Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Planning Coordinator

Hiring Organization: City of Ann Arbor
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Planning Coordinator

Role Summary:

Plan, facilitate, coordinate and achieve the environmental goals for the City of Ann Arbor related to its urban forest and natural features including wetlands, steep slopes, native plant species, landmark trees and woodlands. Champion the planning and coordination of urban forestry and natural feature issues. Develop and draft ordinances and administrative policies for consideration and develop and/or execute plans for implementation. Assist the City in planning the urban forest, and assist other units during regulatory review of complex sites to determine compliance with regulations.


Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the Public Works Manager or designee and may include the following:

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for the implementation, review and periodic updating of the Urban and Community Forest Management Plan, including determining actions acceptable to the community, and drafting policies for implementation of the plan.
  • Responsible for developing annual street tree planting plan.
  • Respond to resident and City Council inquiries related to trees and other natural features.
  • Review site plans and right-of-way permits for compliance with City ordinances related to natural features and landscaping, and conduct site compliance inspections following construction to ensure projects adhere to approved plans.
  • Evaluate trees in city right-of-way and other natural features such as landscaping, wetlands, etc. in natural areas, woodlands, parks and on private property as part of the site plan review process.
  • Responsible for overseeing the Geographic Information System based street and park tree in inventory, including, updating inventory assets based tree work completed and providing quality control/quality assurance of forestry work orders.
  • Responsible for contract management and oversight of tree maintenance contractors, including, developing bid documents and specifications for tree planting, pruning and removal activities; coordinating contractor work assignments; contract performance and payment.
  • Plan for the inventory, assessment, and monitoring the health of the urban forest resources.
  • Assist Public Works Supervisors and forestry crews with tree assessments, work plans and other items as needed.
  • Coordinate with other departments on construction projects to review tree protection and planting plans.
  • Review existing City Plans / policy / ordinances / regulations for matters and opportunities relating to urban forestry and arboriculture, revise or draft new policy / ordinances / regulations for urban forestry.
  • Review existing ordinances/regulations, as needed, and revise or draft new ordinances/regulations related to landscaping/screening requirements and for the management, preservation or protection of watercourses, wetlands, steep slopes, landmark trees and woodlands.   
  • Coordinate with city units and state agencies regarding policy and programs to aid in implementing the City's urban forestry objectives.
  • Partner with agencies, landowners and businesses and industry professionals to grow the tree canopy.
  • Identify and secure stable funding to maintain or expand the forestry program.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Elizabeth Dean Fund Committee.
  • Coordinate and manage the Citizen Pruner program


  • Participate in personal development
  • Lead, facilitate and participate in meetings and area/unit opportunities
  • Prepare and give presentations
  • Assist and provide technical support to planning efforts, such as for public infrastructure, public facilities and parks
  • Assist other units in performing reviews of complex sites for compliance with regulations
  • Communicate with neighborhood associations and citizens, providing technical support via trainings, workshops, discussions and publications
  • Promote learning about trees through public education
  • Work with interns and work on student projects
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)

  • Urban forestry and arboriculture
  • Natural Features such as watercourses, wetlands, steep slopes, trees and wood lots, and the issues related to management of these features in an urban environment.
  • Landscaping
  • Watershed planning and management
  • Municipal development processes
  • Federal / State / Local regulations regarding natural features

Skills and Ability to:(position requirements at entry)

  • Independently identify needs and implement solutions
  • Work as a team member
  • Express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Deal effectively with the public
  • Be innovative and resourceful
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to audiences of varying sizes and knowledge
  • Demonstrate effective time management techniques
  • Use computers and related software including word-processing, spreadsheets, computerized maintenance management systems, PowerPoint, GIS, and email. Facilitate and lead meetings
  • Proficient leadership skills including team facilitation and communication and customer relations


Standard office equipment, PC, fax, copier, calculator, multi-line telephones and other miscellaneous office equipment.

Education, Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college or university with a major in forestry, ecology, natural resources or related field
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental planning, urban forestry, natural resources management or related field.


  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in forestry, natural resources, environmental planning or related field

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)


  • ISA Certified Arborist


  • ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist (within five years)
  • SAF Certified Forester
  • MNLA Michigan Certified Nurseryman

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Positions in this classification may require: reaching, standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

The incumbent may be required to traverse on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces and to safely maneuver in and around construction sites, work areas, natural areas, woodlands, parks and on private property. .

Move and lift light objects less than 20 pounds such as mail, files and supplies. Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements. The ability to remain in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.