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Urban Forestry Specialist #2209-256200-01

Date Opened
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 8:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, October 05, 2022 8:00 PM
Planning Design & Development
  • $57,100 to $65,000 commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


This is a professional position responsible for the inspection and enforcement activities related to the City of Charlotte's Land Development standards, the Tree Ordinance, and the Zoning Ordinance.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and evaluate developer plans and specifications for tree planting, preservation, and protection 
  • Conduct site inspections to ensure compliance with ordinances and use of proper practices 
  • Provide written and oral notification of ordinance requirements, related permits and/or related reports 
  • Issue citations and attend appeal hearings as needed 
  • Provide enforcement/education programs to individuals, groups, and government agencies 
  • Support city initiatives related to tree canopy policy development and implementation 
  • Provide courteous, responsive, respectful, accessible, and seamless customer service aligned with the Development Center’s Customer Service Standards, all applicable city customer service standards, and employee policies 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience in Urban Forestry, arboriculture, horticulture or related field and knowledge of tree species and their biological requirements 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and express complex ideas succinctly 
  • Proven record of working successfully with the public 
  • Computer skills at the intermediate level of proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite Products (Word, Excel, Access) 
  • Ability to work independently, exercising initiative and independent judgment 
  • Ability to use analytical capabilities of GIS is preferred 
  • Ability to communicate both in English and Spanish desirable 
  • Work independently, be flexible and self-directed 
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, civic, community and business groups, and the general public 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in urban forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, forestry or related field and three years related work experience or related field with considerable knowledge of tree species and their biological requirements.
  • Requires good driving record, a valid Driver's License with the ability to obtain and maintain a city driving permit, and a dependable passenger vehicle 
  • Requires ISA Arborist Certification and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or ability to become certified within twelve months of start date 

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

In Conclusion

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