City Arborist

Charles Abbott Associates - North DeKalb, GA

Full-timeEstimated: $43,000 - $59,000 a year
CAA is currently interviewing for a full-time City Arborist to work in the DeKalb County area.

This position is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the city’s tree preservation/protection ordinances through plan review, site inspections, and public education.

Typical duties include:
Reviews all permits and projects-Demo, building, additions, minor site, LDPs, and tree removal
Interprets, explains, applies, and ensures compliance with provisions of city ordinances pertaining to tree preservation, tree protection, and tree replacement; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
Reviews development plans and drawings, tree protection plans, and related documents in relation to tree preservation; verifies compliance of plans with tree preservation/protection ordinance; approves or disapproves tree plans as appropriate; discusses problem areas and corrective actions with applicants.
Conducts site inspections during all construction stages to ensure compliance with approved plans relating to tree protection and tree replacement; evaluates condition/health of trees; determines hazardous conditions involving trees; conducts compliance inspections of commercial properties one year after completion of construction.
Provides technical assistance and information to Engineers and Landscape Architects, developers, landscapers, property owners, the public, or others regarding tree preservation/protection guidelines, ordinances, plan reviews, procedures, documentation, or other issues; meets with clients at sites or in office; responds to questions and complaints; researches problems/complaints and initiates problem resolution.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Horticulture or closely related field; two (2) years of experience in urban forestry, tree preservation, or code compliance; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist certification. Must possess a valid driver’s license, satisfactory MVR and the ability to attain a valid Georgia Driver’s License.

Computer skills are a must.