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   City of Charlotte Hiring Assistant City Arborist Position

Position Close Date: Open Until Filled

General Summary:

The City of Charlotte is a leader in arboriculture, tree management, and urban forest management efforts to support City Council’s interest in a robust tree canopy. This position is based in the City of Charlotte Engineering and Property Management Department's Landscape Management Division and is responsible for assisting the City Arborist in all aspects of planting, maintaining, and preserving City street trees.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant City Arborist is responsible for coordinating and managing the City’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program; enforcing the Charlotte Tree Ordinance, issuing Notices of Violations and assessing civil penalties and fines; reviewing/inspecting Capital and private development plans/sites; co-managing the City’s tree inventory; managing urban forest pest/disease issues on street trees; coordinating research programs on City trees; supervising two (2) Assistant Field Operations Supervisors; participating in emergency on-call storm response program and other duties as needed.

The role of the Assistant City Arborist involves providing quality customer service during extensive interaction with citizens, developers, homeowner groups and other government and community agencies in carrying out local tree ordinances, polices, and procedures. 

The Assistant City Arborist will assist the City Arborist and Tree Canopy Program Manager in the planning, development and implementation of education and outreach sessions aimed at increasing the Charlotte community’s appreciation for and awareness of the value of the tree canopy and the City’s role in tree stewardship. Periodic attendance at evening and weekend events will be required.    

The Assistant City Arborist and team will be required to manage a tree planting budget and contract awarding/enforcement process.   

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture or related field and 5 years related experience. 

A minimum 5 years in urban forestry, tree program management, and supervisory experience is preferred.

Local government experience is preferred.


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City of Charlotte Hiring Urban Forestry Intern

Position CLose Date: Open Until Filled

The City of Charlotte Engineering Internship Program is designed to recruit diverse college students majoring in Forestry, Arboriculture, Environmental Science, Biology or related disciplines. The program provides full-time employment during the summer and offers students real life job experiences.  Landscape Management is one of  several divisions offering internships within Engineering & Property Management.  If interested, please apply for other Engineering & Property Management internships separately. 


Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The City of Charlotte’s Engineering & Property Management Department is recruiting for one (1) Engineering Intern for employment during the 2016 summer months.  The applicant selected will be assigned to the Landscape Management Division’s Team to assist Professional Arborists and Urban Foresters with urban forestry tasks and activities.  Specific duties include:  Using ArcGIS to document tree save areas, completing general environmental assessments of those areas, rank neighborhoods for tree planting potential and assist with stewardship for trees planted by volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from high school, with college-level courses in urban forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental studies or related field.  Coursework in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture or environmental studies preferred. Current college enrollment is required. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Good communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to work well with others; ability to interact courteously and effectively with the public and City staff. Ability to work independently. Proficiency in reading and interpreting construction plans desirable; Proficiency with ArcGIS preferred. Ability to identify common tree species of the southeastern United States preferred. Requires good driving record, valid driver’s license, ability to receive and maintain a City Driving Permit, and a dependable passenger vehicle. (Please note that in order to receive a City Driving Permit, employees must have their license for a minimum of two years).

Must be able to walk over rough terrain and work in adverse weather conditions (hot & cold) and be able to walk from 1 to 2 miles over various types of terrain.


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