Park Arborist

  • Employer: City of Bellingham
  • Location: Bellingham, WA
  • Salary: $4,317.00 /Month

Job Description

City of Bellingham LogoCITY OF BELLINGHAM invites applications for the position of Park Arborist


$4,317.00 /Month

Opening Date


Closing Date

04/28/17 04:30 PM

Starting salary rate is at Step 1 ($4,317/month). The current full salary range for this position is $4,317/month - $5,261/month.

This recruitment process will create a Civil Service eligibility register that will be used to fill vacancies as they occur. There is 1 current full-time vacancy.

Nature of Work

Plans, schedules, implements, monitors, and evaluates work for trees and forest stands in City parks, public spaces, open space areas and right-of-way areas. Provides tree hazard assessments, makes recommendations for forest stand management, removals and plantings. Includes a variety of specialized techniques and equipment for climbing and rigging. Other duties include performing routine maintenance on equipment; training and leading subordinates to assist with tree care. Coordinates activities with other sections of the Parks Department, other City departments as well as developers and contractors. Represents the City as a consulting Arborist for City departments, providing a professional opinion and written reports on City tree issues.

Essential Functions

  1. Plans, schedules, implements, monitors, and evaluates work activities involved in managing the City's urban forest. Trains and leads the work of others in tree care practices including lifting and lowering devices, chainsaw operation, aerial lift operation, felling, pruning, and chipping. Completes necessary written and computerized reports for area of assignment. Works with Park Supervisor – Grounds to plan and prioritize tree work activities.
  2. Represents the City as the consulting Arborist for Parks, Planning, and Public Works, as well as developers and contractors. Reviews plans, provides plans, makes recommendations and monitors implementation in the field. Provides job time and cost estimates. Uses GIS and other mapping/information systems to identity and track urban forestry assets in City controlled areas.
  3. Performs technical tree work such as pruning, tree felling, bucking, brush clipping, and tree removals using a variety of ground and aerial techniques and equipment. This includes using rope and saddle and spur and flip line climbing techniques, aerial man lifts, cranes, chainsaws, and rigging systems.
  4. Assesses hazard tree concerns, considers the City's potential risk and liability and provides recommendations, including written reports.
  5. Assesses tree situations and provides recommendations for actions including plantings, removals and other management practices.
  6. Directs the daily activities of the Park Technician – Urban Forestry and other assigned resources.
  7. Operates a wide variety of equipment such as trucks, brush clippers, tractors, loaders, chainsaws, blowers, trimmers, as well as other power equipment and hand tools. Operates large dump trucks with large brush chippers in tow. Performs routine maintenance on tree care gear, tools and equipment.
  8. Trains others in tree and shrub care and the care and use of the related equipment.

Physical abilities to perform assigned work including:

  • climbing to heights of at least 150 ft.,
  • frequent independent lifting of 50 lbs.,
  • occasional lifting with assistance of up to 100 lbs.,
  • balance, flexibility, and agility to climb and conduct work in trees,
  • Correctable visual acuity, hearing and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a motor vehicle.

Working Environment

Majority of work is performed out-of-doors, in all weather conditions, performing technical tree work and assessing tree hazards and other situations in the City's areas of responsibility.  Environment creates potential of hazardous conditions, including working at considerable heights with chain saws and rigging.  Must work in natural areas, developed park sites, as well as in the urban streetscape.  Some work will be performed in an indoor setting while performing documentation of work and some equipment maintenance.  Responds to emergency call-out at all hours.

Experience and Training

  • Four or more years of recent experience in technical arboriculture including technical tree removals and pruning, rope and saddle, spurs and flip line, aerial lifts, rigging and related tools and equipment.
  • Four or more years of recent (within the last 5 years) experience as an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist managing all aspects of arboriculture in significant rural or urban environments including hazard tree assessment and written reports.
  • Must have and maintain International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist certification.
  • Successful completion of one year of coursework relative to arboriculture may be substituted for one year of required experience.

Necessary Special Requirements

  • Valid Washington State driver's license by time of hire and good driving record. A three-year driving abstract must be submitted prior to hire, with periodic submission of driving abstract per City policy.
  • Ability to secure a Commercial Driver's License within six months of hire and to maintain a valid CDL during length of employment.
  • Ability to secure a Washington State Pesticide License within 12 months of hire.
  • Ability to secure a valid flagging certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to secure a valid First Aid and CPR certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to secure Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Certification within 12 months of hire.

This position is represented by a union and union membership is required within 30 days of employment.

Selection Process

Applications are initially reviewed for minimum qualifications and a standard degree of completeness. Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding your level of qualifications for this position. This includes completing all application fields and supplemental materials. If you do not provide adequate responses in your application materials to determine qualifications, the application will be rejected as "reviewed, not selected for additional assessment".
Applications will be reviewed for Minimum Qualifications and completeness. Candidates who do not meet minimum qualifications or do not complete the application will be scored a 0.

  1. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will go through an Application Review. Applications will be scored on a scale of 1-3. All candidates receiving a score of 3 will advance in the selection process. Applicant status will be updated on or around May 10, 2017.
  2. Applicants that receive a score of 3 on the application review, will be scored based on their answers to Supplemental Questions and Application Review. Applicant status will be updated on or around May 18, 2017.
  3. The top eight (8) scoring candidates based on the scores from the Supplemental Question/Application Review will be invited to participate in the Oral Board Interviews, tentatively scheduled for the week of June 5, 2017.
  4. Candidates will be notified via email of Final Scores & Rank. The final ranking of the register will be based on total scores for the following: Supplemental Questionnaire/Application Review (40%) and Oral Board Interview (60%).
  5. The final candidates will be referred to the department for additional assessment.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for six months, or longer as established by the Civil Service Commission at a later date. 

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status and an invitation to participate in the written exam via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.
Fair Hiring Practices

  • The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
  • The City will not inquire about an applicant's criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
  • The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
  • The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.


How to Apply


104 West Magnolia Street
Bellingham, WA 98225