The City of Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department is seeking an experienced and passionate City Arborist to manage the City's forestry and right of way landscaping. In this position, you will supervise, oversee, and coordinate the city forestry program and assigned right of way areas to provide beautiful parks and parkways for citizens and visitors.
This supervisory position includes reviewing of landscaping plans for new developments, designing of new landscaping, recommendations for revisions to City Code governing the use of public spaces and street trees, overseeing snow removal operations, and the assigning of schedules and duties to staff. This position may also assist at parks, cemetery grounds, recreation facilities and landscaping at other City owned properties. Individuals are expected to work in a safe and efficient manner. Receives instructions and technical advice from the Parks Superintendent and Parks Director.
1. Performs landscape design, selection, and maintenance on city owned planters, flowerpots, and beds. work with growers and contractors in planning landscape installation.
2. Monitors and maintains maintenance budgets, making informed recommendations for expenditures when necessary. Oversee and approve expenditures.
3. Maintain the downtown holiday lighting and work with contractors for adjustments and repairs.
4. Respond to snow removal needs in a timely manner with both equipment operation and handwork.
5. Represent the city when interacting with the public and stakeholders including the DDA and other City Boards and Commissions.
6. Community Forestry—process tree removal permits, meeting with citizens to explain the municipal code and the responsibility of trees/plants and rights of way maintenance.
7. Perform minor tree pruning in the rights of way to remove nuisance or hazardous branches.
8. Manage the tree inventory with GIS interface.
9. Review landscape and irrigation plans to ensure compliance with best management practices for new developments within the city.
10. Manage Tree City USA yearly recertification and the educational outreach to the community regarding forestry. Organize the annual Arbor Day Celebration.
11. Ability to work an on-call schedule as needed. Weekend shift and evening coverage may be required for emergencies and snow removal.
• Customer Service: Ability to interact courteously with the public and stakeholders.
• Communication: This position requires the ability to communicate effectively within all departments.
• Initiative: This position requires the ability to take ownership and responsibility for the areas assigned.
• Team Player: This position requires the ability to function as a team, take direction and/or work independently.
• Problem Solving/ Decision Making: Effectively identify problems and come up with solutions based on sound judgement.
• Ability to cooperate with other divisions employees to foster a positive team atmosphere.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the ability to interpret technical information.
EDUCATION, TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
• ISA Certified Arborist.
• High School Diploma, GED or equivalent plus four (4) years of any combination of education and/or experience related to Forestry, Arboriculture, or a related field with at least one year of supervisory experience.
• Colorado State University Master Gardner’s Certificate or equivalent within 1st year of hire.
• Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel as well as becoming proficient in the organizations financial and asset management programs.
• Ability to obtain certificates in areas such as park safety, irrigation maintenance, weed management, pesticide application and tree maintenance.
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