Tucson Million Trees Initiative

Recruitment #2007-0455-001


The Urban Forestry Program Manager will play a critical role in the Mayor and City of Tucson’s efforts to develop a climate-resilient and sustainable community and will lead, direct, and manage the Mayor’s Tucson Million Trees campaign to plant one million trees on public and private property by 2030.

At the center of the Tucson Million Trees initiative is the Mayor’s commitment to equity by creating green spaces in all communities and especially in frontline and low-income communities that have historically been the most affected by climate change and environmental degradation.

This position will work in conjunction with the Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Program Manager within the City’s Water Department to implement urban forestry efforts on City-owned lands; act as City liaison and coordinator for non-profit and private groups engaged in urban forestry within City limits; develop and oversee community outreach related to the Tucson Million Trees initiative; and pursue grant and funding opportunities that support the implementation and maintenance of Tucson’s urban forest.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating urban forestry projects
  • Experience leading and managing a major urban forestry or related program
  • Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert ecosystems, wildlife, habitat
  • Commitment to environmental conservation and addressing climate and environmental justice
  • Exceptional skills and qualities in leadership, communication, organization, and emotional intelligence needed to lead a program that:

º Closely adheres to ongoing policy direction provided by the Tucson Mayor & Council

º Requires engaging and aligning efforts across multiple City departments

º Involves developing and managing relationships with multiple nonprofit, private sector, and community partners

º Requires a balance of both short-term tactical approaches (e.g. rapid assessment, quick wins, fundraising) and long-term planning and programmatic approaches (e.g. developing a formal City of Tucson Urban Forest Plan and sustainable program)

º Provides consistent and effective communications with the public to report on progress, demonstrate the multiple benefits of a healthy urban forest, and builds support and momentum toward achieving the Tucson Million Trees objective

General Description

Manages complex projects and coordinates experts from different fields for the duration of each project. Prepares forecasts of needed funds, assists in developing and implementing project budgets, and monitors expenditures.

Essential Functions

This position will be responsible for the following:

  • Launch and adaptively manage the Tucson Million Trees Program.
  • Revamp and align the City’s policies, programs, and practices relating to the growth, care, and maintenance of the City’s urban forest.
  • Manage and maintain working relationships with outside community partners supporting the initiative as well as internal City partners.
  • Manage and consistently communicate out to the Mayor’s Office, City Departments, stakeholders, community partners, and others information as needed with an awareness of consistent messaging and various audiences.

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years managing complex projects and coordinating experts from different fields

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position, may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications and a Master’s Degree in Forestry, Horticultural Studies, Environmental Science, or related field, minimum of five years of practical tree and plant appraisals experience, minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in Forestry or a related area. Field experience related to the planting and maintenance of native trees in an urban setting in the Sonoran Desert. Minimum of five years of community organizing and/or mobilizing. Executive level communications skills. Proven qualities in leadership, communication, organization, and emotional intelligence.

Additional relevant experience in the areas of:

  • International Society of Arboriculture – Certified Arborist
  • In possession of a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
  • Experience developing, implementing and evaluation comprehensive ecological restoration and monitoring plans
  • Experience implementing adaptive management and developing socioecological success indicators for urban forestry projects
  • Knowledge of native vegetation, including trees and shrubs, and water sources in the Sonoran Desert
  • Experience in the selection and management of trees as a part of green stormwater infrastructure features
  • Experience in GIS and data management related to Urban Forestry
  • Experience in remote sensing and Green Vegetation Indices
  • Knowledge and experience related to tree diseases and pests
  • Experience with Forestry-related public relations, communications, and marketing
  • Administrative experience related to budget management, procurement, and payments
  • Experience with creating and maintaining partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Bi-lingual with excellent Spanish and English written and verbal abilities
  • Excellent facilitation skills. Capable of motivating and inspiring communities to mobilize

Selection Plan

All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored during the testing process.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Writing Assignment.

  • Writing exercise will be emailed no later than 4:00 pm (Tucson time) on August 21, 2020
  • Deadline to return completed exercise is 4:00 pm (Tucson time) on August 25, 2020

The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Virtual Teams Oral Board Interview.

  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held September 2, and September 4, 2020 (as needed)

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant’s ranking on the Civil Service Employment List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 15% of the rating for Education and Work experience 
  • 35% of the rating for Writing Assignment 
  • 50% of the rating for the Oral Board Interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at the City of Tucson within the next 6 months. Hiring interviews will be conducted prior to final selection.

  • Hiring Interviews will be held September 15, 2020

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.