bachelor’s degree with major course work in environmental, physical, natural or biological science, forestry, horticulture, engineering, or related field and one (1) year of professional experience in arboriculture or Urban Forestry management; or
- An equivalent combination of education, training, and/or experience.
- Florida Driver's License or Florida Commercial Driver’s License and endorsement, if any.
- Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.
- Candidate to demonstrate more advanced proficiency, competency, and satisfactory completion of regularly assigned work in an independent manner. Appointing Authority retains discretion to employ an incumbent at this level or advance the incumbent non-competitively or competitively, after a candidate meets the minimum qualifications to an in-line career ladder position within the same organization or department.
- Employee be a non-smoker and submit to periodic physical examinations for medical monitoring.
- The following must be completed within the 1-year probationary period for new hires in Urban Forestry: Pinellas County Best Management Practices (BMP) Certificate, First Aid/CPR Certification, ISA Certified Arborist, OSHA 10 HR (GI).
- ISA Certified Arborist
- ISA TRAQ qualification
- ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist
- Basic knowledge of Cityworks Asset Management software.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of accepted modern best management practices, terminology, methods, materials, and techniques related to arboriculture and horticulture management.
- Knowledge of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI standards) for tree care, tree planting, and tree pruning.
- Knowledge of common Florida tree species and invasive species identification.
- Skills in maintaining accurate work records.
- Skills in utilizing tablets for field data collection.
- Ability to effectively conduct public engagement and outreach.
- Ability to interpret and apply Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants
- • Ability to interpret and apply County standards, specifications, or policies.
- Ability to assess trees and identify health or safety problems based on details that include site, environment, pest/disease presence, tree species, and tree condition.
- Ability to meet with the public and explain work to be performed in a courteous, confident, and tactful manner.
- Ability to provide positive and effective leadership to volunteers and/or interns.
The work is light work which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
- Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
- Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
- Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
- Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
- Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
- Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
- Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
- Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
- Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
- Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
- Visual ability: Sufficient to effectively operate office equipment including copier, computer, etc.; and to read and write reports, correspondence, instructions, etc.
- Hearing ability: Sufficient to hold a conversation with other individuals both in person and over a telephone; and to hear recording on transcription device.
- Speaking ability: Sufficient to communicate effectively with other individuals in person and over a telephone.
- Mental acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
- Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- Repetitive motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
- Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
- Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
- Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
- Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires me to be sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs.
This position has supplemental questions. If unable to complete all questions, you may save your answers as a draft during the application process and return at any time prior to the closing date. Please note that the application is complete upon final submission.
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