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This is a Competitive Class position. The individual selected to fill this vacancy will be given a provisional appointment and will be required to participate in the next Civil Service Examination for this title.

ATTENTION: A qualified applicant may be provisionally appointed and serve in the position until a Civil Service Examination is administered and an appropriate eligible list can be established to make a permanent appointment in accordance with the Civil Service Rule of Three. (See Provisional Appointment - FAQ's). If you are already a City employee and have permanent, competitive status in your current position and appointment to this title would result in a provisional appointment in another department, you will lose your previous permanent competitive rights.

Applications will be accepted through the Application Deadline Date (Eastern Standard Time):
- In person - until 5:00 pm in Room 103A, City Hall
- Online - until midnight
- Sent by Mail - postmarked by the Application Deadline Date

Applications submitted after these times will be rejected.

When submitting an application, please be certain that your paper Application is complete, or if submitting online, that your Personal Information, Education & Experience, are complete, and describe all relevant experience. Applications will be reviewed based upon the information supplied. Resumes may accompany, but will not be accepted in place of, a City of Rochester employment application. Applications may be obtained at City Hall in Room 103A, on the Employment Forms page of this website or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Human Resource Management, City Hall, 30 Church Street, Room 103A, Rochester, NY, 14614.

This posting is in accordance with Article 16, Sections 2 & 3, of the Contract Agreement between the City of Rochester and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Unions 1635, A, B, C, (AFSCME). The results of this posting may be used to fill unanticipated vacancies that occur within three months of the closing date of this posting.

Applications submitted by AFSCME Part-Time bargaining unit members will be considered after the AFSCME Full-Time collective bargaining agreement posting requirements are met and prior to the job openings being advertised to the public.

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Forestry Technician
Department of Environmental Services
High school diploma or GED AND I, II, or III.:

I. A. Bachelor's or Associate's degree in Forestry, Horticulture, Plant Science, or other related degree;
B. Two (2) years of experience identifying tree disease, insect infestation, or other tree maintenance needs AND performing maintenance on large trees;


II. A. Thirty (30) semester credits in Forestry, Horticulture, Plant Science, or a related field;
B. Three (3) years of experience as described in I-B above.


III. A. Fifteen(15) semester credits in Forestry, Horticulture, Plant Science, or other related field;
B. Possession of a Arborist Certification issued by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Valid NYS Class D operator's license at time of appointment. Licensure must be maintained throughout employment.
An employee in this title performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks to support management and field operations activities in the Forestry division of the Department of Environmental Services. This employee works independently under general supervision of the City Forester. While some work is performed in an office environment, most is performed outdoors, in all weather conditions. Forestry Technicians may be required to respond to emergencies at night and on weekends. Related work is performed as required.

Collects data, prepares cost estimates, and develops specifications for tree maintenance, planting, removal, and pest control, and inspects and monitors contractor's work;
Recommends payment of contractor, documenting inferior work when necessary;
Reviews requests for emergency work on public and private trees, inspects site and recommends actions to be taken;
Inspects privately owned trees for compliance with city codes, recommends condemnations and or other necessary work, and assures that mandated work is performed within specified time frame, and in accordance with accepted work and safety standards;
Inspects and monitors reconstruction projects as they relate to preserving existing trees or planting new ones;
Assesses damages to city-owned trees occurring during construction operations, prepares documentation and follows case until resolution;
Reviews work requests and recommends actions to the City Forester regarding removal, planting, or trimming trees in City owned or maintained property;
Identifies limitations on planting of new trees, such as the location of sidewalks, property lines, and underground and surface utilities;
Inspects existing city-maintained trees and collects data on their location, species, health and structural condition;
Maintains automated database for city-maintained trees, updating files as changes in tree conditions occur and work is performed;
Responds to questions and complaints, via phone or in person, from the public, contractors, and other city offices regarding proposed or in-progress forestry projects;
Keeps current with advances in urban forestry by reading various relevant publications.