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Tree & Hardscape Supervisor

Location: Lakewood, CA
Salary: $7,004 - $8,514

Under general direction, the Tree and Hardscape Supervisor plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates the City's arboricultural and hardscape improvement projects; administers tree and hardscape-related contracts and agreements; assists the department director in the coordination of departmental activities and the development of departmental budgets; participates in the gatekeeper “manager-on-call" program; and performs related work as required.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, organizes, supervises, trains and evaluates the work of personnel engaged in maintenance, repair and improvement of City hardscape and urban forestry programs
  • Inspects existing residential streets with hardscape and tree-related problems to determine and manage the appropriate type and level of construction improvements to be performed
  • Confers with personnel, contractors and consultants in coordinating division activities and construction projects
  • Researches and evaluates division needs, including effective use of vehicles and equipment and utilization of personnel
  • Coordinates activities of, and provides direction to, first-line supervisors
  • Prepares and submits budget reports anticipating equipment, materials and personnel needs
  • Administers a variety of contracts in conjunction with tree and hardscape projects
  • Prepares and develops a master tree list and planting plan and tree removal plans for City's urban reforestation program
  • Receives and investigates residential requests and complaints and determines appropriate action
  • Maintains records, prepares reports and meets with committees concerning arboricultural and hardscape improvement programs
  • Enforces and promotes safe work practices

Education & Experience:  Any combination of education and training that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed is qualifying.  A typical example would be an Associates degree and five years of increasingly responsible park administration, urban forestry and construction experience including at least two years in a supervisory capacity.  Additional journey level experience may be substituted for the education requirement.


  • Possession of a valid Class “C” Operator’s License issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles and a good driving record

  • Possession of a Certified Arborist Certificate issued by the International Society of Arboriculture or ability to obtain and maintain a Certified Arborist Certificate issued by the International Society of Arboriculture. You must successful obtain a Certified Arborist Certificate within 6 months of appointment in order to successfully pass the six-month probationary period.

Knowledge of: Methods and practices involved in the maintenance of an urban forest and the construction of hardscape in residential areas, parks and city facilities; principles and practices of organization, contract administration, management, supervision and training; principles of budget preparation and expenditure control; construction fundamentals and surveying principles; tree identification including habit and growth characteristics, landscape value, soil adaptation, ecology and hardiness; plant disease and pest control, methods for eradication and use of pesticides; all applicable safety regulations; and computer programs such as Word, Excel and e-mail.

Skills & Abilities to: Prepare and administer a detailed program budget; plan, supervise, coordinate and evaluate the work of personnel engaged in arboricultural maintenance and hardscape improvements; promote and enforce safe work practices; maintain accurate records and files and prepare clear an concise oral and written reports; develop, implement and monitor street tree and hardscape contracts; establish effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; interpret city policy to the public and enforce city ordinances; operate a personal computer utilizing word processing, email and spreadsheet software programs as necessary; and learn to effectively use the City’s computerized work order, tree inventory, service request and budget information programs to access and retrieve information.

Physical and Mental Demands:  Ability to read, write, operate a computer and other office machines; drive city vehicles; communicate orally and in writing; hear and see within normal ranges; stand and walk on level and uneven surfaces; may be exposed to noisy equipment, exhaust fumes, dust, pesticides and other hazardous chemicals; may twist, bend, push, pull, reach, grasp, lift, and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; be at work daily.

Employer Info

5050 Clark Avenue
Lakewood, California 90712


  • Municipal
  • Supervisor

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