Village Forester


Organization : Village of Wilmette
Job Category : Grounds and Urban Forestry
Job Type : Full Time
State/Province : IL
City : Wilmette
Salary and Benefits : $69,189 - $91,811 DOQ


 Village Forester  

The Village of Wilmette is seeking to fill the full-time position of Village Forester in the Engineering & Public Works Department. The Forestry Division which is comprised of two Foresters are responsible for maintaining approximately 17,500 trees on public property through programs of systematic pruning, removal, planting, tree preservation, disease control and care for sick and damaged trees. Wilmette earned its 33rd Tree City USA recognition for 2016, and has received a total 15 Growth Awards from the Arbor Day Foundation. 

General Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Street Superintendent, the Village Forester will be responsible for the management and maintenance of trees located at public facilities, and public right-of-ways. The Village Forester will manage various forestry maintenance contracts related to tree pruning, tree removals, tree plantings and parkway restoration.  Responsibilities include responding to resident service requests, maintaining the Village’s tree inventory and database, conducting field inspections, providing information to residents and regulatory agencies, and ensuring compliance with Village Code. Also, the Village Forester will assist with snow and ice control operations, coordinate for the Arbor Day Program, complete the annual Tree City USA application, apply for grant funding opportunities, and various other forestry-related duties. This position requires availability for emergency response (over-time) outside of normal working hours, which includes participation in the On-Call Specialist program.

Position Requirements:

The successful candidate will be expected to have a bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Science, Landscape Architecture or related field with a minimum of three years of experience related to parkway tree management; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. Must be an ISA Certified Arborist, and possess a State of Illinois Public Applicator Pesticide license; or obtain certification and licensure within 6 months of employment. In addition, the candidate must have a CDL class B License with both air brake and tanker endorsements, or obtain a CDL with endorsements within 6 months of employment. 

The successful candidate must possess a thorough understanding of Urban Forestry and arboricultural principals and techniques, including parkway tree maintenance and corresponding materials, tools, equipment, and occupational hazards. Specifically, the individual must have knowledge of proper tree identification, plant health care principles, tree preservation, insects and diseases and their control; best management practices for tree pruning, removal and tree planting; safety practices as they related to urban forestry operations; sufficient skills in hazardous tree evaluation and computerized tree inventory software programs. 

The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal communication skills including verbal and non-verbal communications and develop positive working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, contractors and the general public. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products including Outlook, SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also, have the ability to learn the Village’s Enterprise Resources Planning and Customer Relationship Management Systems (Tyler Technology software programs) to include the Village’s tree inventory software (Davey TreeKeeper), and GIS. 

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $69,189 - $91,811 with a starting salary DOQ. The Village provides an excellent benefits package comprised of health, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement.  In addition, the Village offers flexible spending account plans for medical expenses, dependent care, public transportation and parking expenses. 

Selection Process:

Candidates should be prepared to take both a written and an in-field exam/skills test related to tasks that may be encountered on the job. Conditional offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment examination with a back evaluation, drug screening, background investigation, and driver’s license records check with the Secretary of State’s Office. 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should complete an employment application which can be downloaded from the Village’s website at and submit it along with a cover letter and resume electronically to Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled. Paper submissions will not be accepted.  

The Village of Wilmette is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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