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Community Forester

10/10/2017 - Arboretum


The Community Forester conducts outreach to promote and help restore the aesthetic, environmental, and economic values of trees and forests to communities in northeast Ohio, with a special focus on the city of Cleveland, by encouraging scientifically based urban forest management techniques and actions.  He/she advocates for the many values of trees in the urban environment and encourages and participates in partnerships among public and private interests that protect, conserve, and nurture tress in their communities. 
In addition, the Community Forester helps establish Holden as the regional focal point where municipalities, institutions, organizations, and individuals involved in urban/community forestry matters can come for information, ideas, and activities that will promote improved tree health care and management practices and that enhance the beauty and livability of northeast Ohio communities.  He/She reports to the Director of Education and Public Programs.
The Community Forester conducts outreach and on-site activities selected to maximize Holden’s service to the community.  The following are examples of potential activities.
Community Outreach and Engagement (70%)
  • Advocates awareness of the value of trees in an urban landscape to help restore the aesthetic, environmental, and economic values of trees and forests in the City of Cleveland and surrounding communities.
  • Provides communities with technical assistance regarding strategic tree planting for enhanced environmental services, street tree surveys, tree maintenance, and tree ordinances.
  • Leads active collaborations with professional organizations and government agencies and take an active role with those most important to Holden.
  • Sponsors and/or supports field tours, workshops, seminars, conferences, demonstrations of sustainable forest management projects, media releases, and contacts with municipalities and government officials that support community forests.
  • Leads Holden’s Arbor Day activities in northeast Ohio
  • Develops informational and educational materials concerning the value, planting, and care of trees in urban setting.

    Home Owner Outreach and Engagement (20%)

  • Leads Holden’s outreach in forest management for small parcel landowners
  • Leads the management aspects of Working Woods and provide input to the programmatic development and implementation
  • Leads and coordinate input and staffing to the tree information services and answering public’s questions about trees and related subjects 

     Other activities  (10%)

  • Participates in developing existing and new garden projects such as the Home Demonstration Garden and the Street Tree Display
  • Contributes to interpretive projects, teaching, and writing for the Leaves magazine and website as needed.
  • Participates in organizational planning and special event committees as appropriate.
  • Maintains positive relationships with appropriate local, state and national professional  organizations through participation on boards and communities and, through participation and presentations at professional meetings

    Training and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in forestry, horticulture, biology, botany, landscape architecture, or closely related field  strongly preferred
  • 3-5 years  experience in urban and community forestry planning and implementation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills along with a proven record of public presentation activities
  • Course work in communications and/or media experience
  • An outgoing personality energized by public contact
  • Ability to assimilate and translate into common language a considerable body of technical information about trees and related subjects, including the latest research findings.
  • Evening and weekend hours as needed for presentations, programs, and appointments


Review of applications with begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Qualified applicants should submit a resume online:

Posting Date:  September 2017

Closing Date:  Until Filled

Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum / Cleveland Botanical Garden) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. We seek skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals to join our staff and enhance our reputation as one of the country’s foremost arboreta. 

Heavy Equipment Operator (Ariel Lift Truck - Certified Arborist)

9/26/2017 - Shaker Heights


Position Vacancy Announcement

September 7, 2017

Job Title:
Heavy Equipment Operator (Aerial Lift Truck – Certified Arborist)
Department: Public Works
Starting Hourly Rate: $23.33
Status: Full-time Union position
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Performs all types of tree maintenance work as required; performs work in connection with the operation of one or more types of heavy motor equipment; performs manual tasks in connection with related operations; does related work as required.
This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for depth perception. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee frequently works in high, precarious places.

Performs all types of tree maintenance work as required; operates a variety of equipment including loader, winch truck, log truck, chipper, tractor, and snow and ice equipment.
Must be available to work overtime during forestry emergency situations or after storm damage;
Performs tree maintenance including stump grinding, trimming, tree removal;
Operates chain saw and other forestry equipment;
Supervision will be exercised over other crew members;
Prepares and completes simple work reports;
Ensures compliance with safety standards and procedures;
Performs or assists in performing more difficult or skilled trade jobs as required;
Helps to train subordinates;
Performs related tasks as required.

Must have at least five (5) years experience in Forestry and a thorough knowledge of heavy equipment; tree maintenance procedures including removal, stump grinding, trimming, knots, roping and rigging, etc. Some knowledge of repair of heavy equipment; skill in operation of heavy multi-purpose equipment under all types of weather conditions. Must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public; be dependable;
have a good work record; be available for overtime during storm or emergency situations.

Must be a Certified Arborist with a valid Class B Commercial Driver’s License with air brake endorsement and good driving record. Must obtain Line Clearance Certification within 30-days of hire and Pesticide Applicator’s license for ornamental plant and shade tree pest control within one (1) year of hire. Subject to pre- and post-employment drug and alcohol testing.
The City of Shaker Heights does not hire individuals who use or test positive for tobacco or nicotine products.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

IGHTS, OH 44120.
E-mail: Application available online at EOE

Forestry Technician

8/4/2017 - Cleveland, OH

Forestry Technician

The Technician will work with a team of arborists for the proper pruning and the safe removal of trees in the Park District's high use areas.

  • Demonstrates proficiency of manually climbing trees.
  • Performs skilled level arboriculture tasks.
  • Proficient knowledge of equipment operation pertinent to the field of arboriculture.
  • Uses independent judgment and demonstrates initiative in completing assigned work tasks.
  • Demonstrates technical knowledge in the proper plant material identification, pruning, and tree removal process.
  • Performs general mechanical repairs on equipment beyond first echelon of maintenance.
  • Instructs/trains and leads other employees in the trade/skills pertaining to the arboriculture field.
  • Coordinates and completes arboriculture tasks within the Park District's high use areas.
  • Operates and maintains at least 2 of the following equipment: aerial bucket, chipper, stump cutter and front-end loader, and special skilled-trade tools.
  • Performs related duties as apparent or assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least 2 years of skilled-level experience in forestry or arboriculture.
  • Possess or obtain an Ohio Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with Air Brake and combination endorsement.
  • Possess or obtain Ohio Pesticide Applicator's License, preferred.
  • Certification applicable to trade, preferred.
  • Experience in and knowledge of procedures, duties, equipment operation, calibration, and maintenance, which are ordinarily, obtained by extensive experience in a technical capacity and above those of a Grounds Maintenance position qualifications.
  • Demonstrated ability to exhibit leadership consistent with teamwork approach.
  • Must be available to work 2nd shift hours.
  • Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.

Wage:  $22.97 per hour with a .50 cent increase each six months until achieving $24.47 per hour

 Hours:  40 hours per week, Mon – Thurs, 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM

 Filing Deadline:  8/16/2017

 To apply, please visit the following webpage:

 Cleveland Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and talented workforce.


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