Website City Of Waukesha - Parks Recreation and Forestry


OPENING DATE: 01/27/20
CLOSING DATE: 02/21/20 04:30 PM

This is highly responsible administrative and managerial work involving oversight of the daily operations of the Forestry Division of the Department, which serves in the capacity of City Forester and is responsible for the planting, removal and care of all the trees on City-owned property, with equal emphasis on parks and street trees.

Starting Salary: $70,611; maximum $95,324 achieved through merit increases.


  • Recruits, hires, supervises and evaluates all personnel with the Forestry Division.
    • Maintains and manages a master parks and street tree plan for the City.
    • Plans, supervises, and directs all aspects of arborist duties, and also performs those duties, including the planting, transplanting, removing, cultivating, pruning, fertilizing, spraying, injecting and repairing of trees.
    • Inspects and reviews work of the crew.
    • Attends Parks, Recreation & Forestry Board, Finance Committee, Common Council and other meetings as needed regarding Tree Hearings, budgets, fleet purchases, etc.
    • Oversees the layout of seasonal planting of park, street and boulevard trees, including their selection.
    • Administers and enforces department policies, work and safety rules, regulations and disciplinary action consistent with City policies; makes recommendations for changes to existing policies and procedures related to the efficient and economical use of labor, equipment and services.
    • Prepares and maintains all applicable records and prepares reports as needed.
    • Makes presentations to staff members, other departments, agencies, elected officials, organizations and the public as needed.
    • Develops or secures Requests for Proposals (RFPs), coordinates any related contractual arrangements, obtains price quotes and estimates, and develops requisite specifications in order to successfully implement a project, repair, improvement or service.
    • Reports park system acts of tree-related vandalism to local Police, submits any related insurance claim information and coordinates the removal/replacement of any trees as necessary.
    • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, other departments and the general public.
    • Assists in the supervision of other department divisions or crews when necessary.
    • Reviews and assists in park planning as related to tree preservation and planting.
    • Provides support staff for special event preparations and functions.
    • Prepares and maintains records and reports pertaining to the City’s street tree inventory program.
    • Manages all forestry-related service requests and email from City residents, departments and officials; schedules work and conducts follow up as necessary.
    • Checks to ensure that mechanical repairs and maintenance work on all types of vehicles and equipment assigned to the Forestry Division is completed as assigned.
    • Advises property owners and residents on various tree-related issues.
    • Diagnoses diseases and pest infestations; directs and supervises the treatment of those conditions.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Valid Wisconsin driver’s license with excellent driving record, CDL with B & C endorsements (A preferred) within 1 year of hire; Secure and maintain a Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license category 3 within 1 year of hire; CPR/First Aid/AED Certification within 6 months of hire; Forklift Certification within 1 year of hire; ability to pass pre and random post-hire drug and alcohol screenings.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Work is performed mostly outdoors; hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment, power tools and various types of equipment and machinery.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, prolonged visual concentration and the ability to adjust focus.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk and hear; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and
reach with hands and arms.
• The employee is frequently required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, crouch or kneel.
• The employee is frequently exposed to adverse weather conditions including extreme heat, cold, wetness and humidity; and to other unpleasant conditions such as dim or bright lighting, dust,
odors, noise, toxic agents, vibration, electrical currents and heavy machinery.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and sometimes, in excess of 50 pounds.


201 Delafield Street, Room 205
Waukesha, WI 53188

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