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Urban Forester 1 

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


The Urban Forester 1 (UF1) is responsible for the management and smooth execution of Casey Trees’ tree planting programs on both public and private lands. This incumbent fields and schedules tree planting and related consultations on a year-round basis with a variety of property owners, responds to referrals from local government, industry partners, and others. The Urban Forester also coordinates spring, fall, and winter tree plantings to flow seamlessly with other tree planting activities and events.

Compensation and Benefits: 

$57,500 - $62,500 annually with competitive benefits upon hire, including employer paid premiums for health, dental, vision insurance for employees, paid sick, vacation and holiday time and a 403(b) match after 6 months.

General Functions

The following essential functions are representative of the Urban Forester 1 including, but not limited to:  

  • Manages planting initiatives that include residential, right-of-way (ROW), large parcel, tree rebate, and others.
  • Fields planting requests; conducts pre- and post-site visits; recommends tree species within Casey Trees’ guidelines; submits procurement requests; schedules/confirms planting of tree(s); conducts follow-up site visits, etc.
  • Assists the Managing Arborist with program monitoring, evaluation of planted trees and program enhancement.
  • Responds to public inquiries, conducts community outreach, teaches classes, and assists with organization-wide activities and related events
  • Maintains and cultivates relationships with individuals, organizations and groups to engage, educate and involve them in Casey Trees’ mission; attends community meetings to promote CT activities and events
  • Communicates and distributes information/promotional materials including flyers, brochures, publications, press releases, etc.
  • Provides support for trainings, classes, workshops, tours, demonstrations, etc.
  • Collaborates across the organization to execute grants, contracts, programs, and activities.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and models positive behaviors for staff and volunteers
  • Provides clear direction and feedback for Tree Operations staff to ensure superior quality of work and on-time completion
  • Promotes a safety culture by coordinating trainings and eliminating/controlling hazardous conditions resulting from human error, equipment and machine operations that may lead to human injury and/or property damage
  • Adheres to organizational policies and procedures including, but not limited to: attendance, timeliness, conduct, professionalism, appearance, customer service, etc.
  • Comfortable educating and presenting to diverse populations and wide-ranging skill sets on various tree related topics including pruning techniques, tree identification, and other urban forestry related topics
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.

Technical Skills

  • Maintains knowledge of horticulture, arboriculture, forestry, and urban forestry
  • Plants, prunes, and provides tree care techniques.
  • Makes recommendations to management, as appropriate

Working Conditions

The incumbent works primarily in an office setting with the following requirements:

Typical Equipment:

  • Computers/printer/copier/facsimile/telephone/smartphones/tablets/walkie-talkies
  • Automobiles/pickup trucks/vans

Physical Demands:

  • While this job splits their time between the office and the field, all CT employees may engage in tree planting/related activities in outdoor environments, year-round in the heat, cold and inclement weather and must have suitable clothing.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to talk, hear, stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms.  The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 80pounds.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

The incumbent works primarily in the District of Columbia, occasionally in Maryland and Virginia. Travel to other areas for educational and/or related events requiring overnight stays is sometimes required.


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

Position Requirements
  • Associate degree in arboriculture, horticulture, urban forestry, or related field plus one year of experience, or; Bachelor’s degree in one of these disciplines
  • ISA Certified Arborist credential upon hire, or within the first year of employment
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, ability to safely drive work vehicles including a pickup truck and trailer
  • Knowledge of, and ability to learn Geographic Information Systems, Salesforce, Eventbrite, and Microsoft Office. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Professional demeanor; excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and oral communication abilities, and; the ability to positively and professionally interact and work with diverse audiences such as homeowners, volunteers, and professionals
  • Knowledge of urban tree planting/landscape operations, tree stock type and sizes, selection, nursery operations, ANSI standards, etc.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as in a team environment
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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