Capital Projects Arborist

Website NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

NYC Parks is an award-winning city agency that designs, builds and preserves public spaces for New Yorkers to connect, play and enjoy. NYC Parks cares for 14% of the land in New York City, and a diverse array of structures sit on these public spaces. These structures include recreation centers, sporting facilities, historic houses, pool facilities, nature centers, marinas and comfort stations. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

• Under supervision, advise architects, borough landscape designers, engineers and other construction professionals on best practices for the preservation and protection of trees on city parkland before, during and after park construction projects.
• Perform tree inventories, tree condition and hazard evaluations and tree damage assessment reports. Recommend tree and site damage mitigation applications as appropriate. Review proposed tree removals and associated replacement tree values prior to bid and during construction as the need arises. Review recommendations with Borough Forestry for approval and incorporation into design documents.
• Work with designers to formulate and optimize tree and site protection plans, including designation of staging areas, vehicular access routes, tree protection zones and any other specifications as appropriate to minimize impact of construction operations.
• Review contract documents, utility and grading plans as well as construction item quantities and specifications.
• Work with Resident Engineers and Landscape Construction Specialists to implement and enforce standards and guidelines relating to site work around trees included in the approved Site Protection Plans.
• Coordinate with the Engineers and Landscape Construction staff to ensure all pruning and arboriculture work in construction occurs under the supervision of a certified arborist and according to contract specifications.
• Work with other divisions of Parks, including Central Forestry & Horticulture, Borough Forestry Offices and the Natural Resources Group to ensure agency standards for planting operations, tree health and tree protection practices are maintained.
• Represent Parks at community and other agency meetings as appropriate.


1. A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in landscape architecture from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in landscape architectural and one year of full-time satisfactory experience in landscape architectural work; or
2. A valid New York Registration as a Landscape Architect.

This position is exempt from NYC residency requirements.


1. Certification as an Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture or Registered Consulting Arborist by the American Society of Consulting Arborists.
2. Three (3) years of experience in tree preservation and protection, pruning, installation and establishment, diagnosis and treatment of insect and disease problems or other related arboricultural services.
3. Strong knowledge of agency structure and divisions and/or government operations.
4. Excellent writing, supervisory, administrative and interpersonal skills.
5. A driver license valid in New York State.

Salary: $57,000 – $63,000 plus excellent benefits

Apply by 03/09/2018

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