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Urban Forester Crew Chief 

Category Tree Operations  
Location Washington, DC  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Employment Terms At Will  
Position Reports To Urban Forestry Manager  


The Crew Chief executes the day-to-day operations for all tree planting, care and related activities in the Tree Planting Department, including the management/oversight of Tree Planting Crew members and their daily tasks. The position is also responsible for use, maintenance, inventory and management of all vehicles, tools and equipment. The Crew Chief reports to the Urban Forestry Manager and interfaces with members of other departments in the execution of their work.  The incumbent maintains a general knowledge of best practices in horticulture, forestry, and urban forestry in order to achieve the mission of Casey Trees. 

Essential Functions

The following essential functions are representative for the Crew Chief in its entirety – including but not limited to:

Supervision & Field Operations Management

Directs and evaluates work outputs of tree planting crews

Ensures adherence to organizational policies and procedures including, but not limited to: attendance, timeliness, conduct, professionalism, appearance, customer service, etc.

Supports the UFM with personnel management including, but not limited to: onboarding, training, performance evaluation, timesheets, critical feedback and discipline

Promotes a safety culture by coordinating staff trainings and eliminating/controlling hazardous conditions resulting from human error, equipment and machine operations that may lead to human injury and/or property damage

General Functions

Selects, delivers, plants, prunes, inventories, waters, and cares for trees

Operates trucks, trailers, heavy machinery, and hand and power tools in a safe manner

Conducts regular vehicle, equipment and tool maintenance, including office, landscape and grounds upkeep, as directed

Provides exceptional customer service for internal and external stakeholders

Assists with tree procurement activities including sourcing, invoicing, deliveries, inventory and reconciliation

Provides logistical support during trainings, classes, workshops, tours, demonstrations, etc.

Collaborates across the organization

Connects people to trees

Performs other duties, as requested


Field Work



Safety Orientation

Communication Proficiency

Volunteer Management & Interaction

Working Conditions

The incumbent works in the office and in the field. Must be able to use equipment such as (not an exclusive list): desktop computer; smart phones; automobile; pickup truck with trailer; small motorized equipment; various hand tools such as shovels, rakes, saws, ladders, and pruning shears, etc.

Physical Demands: 

Use of equipment and lifting to plant and maintain trees

Working outside year-round in the heat, cold and inclement weather

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The incumbent is constantly required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk. The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds frequently and seldom up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus

The physical demands and work environment described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time, year-round position. The schedule will be determined based on planting seasons and volunteer demands. The incumbent must be able and willing to work evenings, weekends, and extended hours when needed.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out of the area travel and overnights may be expected. 

Position Requirements

Required Qualifications

One (1) year of work experience in horticulture, landscaping, forestry, urban forestry or related field

Valid driver’s license with clean driving record and experience and ability to safely drive work vehicles including a pickup truck and trailer

Good communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills

Professional demeanor and the ability to interact and work with a variety of audiences

Ability to work both independently as well as in a team environment

Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) years of supervisory experience managing field crews of diverse backgrounds and skill levels

Arborists’ certification from the International Society of Arboriculture

About the Organization Casey Trees is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation's capital. For more information visit our website at:  
EOE Statement Casey Trees is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Casey Trees does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.  

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