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Senior Arborist Landscape Architect Plan Reviewer

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POST DATE 9/16/2016
END DATE 10/17/2016

City of Atlanta Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA
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Position expires on 9/30/16

Salary Range $44,000 to $58,700

General Description and Classification Standards

The purpose of the Senior Arborist/Senior Landscape Architect position in the Division of Planning and Community Development is to enforce the City's tree protection ordinance. The Landscape Architect-Arborist assists citizens with tree preservation on construction sites, as well as with obtaining tree removal permits as necessary. Duties include, but are not limited to: reviewing and approving tree preservation plans; inspecting construction sites to ensure compliance with approved tree protection plans; preparing reports; processing associated paperwork and data entry; and working with individual builders, homeowners, and other customers to assist in ensuring compliance with the City's tree protection ordinance. Duties may also include inspecting and evaluating individual tree health, tree condition, and risks, and issuing permits for dead, dying, and hazardous trees.

Supervision Received

Works under very general supervision. May work independently or with other skilled or semi-skilled workers with responsibility for completion of assigned tasks.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.

This Senior Arborist/Landscape Architect position specializes in tree preservation on construction sites, with duties related to tree protection plan review as well as field evaluations of individual trees (to issue permits for dead, dying, and hazardous trees) and inspection of construction sites (to verify conditions presented on approved construction plans).

The following duties are typical for this job. These duties are not exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Administrative Duties

Reviews construction drawings and specifications for property improvements including but not limited to plans for construction, demolition, landscaping, grading, and general repair to evaluate impact to trees on site and on surrounding properties.

Coordinates with City personnel within the Arborist Division and other City offices regarding plan review and other customer concerns.

Documents plan review process, site inspections, and tree inspections in computer database.

May participate in committees and work groups for Division-related or Departmental projects.

May participate in interview panels.

May attend Municipal Court with City Solicitor when the tree ordinances have been violated; functions as an expert witness.


Communicates with customers regarding status of plan review, any necessary plan revisions, and explains requirements for compliance with City ordinances.

Communicates with Arborist Division and other City staff to coordinate timely customer service, ensuring prompt public posting of properties, individual tree and site evaluation, and timely issuance of permits.

Communicates by letter, telephone, and email with customers and other external and internal stakeholders regarding tree inspections, tree care, tree permits, and other tree-related issues.

Addresses schools and civic groups and responds to questions regarding trees in general and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Site Work

May visit site to verify site conditions are accurately represented on tree protection plans submitted to City and to post public notice of tree removal on construction sites.

May conduct site visits to ensure compliance with tree protection ordinance on active construction sites.

May conduct site visits to evaluate tree health and issue permits for removal of dead, dying, and hazardous trees.

Decision Making

Applies organizational policies. Follows standardized procedures and written instructions to accomplish assigned tasks.

Leadership Provided

Provides guidance and training as required to lower level, interns, temporary employees, etc. May exercise supervisory duties in absence of supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

Has ability to learn the principles, practices and procedures of the City and the various department operations and functions. Has general knowledge of arboriculture, practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Knows how to develop and administer operations and staff plans and objectives for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties of the City. Is able to assist in developing and implementing long-term goals for the department in order to promote effectiveness and efficiency. Has general knowledge of all applicable laws, ordinances, policies, standards and regulations pertaining to tree-related issues and other responsibilities in serving as City Arborist. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, operations, and equipment needs, etc. as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Responds to and is able to effectively communicate and interact with management, employees, and members of the general public and all other groups involved in the activities of the City as they relate to the department. Is able to assemble information and make written reports and documents in a concise, clear and effective manner. Is able to organize and prioritize work and has technical skills to follow through. Is able to use independent judgment and discretion in handling emergency situations. Has the ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. Has the mathematical ability to handle required calculations. Is knowledgeable and proficient with computers. Is able to read, understand, and interpret, development plans, architectural plans, reports and related materials.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, Forestry, or related field and five years of experience as an Arborist or Landscape Architect/Designer required; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must be qualified to take and pass ISA Arborist Certification test. Must possess a valid Georgia driver's license.

Licensures and Certifications

Position would be expected to have licensure or professional certifications appropriate to the position.


Valid Georgia Driver's License.


International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist

Special knowledge or experience related to tree preservation on construction sites. At least one year of experience reviewing or preparing tree protection plans; at least one year of experience in construction site inspections; and certification and/or experience in tree risk assessment.