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Director of Forestry (Queens)

Location: Queens, NYC
Salary: $115,000 - $125,000

Director of Forestry

  1. Full-Time



  1. Exam May Be Required


Forestry & Horticulture

$115,000.00 – $125,000.00

Job Description

Major Responsibilities
- Under general direction, manage all phases of the care and preservation of street and park trees throughout the borough.
- Oversee supervisors, climbers and pruners, foresters, horticulture staff and other field and administrative staff as required.
- Manage in-house and contracted street and park tree maintenance programs including inspections, pruning, tree and stump removal,
sidewalk repair around trees, pest and diseases and tree protection. Prioritize all forestry work to accomplish agency goals.
- Lead borough storm emergency response efforts to safeguard human health and property, clear streets and sidewalks of tree debris and mobilize additional non-forestry crews and equipment as required. Supervise storm emergency contractors if such contracts are activated. Be on-call for immediate assessment and management of storm related emergencies.
- Oversee forestry office operations including the accurate and timely use of ForMS relating to service requests, inspections, work orders and reports. Work with ITT and other forestry divisions on continued development of ForMS and associated software.
- Analyze and utilize data to properly allocate resource and prioritize work.
- Perform staff development and training of agency and/or volunteers regarding tree maintenance and preservation, hazard and storm damage assessment, pests and diseases of trees and forestry equipment operation.
- Represent the borough and/or the Agency, when appropriate, to articulate and enforce Parks’ tree protection policies in the planning, design and construction phases of Parks Capital and other public and private construction projects.
- Prepare briefings, reports, evaluations, budgets and correspondence related to Parks’ borough forestry program. Provide regular
updates on the status of various projects and programs and ensure that projects are advanced in a timely manner.
- Direct tree pest and disease management programs, including inspecting for and responding to Dutch elm disease infections.
Maintain self and staff familiarity with new pests, including directing inspections of host trees and reporting as required.
- Perform restitution as per the NYC Tree Valuation protocol and Local Law 3 of 2010 before issuing tree removal permits.
- Coordinate with Central Forestry & Horticulture on tree planting permits and contracts, grants and other urban forestry and sustainability projects in the borough. Coordinate with NRG on reforestation projects within the borough.

Work Location: Queens

How to Apply: Go to and search for Job ID# 638263.
All applicants must apply via The City is no longer using ESS to accept applications.

*Current Employees please include your ERN and Job ID# 638263 on your cover letter and resume.

NOTE: All resumes must be received no later than the last day of the posting period. *Posting period extended to 07/29/2024. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply. References will be required upon request.


Minimum Qualifications


1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with major study in horticulture, arboriculture, or landscape architecture and four years of full-time, paid experience in horticultural work of which two (2) years must have been in a supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial, or executive capacity; or

2. A satisfactory equivalent. However, all candidates must have at least a high school diploma or evidence of having passed an examination for a high school equivalency diploma and one year of supervisory, administrative, consultative, managerial, or executive experience as described above.


Preferred Skills

1. Master’s degree with specialization in horticulture, forestry, natural resource management or a related subject, or at least 5 years of experience in one of these fields. 2. I.S.A Certification, A.S.C.A. Registered Consulting Arborist and/or New York State Pesticide License. 3. Strong knowledge of agency structure and divisions and/or government operations. 4. Excellent writing, supervisory, administrative and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ForMS database. 5. Valid New York State driver license.

55a Program

This position is also open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate at the top of your resume and cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position through the 55-a Program.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at

Residency Requirement

Residency in New York City, Nassau, Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, Putnam or Westchester counties required for employees with over two years of city service. New York City residency required within 90 days of hiring for all other candidates.

Additional Information


The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

Employer Info

117-02 Roosevelt Ave
Corona, 11368


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