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Arborist/Urban Forester

at City of Sacramento (CA)

Pay: $57491 to $81233.2/year
$57491 - $81233.2
Posted: 10/9/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2569288
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Under direction to conduct a program of research in tree insect/disease control; to assist in planning the Street Tree Planting Program; and to participate in the administration of related Tree Services activities.

An employee in this classification serves as a specialist in the area of tree planting and maintenance.

General direction is provided by a Parks Maintenance Superintendent. The Arborist/Urban Forester does not supervise.


  • Performs research and makes recommendations on tree insect and disease control. 
  • Devises methods of detection, eradication and control of insects and disease.
  • Inspects street trees to determine required maintenance.
  • Estimates labor and material costs for work to be performed.
  • Plans and may oversee the work of employees in tree planting, removal and maintenance activities.
  • Instructs employees in the theory and application of procedures to be used.
  • Requisitions and maintains records of materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Makes recommendations and develops plans for the Street Tree Planting Program.
  • Responds to citizens' inquiries and requests relative to street tree service.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed may necessarily be performed by each individual holding this classification.



  • Chemical and biological measures used in tree insect/disease control work.
  • Dendrology and plant physiology.
  • Statistical methods used in biological research.
  • Standard practices, equipment and tools used in tree maintenance work.
  • State safety codes relevant to rules and regulations empowered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Provide scientific and technical advice and assistance on problems relating to Tree Services activities.
  • Plan and supervise the work of other employees.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in arboriculture, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology or a related field.

Two years of experience in work involving tree insect/disease control and tree planting and maintenance activities.


Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job # 017001-19-PW on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted by the final filing deadline.


Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Loss of the Class C License is cause for discipline. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox. 
1. Application: (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline; 

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.  
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:  
  • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).  
  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.  
  • Proof of required education, certification, and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline.  
  • If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C  

2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement. 

3. Screening For Most Qualified: (Pass/Fail) – In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the City of Sacramento Employment Office by the final filing deadline. In the event of a large candidate pool, the responses to the supplemental questionnaire and/or work experience will be evaluated and rated. Only those candidates determined to be the most qualified will proceed to the next step in the selection process. 
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; a paper questionnaire will not be accepted.  
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.  
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire. 

4. Oral Interview (Panel) Test: (Weighted 100%) – Qualified candidates will be notified by mail and/or email, based on their notification preference, of the oral test date, time, and location one to two weeks prior to the test. Candidates may be required to complete some written problems prior to the structured oral interview test. The oral interview test will be job related and may include, but not limited to, the knowledge and abilities outlined above. PLEASE BE ADVISED THIS IS NOT A HIRING INTERVIEW. 
5. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Oral Interview Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. 
6. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment. 
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