Forestry Manager – City of Houston

Applications Accepted from:  All Persons Interested

Division/Section: Greenspace Operations/Urban Forestry

Workdays & Hours: M- F, 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*

*Subject to change

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Houston Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to building a sustainable community and enhance the quality of urban life by providing safe well-maintained parks and offering affordable programming for our community. To achieve this mission, HPARD is seeking a Forestry Manager  to join its Greenspace Operations Urban Forestry team.  The potential candidate will play a key role in the following duties:

Coordinates and oversees field aspects of planting programs, reviews planting plan requests from outside agencies and performs oversight and monitoring of tree planting contracts Works with Urban Forestry managers and department personnel to coordinate annual Arbor Day planting event Visits local nurseries and selects trees for mass planting projects throughout the city Coordinates tree planting schedules and plans with public utility companies, city agencies and the general public Coordinates and monitors activities of landscaping contractors to ensure work conforms to specifications and plant materials meet city quality standards Coordinates and monitors the activities of volunteer tree planting organizations Investigates various tree related 311 Service Requests by reviewing city right-of-ways and parks for hazard remediation and general tree maintenance needs Coordinates and conducts weekly in-house safety meetings and workshops with staff Reviews tree maintenance work performed by contractor; ensures work is satisfactory and completed as listed on the work order using proper arboriculture techniques and standards Reviews construction plans for tree protection compliance Prepares periodic employee performance evaluations; reviews contents with the employee Performs on-call duties in rotation with office staff throughout the calendar year As Tier I personnel, report to work as required during all major storm events to inspect trees in assigned maintenance zone Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor


This position occasionally requires stooping or bending and light lifting (up to 20 pounds) may be required.  There are occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less-than-optimal temperature and air conditions.



A Bachelor’s degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Botany or a related field is required, with at least one course in Dendrology.


Four years of professional forestry or tree maintenance experience are required, including three of the years in a supervisory capacity.

Substitution:  An Associate’s degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Urban Forestry, Botany or a related field, with at least one course in Dendrology; and two years of journey level forestry or tree maintenance experience, may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree requirement.


Must have a valid driver’s license and comply with the City of Houston’s policy on driving (AP 2-2)


A firm knowledge of OSHA Regulations, ANSI Standards and/or any other federal, state or city regulations/standards relating to tree care operations, skill in coordinating projects involving multiple agencies, and the ability to communicate effectively and make oral presentations.

**Eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**



The selection process will involve application review and/or interview.


If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.


Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. The salary range is: Pay Grade 24


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at:

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Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.


All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.


EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Houston is 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, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.