Closing date: May 9, 2023
Senior Urban Forester (Continuous)
Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department
Coordinate the processing of land use and development applications, administer the Tree Protection Bylaw and provide advice on tree management and conservation issues relates to the Urban Forest Master Plan.
Administer the Tree Protection Bylaw for land use and development applications; respond to inquiries from applicants and their agents by explaining policy and procedures; compose correspondence to applicants and prepare reports to other departments and Council regarding subdivision and land use matters and compliance with relevant bylaws; propose updates to policies, procedures, regulations and bylaws.
Review applications and make recommendations on urban forest or park management, including protection and enhancement of community’s green infrastructure on private and City property; provide input on draft legal documents regarding statutory rights of way and master development and construction agreements; provide input into neighbourhood and official community plans.
Prepare, review and inspect arborist and landscape design reports to ensure compliance with City bylaws and/or specifications; verify estimates provided by developer’s consultants to establish bonding security values for works and services for both public and private land; undertake inspections to ensure adherence to specifications and approve the release of securities and deposits; provide direction and advice to staff on non-routine construction development and land issues as it relates to the urban forest.
Coordinate internal review comments from parks operations for development projects , maintain thorough and accurate records of all developments impacting trees, parks and boulevards.
Assist in the implementation and evaluation of the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan by conducting research, participating in community consultation meetings and assisting in developing policies, action plans and strategies; assist with the preparation of staff reports on tree related projects as assigned; attend public meetings on behalf of the City; initiate and promote community involvement and learning through urban forest initiatives.
Collaborate in a team environment to deliver operational work programs and provide excellent and efficient service to both internal and external customers. Attend and participate in meetings with other work sections, departments, or agencies on matters relating to the continued efficient operations within the Division.
Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public, other departments and the media regarding tree issues.
Mentor, coach and train junior staff, in coordination with the Supervisor- Urban Forest Planning.
Perform related duties where qualified.
Work is generated by permit and land use applications and from the Supervisor
Work is reviewed by the Supervisor
Complex issues regarding policy and development applications are discussed and coordinated with the Supervisor
Deal with conflict and negative people (occasional)
Deal with complex problems (often)
Focus on a variety of source data and detailed drawings for short periods (often)
Conduct site inspections (occasional)
KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Organize and prioritize work
Understand and apply the principles of land development and urban forestry
Compose and present policies and reports
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Deal with the public with tact and diplomacy
Knowledge of Tree protection Bylaw, park and boulevard tree policies
Read, interpret and make recommendations on plans, blueprints, working drawings
Establish and maintain effective working relationships
Mentoring and training junior staff
Formal Education, Training and Occupational Certification:
High School graduation
Undergraduate degree in Urban Forestry, Planning, Landscape Architecture, or related field (4 years)
Completion of courses in an accredited supervisory/leadership development program which cover: Conflict Management, Leadership, Report writing and Communication. (80 hours)
Maintain Current and valid International Society of Arboriculture Arborist (ISA) certification
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) (24 hours)
Current and valid Class 5 BC Drivers Licence.
5 years of experience in urban forestry, including experience with review of complex land use applications.
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 35 hour work week
$54.02 per hour, Pay Grade 17 (Under Review)
Job Code #4444
This is a CUPE Local 50 Position
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At the City of Victoria, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.