Coordinate and direct the planning, development, administration and provision of urban forestry services, including tree and forest evaluation, disease diagnosis and prevention, tree maintenance, promotion of forestry information and ideas; develop goals and objectives for tree planting, pruning and removal; prepare and manage contracts and bids related to tree management. Coordinate urban forestry activities with other department supervisors and outside agencies to facilitate efficient, effective, and professional departmental operations; direct, supervise, train and evaluate performance of subordinates in the area of work assigned. Assist with management of forests in wildland-urban interface. Supervise employees, hire seasonal and intermittent employees, coordinate and develop subordinate staff performance measures and work plans, assign and prioritize work, evaluate performance of assigned staff, provide leadership, ensure safe work culture, and conduct trainings. Develop and implement best management practices, performance standards, and long-range plans.
Implement and update the adopted comprehensive tree plan for the City including criteria for: removing high-risk trees, advocating for the health of existing trees, promoting climate resiliency, enhancing the beauty of City parks, greenways and streets, and managing risk to reduce liability. Participate in subdivision and park planning and prepare conditions and recommendations. Prepare reports and planning documents; assist with strategic planning for the department; prepare and administer grants related to urban forestry and assigned public areas or programs. Assist with development and implementation of operating and capital budget for the Urban Forestry program; approve and monitor spending of allocated budget. Assist with implementation of social equity programs and practices. Assist with implementation of collaborative community open space, green infrastructure and climate resiliency projects.
Maintain and coordinate the inventory of all public trees in street rights-of-way and in developed City parks and greenways; specify and order plant material; develop and implement ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures necessary for a healthy urban forest; manage risk to reduce liability from dead or dangerous trees. Effectively communicate with planning and development communities, labor staff and management team members, elected officials, non-profits and volunteers. Work closely with Trees for Missoula, a non-profit advocacy, support, and volunteer non-profit. Provide updates, programs, and classes to neighborhoods, Park Board, City Council and other. Serve as one of several Park’s managers on-call on a rotational basis. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of modern best management practices, regulations, standards, and techniques related to plant health care and integrated pest management; principles, benefits, and basic green infrastructure designs to manage stormwater; ecosystem and social benefits of urban forests; basic wildland forest ecology and management of fuels within the wildland urban interface; of ANSI-A300 Standards, OSHA standards and guidelines, ANSI-Z133-2012 Arboricultural Safety Standards, MUTCD Traffic Control Standards and how to apply them.
Skill in acquiring grants, alternative funding and leveraging tax-dollars to expand service; utilizing urban forestry tools and technologies including tomographs, tree inventory software, GPS and GIS; planting, trimming and removing trees while implementing safe working conditions and managing job-site risk; planning, developingand implementing forestry management plans, and educating the public about forestry management; developing and delivering presentations.
Ability to direct, supervise, train and evaluate performance of subordinates in the area of work assigned; understand and convey oral and written instructions, read and interpret maps, construction plans, blueprints, work orders; detect, analyze and take appropriate action to correct deficiencies; keep clear and accurate records; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with subordinates, superiors and the general public.
Certification with the International Society of Arboriculture as a Certified Arborist. Able to obtain certification as an ISA Municipal Specialist within six (6) months of hire. Able to obtain qualification as a Tree Risk Assessor within six (6) months of hire. Montana commercial driver's license and pesticide applicator's license may be required within 30 days of hire.
CLOSING DATE: April 3, 2020
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits package; health insurance, vacation, sick leave, employee wellness and assistance programs, public employees retirement system (PERS).
About Missoula Parks and Recreation
The City of Missoula is in the heart of the northern Rockies. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, blue ribbon trout streams, and is surrounded by National Forest lands, including the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness. The population is approximately 70,000. Missoula residents rank high in their per capita participation in outdoor and organized sports, art, culture, and music. While budgets are challenging, citizens demonstrate exceptional support of their parks and recreation services. In addition to City provided public lands and programs, residents of Missoula are within minutes of Snowbowl Ski Area, and less than half a day from Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Missoula is a mecca for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, art, music and more. Missoula also offers wide varieties of education for all ages through public, parochial, experiential, and alternative learning opportunities. Missoula is the shopping and service center of western Montana. Additionally, Missoula attracts some of the greatest research and medical/health professionals in the nation due to the many recreation opportunities offered.... Missoula has been designated among the Top 100 Communities for Kids. Missoula Parks and Recreation is a dynamic department charged with maintaining most of Missoula's public spaces, which include the Urban Forest, 3600 acres of conservation lands, 400 acres of parkland with the development of a new 156 acre Fort Missoula Regional Park, and miles of commuter and recreation trails. The Department operates state of the art aquatic facilities including Currents, an indoor water park and fitness pool as well as Splash MT, a full service outdoor water park. The Department prides itself on successful public process and empowerment. It demonstrates that success through continued implementation of adopted plans such as; the Urban Area Comprehensive Master Parks and Recreation Plan, Open Space Plan, Conservation Lands Management Plan, Transportation Plan (including non-motorized). Friends of the Urban Forest, Missoula's newest advocacy group, is just now forming.
The City of Missoula is committed to building and sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage diversity in age, color, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political ideas, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make individuals unique. Reasonable accommodations in the selection process are provided, upon request, for individuals with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.