The Forester is responsible for all aspects of the commemorative tree planting program including advocating for, assisting with and implementing the care of the approximately 16,000 trees in the Park.The Forester reports to the Director of Landscape Management while working closely with the two LMO Deputy Directors; and collaborates with the Landscape Management, Design and Construction, and Development departments.
Monday-Friday 7:00 am-3:30 pm or as scheduled consistent with current projects. Occasional late shifts, weekends, and holidays may be required especially during emergency situations.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Commemorative Tree Program (50%)
- Working with the Director and Development, match potential donors with tree planting sites while incorporating historic design, ecological, and horticultural standards.
- Research, order, tag, and arrange delivery of B&B and container trees for spring and fall planting in a timely and cost-effective manner .
- Work with development, LMO, and seasonal tree crew staff to coordinate and deliver planting ceremonies for between 60 and 120 donors per year (usually each donor plants a tree).
- During tree planting season, serve as supervisor of tree planting crew by setting work schedules, approving time off requests, and filling out timesheets of seasonal PPA employees.
- Maintain donor trees in the landscape by monitoring, watering, pruning, fencing, and removing trees if necessary.
- Maintain and update a database of planted trees with locations and donor information and respond to inquiries from the public or from colleagues.
General Tree and Park Care (%50)
- Document in a database all work on trees in Prospect Park and pull reports from that database.
- When necessary, work with Alliance staff to undertake basic tree work safely and effectively: pruning, removal, and clearing of storm damage with the support of Prospect Park Alliance crews.
- Oversee the work of contractors in the park and keep records to document work in regard to contract budget and payments.
- Coordinate and occasionally supervise volunteer and intern activities in the park.
- Create and implement measures to support key specimen trees. Work may include decompaction, fencing, fertilization or other soil amendments, mulching, or other interventions.
- Promote understanding and awareness about park trees to the public, to park employees, and to other entities by creating educational materials and by public speaking.
- Conduct snow removal and other emergency response operations throughout the park as assigned.
- Maintain a positive work attitude by behaving and communicating in a cooperative manner with coworkers, supervisors, and the public.
- Performance of all other job-related tasks as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
- EITHER a Master’s degree in Forestry or a related field, OR a Bachelor’s degree in forestry or a related field and at least two years arboricultural experience OR four years arboricultural experience.
- Experience with chainsaw, weedwhacker, and other power tools.
- Valid NYS Driver’s License.
- Experience with operation of chipper, stump grinder, and tractor/loader (desired).
- NYS CDL Class B Driver’s License (or within 6 months of hire).
- ISA Certification (desired).
- Ability to lift 50 lbs on a regular basis and to work outside in all weather conditions
- Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software programs.
- Positive, self-motivated, problem-solver
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE:
The Prospect Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park for the benefit of diverse communities, in partnership with the City of New York. Prospect Park is Brooklyn's flagship park and a National Historic Landmark, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The Alliance cares for the natural environment, preserves historic design and serves the community by providing
public programming and Park amenities for the Park, which receives more than 10 million visits each year. The Alliance’s work in historic preservation and park revitalization is nationally recognized.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Prospect Park Alliance is an equal opportunity employer committed to making diversity as much a part of its everyday operations as it is a part of its mission and values. The Alliance is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.