Urban Forester

Urban Forester​

Great Parks of Hamilton County is seeking a qualified professional to preserve and manage our trees. At Great Parks, our team members work together to preserve and protect natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and education in order to enhance the quality of life for present and future generations.

Great Parks is now accepting applications for the position of Urban Forester in the Conservation and Parks Division. This full-time position is based at Glenwood Gardens and includes planning, protection and risk management related to trees in all 22 parks and preserves.

A successful Urban Forester manages the urban forest, forestry staff and reforestation activities throughout Great Parks. Oversees hazard tree program and arbor care as well as advising on impacts to trees related to recreation and projects. The job requires occasional weekend work as the leadership role travels to various parks. This position leads full and part-time employees, contractors and volunteers on projects and routine maintenance. An ideal candidate has excellent interpersonal skills, a strong commitment to safety, a wealth of experience working with trees and a willingness to learn and grow.

Be a part of an inclusive organization that enriches the region by inspiring nature-based experiences, celebrating cultural heritage and building strong and healthy communities through our dedicated staff, volunteers and friends.


Knowledge of: Urban forestry management topics such as risk, safety, planning and coordinating utility maintenance, Urban Forestry practices, standards and equipment; sprayer and other pesticide application equipment; chemical pesticides and application; pathogens, fungi and invasive insects; Great Parks policies and procedures; computer software, programs and applications. Ability to read and understand blueprints and engineering design drawings

Ability to: Exhibit good problem solving and good judgement in keeping with the mission of the park district; maintain confidential and sensitive information; understand and demonstrate respect for cultural and socio-economic differences; support a working atmosphere consistent with Great Parks’ equal employment opportunity; embrace and support constructive change; consistently follow safety and security procedures and practices; contribute toward building a positive team working environment; establish and maintain an effective working relationship with associates, officials, general public, and other job contacts.

Perform manual work for extended periods of time; apply advanced supervisory principles to practical work situations; develop and maintain working relationships with associates, supervisors, job contacts and general public; stand for extended periods of time; plan long and short range objectives; evaluate work situations, identify problems and determine appropriate solutions; prepare comprehensive records and report; demonstrate flexibility; plan work schedules.

Skill in: Verbal and written communication, drafting, and landscape design; operation of job-related equipment; application of pesticides; planning, scheduling and organizing work; pushing, pulling, lifting and moving objects of varying weight; operation of computer; application of GIS and other job-related software programs.


An appropriate combination of education, training, course work and experience may qualify an applicant to demonstrate required knowledge, skills, and abilities. An example of an acceptable qualification is:

Associates Degree in Horticulture or related program with 5 to 7 years’ experience in urban or municipal forestry or horticulture supervision. Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Urban Forestry, or related program with 5 to 7 years’ experience in urban or municipal forestry or horticulture supervision.

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements.


State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets GPHC current carrier guidelines; State Pesticide Applicator’s License; ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist; ISA TRAQ qualification.

Typical starting rate $55,686-$69,608

Apply by: 11:59 pm July 7, 2021

Great Parks is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or any other classification protected under applicable law

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Pension/Retirement, Recreation Benefits

Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle, Criminal Background Check

Apply @ www.greatparks.org/jobs.

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