URBAN FORESTER, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Plano

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At the City of Plano, our values make us who we are and guide us as we SERVE our city.  As members of Team Plano, our organizational Values (what is most important to us) make up the acronym, SERVE (Stewardship Engaged Respectful Visionary Excellence). 

Job Details


  • Plans, develops, coordinates, inspects, and administers City tree plantings, landscape, and other improvement projects in parks, medians and right-of-way, and other public areas.
  • Manages Capital Improvement Program installation construction projects and other professional services contracts.
  • Researches, develops, and administers long-range planning for the sustainable management of the City’s urban forest and related natural resources.
  • Develops and plans tree inventories and management plans.
  • Researches and applies for grants to support urban forestry projects.
  • Engages the community in outreach, management plans, existing park renovations, and tree planning projects; determines needs and solicits feedback.
  • Develops technical specifications related to public landscape capital improvement projects and ensure that City standards are met and are developed with normally accepted construction practices and procedures.
  • Prepares bid documents; reads and interprets plans for review; develops project scopes.
  • Coordinates and directs projects affecting public with other City departments and agencies.
  • Updates and oversees the park and median tree inventories through the use of software systems, maintenance plans, and programs for the sustainable management of urban forests and landscape.
  • Plans, coordinates and hosts Arbor Day ceremonies and community tree planting events; oversees the City’s Tree USA certification annually.
  • Collaborates with resource specialists inside and outside the organization to foster an urban tree maintenance control program which includes detection, evaluation of severity, determination of treatment, and implementation of measures to prevent or suppress potential, threatening, or emerging insect infestations.
  • Train, develop, and assist other City departments, supervisors and employees in proper tree care and protection issues.
  • Prepares various documents; prepares and delivers formal presentations to Council, Parks and Recreation Planning Boards, and other boards, commissions, and citizen organizations.
  • Monitors, evaluates and oversees the health and safety of the urban forest and publicly communicates maintenance objectives.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.
  • Analyze and make recommendations to correct cultural, structure or pathological problems in the landscape; prioritize and act on citizen service requests, determine financial requirements of projects and programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: Principles and practices of arboriculture, horticulture, construction techniques, irrigation systems; Federal, State, and local environmental and land use issues and ordinances applicable to urban forestry; State and Federal guidelines for grant administration; basic landscape design principles and methods.

Skill in: Communicating clearly both verbally and in writing; using computers; adapting to new technology; making measurements using surveying equipment; completing complex mathematical calculations and measurements; reading and interpreting plans and blue prints; preparing landscape plans and bid documents; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Environmental Science, Horticulture, or related field.
  • Two (2) years of urban forestry experience within a municipality.


  • Texas Class C driver’s license (must obtain within 30 days of hire per state law).
  • International Society of Arborists (ISA) certification.