Job Specifications

Urban Forestry Program Manager

Job Code: 549200

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 25

Occupational Category: Life, Physical & Social Science

Effective Date: 10/16/2016

Class Definition:

Provide leadership, coordination and communications for the urban and community forestry program on a state-wide basis for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, including supervisory level administrative and technical work involving urban and community forestry policies, programs and projects. Duties cover the range of urban forest management functions with emphasis upon program development, administration, coordination of planning and direction of projects, and working with a variety of public, private, educational, and environmental interests. Supervision is exercised over staff of professional and technical employees. Work is performed under the direction of the Director of Forests.

Examples of Work:

Leads, coordinates, and promotes programming to lead citizens, business, and government in understanding the value of urban and community forests and to promote civic responsibility for and participation in stewarding these resources. Works with other states and partners such as the US Forest Service, University of Vermont Extension, and Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Council to develop appropriate financial and technical assistance, and educational outreach. Provides the leadership to meet desired outcomes including administering grants and contracts, overseeing educational and outreach programming to a wide audience on a variety of topics, and seeking resources to support programming through grants and partnerships. Reviews, evaluates, and provides assistance and guidance in urban and community forestry on a statewide basis to municipalities, green industry professionals, and other organizations/individuals on complex planning and management issues. Assists the Director with liaison and coordination of urban forestry activities with other divisions, departments, and agencies in state and federal government; acts as representative of the Division of Forests on committees, boards, and at other meetings and conferences as assigned. Analyzes and reviews proposed state and federal legislation, rules and regulations, and other executive and administrative orders and programs, and provides testimony where needed. May provide direct supervision to Foresters and other professionals involved in urban and community forestry programs and outreach. Performs related duties as required.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed largely in a main office setting, but with predictable need for considerable travel to District offices, and to meeting and field locations. Private means of transportation should be available for required travel. Appearances before a variety of groups can be anticipated which may involve weekend or evening duty.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the broad range of urban forestry principles and practices applicable to urban forest planning, management and protection, arboriculture, and green infrastructure.

Considerable knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental value and contribution of urban and community forests.

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of natural resources conservation.

Working knowledge of other natural resource and land use programs which relate closely to urban forestry.

Working knowledge of community and citizen engagement.

Ability to oversee the design, delivery, and evaluation of educational, outreach, and civic engagement programming to protect and steward urban and community forests.

Leadership experience that includes leading and building teams, bringing together diverse groups, facilitating collaboration, and information sharing.

Ability to develop strategic and work plans, coordinate and assist others' work, and delegate tasks.

Ability to be self-motivated, detail oriented, and to work well independently, and as a group facilitator.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, including ability to present information to the public.

Working knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.

Ability to analyze problem areas, identify issues and to recommend effective remedial action.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in urban forestry or a related natural resources field, and three (3) years or more experience in urban forestry or a related natural resources field.


Bachelor's degree in urban forestry or a related natural resources field, and five (5) years or more in forestry or a related natural resources field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Special Requirements: