Forester – City of Arlington

City Of Arlington, Texas  PARKS and RECREATION, Forestry and Beautification Division

All application must be submitted through City of Arlington Career Opportunities webpage,

Work Status

Full Time


SALARY: 48,671.00 – 60,839.00 Salary USD

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, supervises forestry work to ensure the continuity and health of community trees along city streets, parks and related areas. Provides technical assistance to individuals and groups relating to arboriculture, insect and disease management, tree evaluation, tree risk assessment, planting cultivation, pruning, tree care, and other related duties related to the management of an urban forest.

Essential Functions:

  1. Ability to organize, schedule and supervise forestry activities of assigned parks, city owned property, medians, rights of ways, and municipal facilities; includes planning and implementing long range tree management plans to improve the quality of life in the community through proper arboricultural techniques, selection of trees, irrigation system management, estimating requirements and procuring appropriate materials, support personnel, and volunteers for work projects.
  2. Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of tree management guidelines, work planning, forestry budgeting, cities policies and procedures, tree inventory records, urban forest sampling plans, and other forestry related documents periodically and as requested by city council or leadership.
  3. Ability to identify and inspect trees for disease, insects, structural form, safety and a biotic damage and the ability to prescribe and administer corrective actions for such. Includes conducting periodic inspections of trees to ensure the public’s safety from hazardous trees along city rights of way and public property.
  4. Ability to manage contract administration, which includes selecting and hiring contractors, monitoring work progress, and ensuring compliance with budgets as well as city, state, and federal regulations.
  5. Ability to manage, supervise, and coordinate urban forestry outreach and related events; including but not limited to the “Let’s Enhance Arlington Forestry” (L.E.A.F.) Program, Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA certification, annual Arbor Day event, and other community engagement. Includes filing necessary paperwork, marketing, organizing volunteers, speaking engagements, data collection, inventorying, ordering trees, scheduling deliveries, and creating publications.


  1. Ability to develop, implement, and review plans for construction of new facilities, parks, medians, rights of way, city owned property, as well as renovation of such facilities to provide technical assistance, construction inspections regarding tree care issues, and the feasibility of maintenance of the urban forest.
  2. Ability to use ArcGIS Pro, Cartegraph asset management, and other software necessary to conduct inventory and assessment, create public and internal maps, analyze data, and present results to the appropriate audience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

Knowledge of arboriculture principles and practices especially as applied to structural form and safety.

Knowledge of forest management practices, silviculture, and forest inventory and analysis, especially as it relates to the Cross Timbers ecoregion.

Knowledge of proper tree maintenance techniques, equipment maintenance, and facility maintenance.

Knowledge of trees, insects, diseases, and proper treatments.

Knowledge of materials, care and use of tools, and equipment used in tree removal, trimming, pesticide application, and general tree care.

Knowledge of National Arborist Association (NAA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), ANSI A-300 Standards, and The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) standards and practices.

Knowledge of procurement procedures at state, federal, and local government levels.

Skill in analyzing and evaluating policies, procedures, services, and facilities in order to develop recommendations for improvement.

Skill in managing and budgeting forestry work such as trimming and treatment for pests and disease.

Skill in communicating with customers, city employees, officials by oral or written means.

Skill in effective customer service.

Skill in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and asset management software.

Skill in preparing professional level reports, memoranda, letters, guidelines, etc.

Skill in interpersonal relationships, time management, and communication (written and verbal).

Skill in the use of irrigation system selection, design, installation, trouble shooting, and repair.

Ability to perform a variety of physical activities including but not limited to seeing, sorting, sitting, standing, twisting body, walking, and writing; including ability to lift up to 80 pounds and pushing and pulling up to 100 pounds.

Ability to plan, schedule, coordinate, and monitor work to accomplish departmental objectives.

Ability to direct, control, and plan operations involving the activities of others or processes with which others are involved.

Ability to create innovative ideas or solutions to resolve customer service delivery problems.

Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgement.

Ability to satisfy customer needs while firmly protecting the interests and resources of the City and of the Department.

Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including but not limited to personal computers, calculators, network equipment, telephones, and software packages.

Ability to operate a variety of maintenance equipment including, but not limited to chain saw, power pruner, wheelbarrow, and shovel.

Ability to work in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Ability to operate a motorized vehicle.

Qualifying Education and Experience:

A Degree in Urban Forestry, Forestry, Biology, Horticulture, or Environmental Science or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Possession of a valid Class C Texas Driver’s License with good driving record.

Licensed pesticide applicator by with the Texas Department of Agriculture or Structural Pest Control Board.

ISA Certified Arborist required prior to start date.

TCEQ Licensed Irrigator within six months of hire.

Pre-employment testing will include MVR, criminal history processing, and drug/alcohol testing.