Park Specialist 1/2 - Urban Forestry

  • City of Eugene
  • Eugene, OR, USA
  • May 23, 2019
Full time Climber Grounds person

Job Description

Application Deadline - June 7, 2019.  Accepting online applications only.  Apply at www.eugene-or.gov/jobs.

Are you an urban forestry professional ready to join one of the Pacific Northwest's premiere programs? Eugene's Urban Forestry program is part of the Green Infrastructure Section of the Parks and Open Space Division within Public Works. The Green Infrastructure Section is focused on services within the public right-of-way including the urban forest, green stormwater facilities, vegetated medians and specialty landscapes. 
The City of Eugene is located in the Willamette Valley, which offers a wide range of recreational activities to residents and visitors. Home to the University of Oregon, Eugene is a progressive community with engaged residents, a vibrant arts community and is known as Track Town USA; hosting national and international track and field events. Eugene offers many of the amenities of a larger city while retaining the feel and characteristics of a smaller city including a strong sense of community and a short commute to work with little traffic congestion. 

Eugene's Urban Forestry program is primarily responsible for approximately 76,000 street trees of 406 varieties. This portion of our urban forest has an estimate value of $151 million, and a conservatively estimated $5 million in annual benefits to Eugene residents. The FY19 operating budget allocation is $2.2 million to maintain these important assets. Urban Forestry's mission is to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene's urban forest and to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement.
 
The Urban Forestry team is comprised of nine urban foresters in a range of classifications from Park Specialists, Technical Specialists and Management Analyst. The team is highly credentialed, most recently obtaining accreditation by Society of Municipal Arborists. Every member of the team is an ISA Certified Arborist and many hold multiple additional ISA certifications including six Municipal Specialists, eight Tree Risk Assessors, two Tree Worker/Climber Specialists and three Board Certified Master Arborists.

**Please note: actual assigned duties will depend on the skill level of the employee**
Responsible for maintaining trees in the City's right-of -way areas and parks; responds to service requests and hazardous trees and limbs. Example of duties include: aerial lift operation, tree climbing, brush chipping, flagging, raking limbs, tree removal, stump grinding, and assisting with pruning trees.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS 

Experience and Training Guidelines – Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
One year manual work in grounds keeping, arboriculture, parks and/or natural area maintenance, wildland firefighting.