Urban Forester / Arborist (Urban Forestry)

Full Time

  City of Irving, TX

  Irving, Texas, United States

Department:  Parks & Recreation
Job Status:  Full-Time
Status:  Accepting Applications

Job Summary

This position is responsible for reviewing, planning and issuing permits and inspecting landscaping in the field, ensuring compliance with the City of Irving’s Landscaping and Tree Preservation Ordinance; working with landscape architects, developers and citizens to maximize the city’s urban forest; and working to maintain and preserve the appearance of city lands. Duties include verifying that all city landscaping and tree mitigation requirements are met; working with commercial property owners, developers and design professionals to identify existing tree species onsite and maximize preservation of the urban forest; retaining detailed records of all site visits, including periodic reporting to managers and/or department director; coordinating urban forestry activities with other divisions, outside agencies and organizations; monitoring and evaluating urban forestry programs, methods and procedures; supervising forestry and horticulture crews, daily work assignments, and training and managing personnel; providing information to citizens concerning urban forestry; providing community outreach and developing presentations for neighborhood associations, organizations and clubs; and assisting with tree-related contracts and vendor member agreements. A Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, in urban forestry, landscaping architecture or related field; three (3) years of professional experience in the field of arboriculture or landscape architecture; Arborist certification issued through the International Society of Arboriculture; and a valid Texas driver’s license are required. Current registration as a Landscape Architect in the State of Texas and Chemical Applicator licensure issued through the Texas Department of Agriculture are beneficial, but not required. A résumé must be submitted with application. Starting pay is $4,533 – $4,855 per month ($54,396 – $58,260 annually), dependent upon qualifications. 


PAY GRADE GG20 / FULL PAY RANGE $4,533 – $6,389 PER MONTH ($54,396 – $76,668 ANNUALLY)


The City of Irving offers a generous benefits package, including multiple health and dental plan options; and biweekly vacation and sick leave accrual. Full-time employees contribute to the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS), a statewide retirement system that provides retirement, disability, and death benefits for employees of participating Texas cities.