This position is responsible for the review and monitoring of construction and development projects for compliance with applicable landscape codes and policies, as well as safeguarding Nassau County's tree assets from disease, potential construction impacts and unpermitted removal of trees. This position will also be responsible for providing support in administering a future land conservation program. Work involves review of potential development projects and issue resolution associated with the County's overall planning policies and community development direction. Work involves considerable public contact, often of a sensitive nature and requires the exercise of patience, sound judgment, tact and diplomacy. This position requires availability (occasionally outside of normal operating hours) to respond to tree emergencies and assist in emergency storm events.
- Reviews landscape and tree protection plans to ensure compliance with County codes and standards.
- Implements County tree ordinance, including staff assistance to Amelia Island Tree Commission.
- Assists in implementation of County Canopy Road ordinance.
- Monitors and inspects contractors for planting, pruning, removal and any other tree related projects on the right of way, within tree conservation areas and protected buffers to ensure compliance with County code and standards.
- Works with volunteers; provides training and oversight, coordinates work schedules, collaborates with volunteers to execute special programs.
- Monitors the success of tree planting by gathering statistics and generating reports.
- Assists County staff with planning and implementing tree and landscape requirements for residential, commercial and industrial development projects countywide.
- Provides assistance in grant acquisition and management.
- Receives, investigates and issues potential violations to County code and statutes as they pertain to trees in tree protection areas, within protected buffers and the right of way.
- Composes, types, prepares, processes, files, copies and/or transmits a variety of documents, which may include correspondence, reports, notices, agendas, meeting minutes, budget documents, maintenance requests, charts, spreadsheets, manuals, work orders, various forms, logs, etc.
- Performs a variety of moderately to complex administrative duties in support of Department activities, which include but are not limited to answering phones, providing information as requested and/or forwarding calls to appropriate staff person, taking messages, scheduling appointments, maintaining calendars, compiling data for reports and/or meetings,establishing and maintaining files, maintaining databases, etc.
- Investigates and responds to internal and external requests for tree maintenance.
- Receives and responds to inquiries, requests for assistance and/or complaints from County employees, outside agencies and the public.
- Completes special projects as assigned.
- Identifies planting sites in the field through surveys and inventories.
- Select or assist in the selection of trees for street tree planting; coordinates tree procurement, delivery, and planting.
- Provides oversight of planting as needed; assists with oversight of contract planting.
- Responds to citizen complaints, concerns, and inquiries.
- Records documents and maintains records as required.
- Attends meetings, prepares and presents oral presentations and staff reports to Board of County Commissioners, Planning & Zoning Board and related committees.
- Maintains plans and specifications in compliance with County policy and planning principles.
- May lead, plan, and coordinate the work of a project team.
- Advises management of actions and potential risks.
- Attends and participates in administrative meetings as required.
- Greets and assists office visitors and staff in a professional manner.
- Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, other County personnel, vendors and the general public.
- Participates in staff meetings and attends other meetings as required.
- Operates a variety of equipment, which includes computer, fax machine, copier, telephone, calculator, etc.
- Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.
- Performs related duties as required.
(These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent, Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college oruniversity with major course work in Urban Forestry, Horticulture,Botany or a related subject area required supplemented by two (2) years of experience in urban forestry or horticulture or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that providesthe required knowledge,skills and abilities. Certification as an Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture required. Must possess valid State Driver's License