Urban Forestry Tree Maintenance Operations Manager (Manager I)

Portland Parks & Recreation

About the organization

Are you passionate about trees and leading a team of arboriculture professionals?

Are you interested in building a comprehensive tree maintenance program to care for and protect the urban forest?

The City of Portland Parks & Recreation, Urban Forestry Division (Urban Forestry) is seeking a strategic and visionary Tree Maintenance Operations Manager to join the team.


The Tree Maintenance Operations Manager directs and leads a comprehensive municipal tree care and maintenance program. This position plays a critical role in establishing and implementing goals, objectives, and organization culture to continually drive performance and results. The Tree Maintenance Operations Manager is a key leader of Portland’s urban forestry program.

The Tree Maintenance Operations Manager’s responsibilities encompass leading the City’s 24/7 tree emergencies response system, programs to care for trees on City-owned and managed lands at all life stages, and the Urban Forestry Operations Team including tree workers, climbing arborists, heavy equipment operators, and program coordination and administrative staff. The incumbent regularly interfaces with members of the public and City employees. This is a high-energy, forward-facing role that requires the consistent and timely delivery of communications, professionalism, and technical expertise.


Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training, work experience and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
Knowledge and experience applying the practices of leadership, supervision, operational and strategic planning, program development, program evaluation, program administration, and methods of change management.
Knowledge and experience applying arboricultural best practices, the principles of urban forest management and municipal tree regulation and maintenance, including tree risk assessment, full-life-cycle tree care, and analyzing and facilitating challenging tree decisions.
Experience applying and training safe working practices, equipment use, job-related skills and ensuring personnel follow city, state, OSHA and ANSI safety standards for tree care operations.
Ability and experience establishing and maintaining highly effective working relationships with a diverse variety of internal and external audiences and gaining cooperation through discussion and collaboration.
Ability to utilize City-specific technology, data bases, asset management and general office software, and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Applicant must also:
Be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
Be an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist - required prior to end of probationary period. For more information about this certification click here.
Possess ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification - required prior to end of probationary period. For more information about this certification, click here.
A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of appointment.

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