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Urban Forester - Division of Forestry

Serves as Urban Forester & provides community leaders (e.g. township, municipal, county) with organizational assistance necessary to develop long-term comprehensive tree care programs, assess current urban forest resource & management capability; meets with municipal officials & involved residents to determine needs & level of commitment; facilitates public forum to determine community needs & desires; shares experience of other communities facing similar issues; recommends short & long-term solution to identified issues; promotes solution before leaders & residents (e.g. council, trustee & board meetings); assists in establishing & guiding shade tree advisory commissions; provides guidance in development of tree ordinances; identifies possible funding sources & appropriate staffing level within community administration; develops long term plan of action for community, administers Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program for Ohio.

Provides community leaders with technical assistance necessary to successfully implement urban forest management activities, promotes or conducts inventory of community resources to determine level of need; holds planting clinics; conducts tree maintenance seminars; responds to insect & disease inspection requests; develops planting & maintenance specifications; reviews landscape plans; recommends tree protection practices; advises on tree removal; administers community tree care grants (e.g., notifies communities of grant opportunities, provides guidance for grant implementation, communicates & facilitates difficulties or delays, inspects grants & evaluates community grant process); operates state vehicle to meet with governmental & civic groups & to attend various functions.

Represents Division of Forestry & performs public relations duties; promotes interest, activity & understanding in forest conservation & writes news articles; organizes &/or participates in field days & demonstrations; makes public appearances via radio, TV, & service groups; writes reports; composes correspondence; attends meetings with civic, professional, & governmental agencies; serves as local contact for Division of Forestry programs & responds to simple inquiries; works on special projects; hosts regional conferences; speaks at regional, state, or national conferences; provides field day presentations & career day presentations (e.g. schools & colleges); sets-up special meetings to resolve conflicts between public & private entities; evaluates urban forestry program for improvement; uses world-wide web to convey, enhance, & record information; performs wildfire support as directed within training & physical capabilities.