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Assistant City Arborist #2211-254000-01

Date Opened
Thursday, November 10, 2022 8:00 AM
Close Date
Thursday, November 24, 2022 8:00 PM
General Services
  • $72,874 - $91,093
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The goal of the City of Charlotte’s General Services Department is to guide agencies through innovative and efficient deployment of resources to meet their missions and fulfill the needs of the city in a rapidly evolving and complex environment.  The Department will design and deliver expanded, shared services across departments and for the City of Charlotte to improve performance and save taxpayer money.  General Services consists of capital project management, fleet services, procurement, environmental services, property management, and other support services.  


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.




The City of Charlotte is a leader in arboriculture, tree management, and urban forest management efforts to support City Council’s interest in a robust tree canopy. This position is based in the Landscape Management Division of General Services and is responsible for assisting the City Arborist in all aspects of planting, maintaining, and preserving city street trees. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for coordinating and managing the city’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program, including budget and contract awarding/enforcement process.   
  • Responsible for the creation of a robust tree research program developed in partnership with universities and arboriculture research firms.
  • Work with city arborist staff in the planning, development, and implementation of education and outreach messaging and collateral to promote the Neighborhood Tree Planting Program and Charlotte’s tree canopy.
  • Coordinate with city arborist to manage the city’s tree inventory.
  • Coordinate with city arborist to expand the urban forest pest/disease program for street trees.
  • Supervise, coach, train, and evaluate three (3) positions.
  • Provide quality customer service during extensive interaction with citizens, developers, homeowner groups, and other government and community agencies in carrying out local tree ordinances, polices, and procedures. 
  • Participate in the emergency on-call storm response program.
  • Periodic attendance at evening and weekend events will be required. 
  • Perform other duties as requested. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Requires thorough knowledge of trees, indigenous to North Carolina and the southeastern U.S.
  • Requires experience in tree selection, soils analysis, bidding, and purchasing trees from nurseries.
  • Requires experience/knowledge working with ANSI 300 standards related to tree management.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize work, and complete assignments with minimal supervision. 
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to work and manage multiple programs and projects.
  • Requires budget management experience. 
  • Considerable experience in all types of tree operations including, but not limited to tree maintenance, hazard and damage assessment, planting, etc. 
  • Requires knowledge of pesticides, fertilizers, and agricultural material usage, storage, and application. 
  • Requires knowledge of tools, equipment, and materials used in the arboriculture industry. 
  • Requires knowledge of basic designs and principles for planting within roadways and urban environments.  
  • Requires excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Requires excellent public speaking skills with the ability to make quality presentations. 
  • Ability to read and interpret site plans, soil test results, or other technical reports. 
  • Requires good computer skills (Windows, Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point). 
  • Experience in ArcGIS preferred.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and the ability to receive/ maintain a City of Charlotte Driving Permit

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or related field.  A minimum five (5) years related experience in urban forestry, tree program management, and supervisory experience is preferred.  
  • OR
  • Associate Degree in Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, or related field; and a minimum of seven (7) years of related experience and education to perform the essential functions of the position.  
  • Local government and supervisory experience are preferred.
  • Must be an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and have or be able to obtain ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification within one year of hire.


  • $72,874 - $91,093 Commensurate with experience

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.

Please note that all job offers are contingent upon an applicant successfully passing a new hire background check, drug screening, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If an applicant does not pass the background screening or vaccination requirement, the offer will be rescinded. 

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.

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