Urban Forestry & Landscape Manager
JOB CODE: 1004
PAY GRADE: 2250
SALARY RANGE: $47,595 - $80,509
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Maintenance
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs highly responsible professional work interfacing with the public on technical matters involving landscape architecture, arboriculture and horticulture. Work involves coordinating the City-Parish beautification and litter-control programs and initiatives; directing the East Baton Rouge Historic Marker program; working closely with utility companies and developers granting line clearing and landscaping permits; regularly assisting the East Baton Rouge Tree Commission and the Mayor-President's Beautification Commission; and working in cooperation with other City-Parish departments and outside agencies. Work is performed independently and reviewed through reports and results obtained. Performs other work as requested.
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Directs the Urban Forestry and Landscape operations. Develops an orderly process for identifying public tree and landscape needs, including maintenance, removal, planting, replacement, and inventorying existing tree resources. Identifies problems such as damaged, diseased, and stressed trees; formulates corrective measures to address such problems. Assists architects, landscape architects, developers, builders, contractors and the general public in preventing damage to trees and other natural resources during construction. Directs and manages the East Baton Rouge Adopt-A-Spot program and coordinates the permitting of planting projects on public property. Attends all meetings of the City-Parish Tree Commission as a nonvoting ex-officio member; attends all meetings of the City-Parish Beautification Commission as a nonvoting ex-officio member; attends meetings of the Metropolitan Council and Planning Commission, as necessary, to participate in issues involving arboriculture, beautification and natural resources management. Provides public education and coordinates special projects such as Arbor Day ceremonies, awards programs, cleanup events, festivals and other events as required. Works with local officials, beautification groups, other organizations or individuals interested in community pride and environmental responsibility. Develops and proposes policy and procedures for City-Parish tree workers.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture, urban design, urban forestry and natural resource management. Knowledge of urban forestry and design problems to formulate a City-Parish Tree Plan. Ability to educate the public and various other groups and agencies on the needs of community trees, landscaping, beautification and other natural resource concerns. Ability to identify public tree and landscape needs and concerns. Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedents, and to use resourcefulness, tact and courtesy in meeting new problems and dealing with the public. Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate employees. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, other agencies, and the general public. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, forestry, or a closely related field and four years of professional work experience in landscape architecture, urban forestry, arboriculture, planning, or a related field.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Attainment of a Louisiana State Landscape Architect's license and/or a Louisiana State Arborist's license, and attainment of a Louisiana Pesticide-Herbicide license at the time of appointment. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.