City Forest Officer

Website City of Los Angeles

DUTIES

Management of Citywide Forest Program
● Plans, develops, organizes and directs a Citywide Forest Program, carrying out adequate coordination, management, planning, and research across all City departments and in collaboration with outside stakeholders to maximize the use of resources and reach a common urban forestry vision.
● Serves as the lead expert in developing, analyzing, and recommending policies, and general methods and procedures related to procuring, planting, maintaining, protecting, and expanding the City’s urban forest.
● Provides annual reports on the City’s urban forest (i.e., canopy cover, tree health, urban forestry funding, etc.).

Policy and Strategic Planning
● Serves as an advisor and technical expert to the Mayor, City Council, Board and its Executive Officer on urban forestry matters and prepares administrative studies and directives.
● Researches, tracks, and advises on current and emerging urban forest legislation, best management practices, scientific inquiry, technology, and tree related issues such as climate change, storm water management, pest/disease management, soil management, treatment and removal, etc. to provide guidance and direction on policies, programs, and budgets.
● Manages the funding, creation, and implementation of the City’s Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), provides regular updates to the UFMP, and influences other relevant citywide plans to achieve a common urban
forestry vision.

Stakeholder Engagement and Community Outreach
● Serves as liaison to the various relevant national, state, regional and local organizations and agencies, including the Community Forest Advisory Committee.
● Provides information on citywide tree programs and policies to community organizations, residents, businesses, builders/developers, volunteer groups and the media.
● Develops and implements public informational and educational programs regarding the value of trees and citywide urban forestry goals, manages relevant media relations, and provides public presentations.

Fiscal and Grants Management
● Assists with executing an urban forest financing study.
● Formulates and administers program budget, oversees fund management, maintains administrative and financial records, and prepares budgetary reports and recommendations.
● Identifies and pursues funding for urban forestry through City budget, grants, and non-traditional sources.
● Prepares, writes, and secures alternative sources of funding, including grants.

(Salary Range – $119,767 to $179,943)

QUALIFICATIONS
This opportunity is open to all individuals who meet the following minimum criteria:

1) Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college/university; AND
2a) Two years of full-time paid experience at the level of Street Tree Superintendent with the City of Los Angeles, supervising or managing urban forestry programs; OR
2b) Three years of full-time paid professional experience supervising or managing urban forestry programs.

Ideal candidates will have the following desired qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree in a related field such as Urban Forestry, Arboriculture, Forest Management, or Landscape Architecture is a plus.
• A minimum of two years of recent urban forestry relevant experience in supervisory, management, or administrative responsibilities is a plus.
• Registration and/or Certification as a Certified Arborist or Municipal Specialist by the International Society of Arboriculture is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

All interested candidates should submit a (1) letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) completed City application, and (4) at least three work-related references (include names, titles, affiliations and telephone numbers) by the filing
deadline.

The resume should reflect the candidate’s experience in working with organizations and portfolios of comparable size, scope, complexity, and should detail notable accomplishments. The City Application can be downloaded at
http://per.lacity.org/application.pdf. The application must be scanned as a single .pdf file and submitted electronically.

Please submit your entire application pack via e-mail on or by the extended deadline of 5:00 p.m. (PST), Friday, May 3, 2019, to: City of Los Angeles, Personnel Department at per.hiremebpw@lacity.org. E-mail subject line
should read: “City Forest Officer”. Questions may be referred to Stephanie Barajas at (213) 978-1830.

To apply for this job please visit per.lacity.org.