Assistant Forester

Hiring Organization: City of Rutland
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Rutland, VT
Application Deadline: October 16, 2016

Primary Duties:
Urban Tree Program
The Assistant City Forester/Arborist supports the development and implementation of a City OrnamentalTree Program. These duties include:
  • Maintain the status of Rutland City as a Tree City USAby the National Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Inspect, replace, plant, fertilize, prune and apply pest control for urban trees within the City.
  • Maintain a tree in ventory and hazard tree assessment for trees within the City and other records as directed.
  • Maintain the City tree nursery.
  • Coordinate the removal of dead or dying trees and planting or replanting of new trees.
  • Support the efforts of volunteer groups engaged in urban tree planting projects.
  • Work directly with other Divisions and Departments as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • City Watershed Forest Program Assist in the development of forest management plans for the City forest/watershed.
  • Mark timber for harvest or improvement cutting.
  • Assist the City Forester/Arborist with timber sale contracts and show areas to logging contractors.
  • Check contractor operations for compliance with State forestry regulations, safety requirements and contract provisions.
  • Assist the City Forester/Arborist with the watershed reforestation program.
  • Maintain records as required, including required reporting associated with City’s stump dump.
  • Related forestry work as required.
  • Assist the Water Treatment Division as required.
Other Duties:
  • Tree identification to variety level of growth characteristics
  • Soils identification specific to urban environments
  • Property line identification specific to established rights of ways
  • Tree planting
  • Tree pruning
  • Tree removal, cabling, bracing, corrective practices
  • Equipment operations and maintenance
  • Equipment safety, saws, chippers, traffic safety, personal safety
  • Identification of tree diseases and pests
  • Public speaking and public relations
  • Common laws/regulations regarding trees
  • Must be able to demonstrate or perform basic job duties of crew members.
Educational Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of Forestry or equivalent experience.
  • Two (2) years’ experience in forestry or related occupation.
Other Skills, Abilities, Attributes
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate strong team working skills and the ability to follow directions as given.
  • Willingness to do hands-on work within a strong team environment or in a self-directed environment.
  • Understanding of arborist processes and ability to get things accomplished.
  • Resourcefulness–able to cooperatively work with other divisions to accomplish required tasks.
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills. Ability to balance multiple tasks at once.
  • Detail oriented with emphasis on accuracy.
  • Must have physical endurance and the ability to concentrate while operating equipment for long periods during projects or emergencies.
  • Language Ability Ability to communicate with others in a clear and reasonable manner.
  • Must be able to understand and retain complex technical oral instructions.
  • Must be able to clearly communicate instructions to fellow employees & community member volunteers.
Mathematical Skills
  • This position will likely use mathematical concepts in estimating depths, lengths, widths, angles, area, weights (metric and US customary measurement systems).
  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide and be comfortable with percentage calculations.
Reasoning Ability
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Computer Skills
  • Ability to operate database management and word processing software, with training to be provided.
  • Ability to use GIS software.
Certificates and Licenses
  • Must hold a valid Vermont Forester License pursuant to 26 V.S.A. § 4903(a)(4).
  • Advanced training to attain Certified Arborist status through the International Society of Arboriculture is highly recommended. Membership in the Society of American Foresters is also highly encouraged. Both of these organizations require minimum experience standards and passage of written tests.
  • Valid Vermont commercial driver’s license with additional certifications required for the on-road operation of equipment (if any).
Supervisory Responsibilities
Physical Demands
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to operate equipment and tools. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, kneel and climb. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is required to lift, push, pull, hold and carry up to 50 pounds. Walking on uneven surfaces may be required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision as well as distance vision for evaluating objects at a far.
  • Must be able to lift, push pull, hold and carry 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to use a ladder to access and exit trees.
  • Must be able to use chipper, saws, cabling, bracing and other corrective implements.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and, at times, could be loud for extended periods where proper PPE for noise control is required. This position requires work outdoors in varying environments from hot, to moderate, to cold. This position may be exposed to all elements of nature. This position could also require the employee to work on unleveled or uneven surfaces where depth perception is required.
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