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Urban Forestry Operations Supervisor

Portland Parks and Recreation
Portland, Oregon
$70,220.00 - $116,792.00 Annually
Closing date
Mar 12, 2023

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This recruitment will remain open until filled or until March 31, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed approximately every three weeks.


Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking Urban Forestry Operations Supervisors.  Urban Forestry Operations Supervisors are key leadership positions overseeing the City of Portland’s Tree Emergency Response, comprehensive tree maintenance, tree planting and plant health care activities.  These positions are skilled at working with a variety of people, coordinating complex tree maintenance situations, customer service, and innovative program oversight.

About the work:

The Operations Supervisors will demonstrate both strong technical and personnel management skills to create a professional, cohesive, and high-performing arborist team with a service-oriented work ethic.  All candidates must have a strong commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ability to successfully communicate and collaborate in-person and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders, other City bureaus, private community members, and businesses is essential.

As an Operations Supervisor you will:

  • Understand and apply urban forest management and arboricultural practices and standards. Lead, oversee and assess the successful performance of Operations staff. Scope, prioritize, assign and ensure completion of varied tree maintenance requests and projects. Recruit, hire, schedule, assign work and supervise staff, including seasonal employees. Establish and maintain professional work culture, including standards of safety and effectiveness. Create standard practices, policies and procedures for day-to-day operations of the unit. Supervise daily implementation of ANSI Safety Standards for Arboricultural Operations. Oversee a large specialized vehicle and equipment fleet and maintain inventory of operating supplies. Supervise and ensure delivery of the citywide tree emergency response program. Deal effectively and communicate with the general public and other public agencies. Be skilled in promoting workplace diversity and creating a positive work environment. Use various computer systems daily including for communication, documentation, tracking and updating tree condition and work status. Work closely with the Operations Manager, City Forester, City property maintenance supervisors and other public agencies to provide all facets of tree maintenance support.




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