Urban Forester (12696, Grade H)
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission - Rockville, MD

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The Montgomery County Department of Parks seeks an Urban Forester for the Horticulture, Forestry and Environmental Education Division. This position will manage and coordinate Montgomery Park’s proactive annual tree inspection program. Montgomery Parks has over 418 parks that must be inspected on a cycle for tree and limb hazards. The selected candidate will post inspection requests for work that are inputted into the work request database for coordination with tree crew staff for work completion. The incumbent also manages and continues to develop Montgomery Parks Volunteer Tree Steward Program. This program currently has 60 trained volunteers that monitor and observe a selected park and report to the Urban Forester on a quarterly basis for tree and limb hazards.

Examples of Important Duties:
  • Recruitment, advocacy, training, communication and coordination of the program with arboriculture section staff in the unit.
  • Participates in interagency committees for the purpose of coordinating and developing programs, resolving problems of mutual interest or exchanging information.
  • Leads section in providing staff and volunteer training in tree care and risk assessment and other related topics.
  • Makes presentations to public, citizens groups, community organizations, employees, and special interest groups.
  • Maintains knowledge of and evaluates new arboricultural methods, equipment, and technology through review of technical literature, attendance at professional seminars and conferences and informal exchanges of professional information.
  • Prepares documentation, records, reports and other correspondence.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor's degree in urban forestry, arboriculture, or related disciplines; or four years of progressively responsible experience in one area; and

2. Four years of progressively responsible professional forestry, arboriculture experience; or

3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

4. Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture.

5. An appropriate Maryland State Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate is required within 6 months of employment.

6. Valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's licenses must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required of their position.

7. Pass Commission medical exam.

Supplemental Information:

May work evenings and weekends.

Working conditions will include work indoors and outdoors.

Exposed to weather, dirt, waste, odors, chemicals, pesticides, wildlife and insects.