Supervisor of Urban Forestry

Hiring Organization: City of Cincinnati
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Cincinnati, OH
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

General Statement of Duties

Provides leadership and planning for the staff and nine member Urban Forestry Board; assures that four basic services are provided by the Urban Forestry Management Section of the Parks Department: (1) immediate, 24-hour response to all complaints about dangerous trees; (2) preventative maintenance on all community street trees; (3) sufficient tree planting each year to assure 100,000 street trees over the next twenty years; and (4) performance of all related miscellaneous activities for an adequate urban forest program along 1,000 miles of public streets and in parks. Performs related duties as required. 

Examples of Work Performed:

(Illustrative only. Any one position within this classification may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all of the tasks which may be performed.)

  • Develops and follows through City Council the section's annual budget and ordinances for assessment and public tree care.
  • Serves as Executive Secretary of the Urban Forestry Board.
  • Works closely with the Board to develop and update the program's 20-year Forest Management Plan and to maintain a high degree of public support for the program.
  • Responds, on behalf of the Director of Parks, in writing to all questions and complaints from citizens and elected officials.
    Working knowledge of current safety policies, instructions for proper usage, and other procedures and professional practices required for completing job duties.
  • Identifies and eliminates all unsafe practices and conditions.
  • Sets goals and standards for the section's employees and conducts all necessary personnel activities for them.
  • Writes technical articles for nationwide publications and news releases for local promotion of forestry.
  • Administers contracts, supervises contractors, and inspects the quality and quantity of work prior to approving any vouchers.
  • Compiles survey data, writes contract specifications, and updates section's specifications with the most current technical and safety standards.
  • Works in the field with community volunteers who assist with pre-work surveys.
  • Conducts field work in support of the specific street tree work projects:  plantings, preventative maintenance, and emergency response.
  • Reviews public tree work applications and works with other City agencies on forestry matters.
  • Performs technical research and answers questions from the public.
  • Works on 24-hour call upon notification from the Traffic and Roads Operations Department or the Police Department to inspect trees which have fallen across roads or damaged private property.
  • Works with the Purchasing Division to obtain lowest bidding, qualified company to complete contract work.
  • Serves as an expert witness in court for the City.
  • Represents City during dealings with federal, state, and private forestry agencies.
  • Drives a car or van to make inspections and for "on call" purposes.
  • Manages in-house tree crews.

Minimum Qualifications (KSAs) 

(Illustrative only. Any one position may not require all of the listed KSAs nor do the listed examples include all the KSAs which may be required.)

  • Knowledge of:
    • Methods of motivation and supervision needed to keep professional staff operating at a high level.
    • Public relations and education techniques used to promote the program.
    • Urban forestry activities, laws, and basic premises to respond in writing for the section and its division and department heads to concerns from the public and elected officials.
    • Forestry contracting necessary to supervise and inspect all work done.
    • Safety policies and procedures, e.g., Employee Safety Instruction Manual.
    • The forestry program sufficient to attend and speak at public meetings and write in technical journals on behalf of the City.
    • Horticulture sufficient to develop training programs for various groups.

Skill to:

Drive a car or van.

Ability to:

  • Implement and maintain positive employee relations.
  • Promote and maintain highest integrity throughout all personnel.
  • Analyze and manage effective EEO/AA programs.
  • Write and speak effectively both for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Create innovative ideas that the Urban Forestry Board can use to help promote the program.
  • Carry out effective public relations, including using mass media to keep the citizens informed about their forest program.
  • Develop an annual budget and work through City Council for special assessments, etc.
  • Coordinate monthly and yearly program goals with section's long range management plan.
  • Perform technical forestry research, both internally and in the field.
  • Work with various City agencies on forestry activities.
  • Work closely with interested departments to obtain the best contracts for the lowest price and insure quality work. 

Required Education and Experience 

Open and Promotional: Each applicant must have one year experience in Rural Forest Management or Urban Forestry plus a minimum of sixty credit hours in the areas of dendrology, entomology, forest ecology, forest economics, forest management, forest mensuration, silviculture, forest policy and administration, landscaping and horticulture, plant pathology, timber harvesting, wood science, or wood utilization.


  • Must have a valid Driver's License.
  • Must be an excellent communicator and team builder.
  • Must have or obtain Certified Public Operator licenses granted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture as follows: Category 4a (Forest Pest Control-General); Category 4b (Forest Pest Control-Timberstand and Improvement); Category 5a (Industrial Vegetation Control-General); and Category 5b (Ornamental Plant and Shade Tree Pest Control).
  • Must obtain certification as an Ohio Certified Arborist.
  • Willingness to work irregular hours which may include evenings and weekends.

Note: All licenses and certifications must be obtained no later than the end of the probationary period. If they are not obtained during the probationary period, the employee will not pass probation and will be dismissed.


Military education and experience may be substituted for college level course work at the lower and upper division baccalaureate and graduate levels and apprenticeship training at the vocational certificate level on a case by case basis based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Guide recommendations.


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