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Hillsborough County Government

Forestry Examiner (#FRSTEXGENN) GENN
$18.35-$29.13 Hourly / $3,180.67-$5,049.20 Monthly / $38,168.00-$60,590.40 Yearly


Performs duties in reviewing, evaluating and rendering final decisions of natural resources permit applications and site evaluations for the preservation of natural resources.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in a Natural Science; and
Two years of experience as a forester or arborist.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Listed Species Guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Listed Species Guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Silvicultural Management Practices.
  • Working knowledge of tree entomology and pathology principles and guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture principles and guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of the Natural Resources and Landscaping Section of the Land Development Code.
  • Working knowledge of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services listed plant species.
  • Ability to evaluate project designs for the preservation of natural resources.
  • Ability to evaluate tree removal applications for compliance with code criteria.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain work related records.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to properly and safely operate a motor vehicle.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Reviews and approves permit applications and site plans and conducts site assessments to determine compliance with land alteration and landscaping ordinances relative to the retention and protection of trees and vegetation, soil conservation, environmentally sensitive areas and listed plant and animal species.
  • Coordinates with applicant, developer, project engineer or consultant to resolve problem areas in project designs.
  • Monitors project for compliance with permit and site plan requirements.
  • Reviews natural resources permits and submits to supervisor for approval.
  • Reviews, evaluates and renders final decision on tree removal applications for compliance with code criteria.
  • Assists zoning enforcement inspectors in monitoring project permit compliance, determining violations and recommending corrective actions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Possession of an International Society of Arboriculture Arborist (ISA) Certification within 12 months of employment.

CLASS: FRSTEXGENN; EST: 4/16/2003; REV: 7/29/2011;