3435 - Urban Forestry Inspector

Recruitment #PEX-3435-060458


APPOINTMENT TYPE:  Permanent-Exempt.  The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  In order to be considered for a permanent appointment, incumbent will be required to successfully compete in a Civil Service Examination.


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Under general supervision, the 3435 Urban Forestry Inspector performs duties involving the evaluation and inspection of trees and other vegetation for maintenance, removal and/or planting.  The essential functions of this class include assessing and evaluating conditions of trees and other vegetation; maintaining tree inventories; keeping work records; implementing the Urban Forestry Ordinance, Article 16 of the Public Works Code, including issues related to street planting and removal, public notification, maintenance needs, responsibility for street trees, and investigation of code violations; preparing and distributing work order requests for tree maintenance and sidewalk repairs related to City-maintained trees to supervisor; handling emergency tree situations that may require immediate evaluation and recommendation for abatement; assisting property owners with the  tree removal and planting permit application process; responding to inquiries and complaints from the public and other government agencies regarding tree removals and maintenance responsibilities; and educating and informing the public regarding proper arboricultural practices and relevant City, State, Federal laws and guidelines.  Duties may also include using safety equipment, using a hand saw or operating a power saw or chain saw to remove limbs, stacking, chipping and loading brush in preparation for disposal; driving trucks; reading maps; and performing related duties as required. Positions in this job code may engage in some activity that requires physical demands and manual dexterity with exposure to inclement weather and other arduous and disagreeable working conditions.



According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  1. Assesses and evaluates condition of trees and other vegetation;
  2. Maintains tree inventories.
  3. Writes tree evaluation reports.
  4. Meets and interacts with the public and other agencies regarding tree planting and removal permits and recommendations.
  5. Works closely with City and private agencies to coordinate tree work.
  6. Works with the public to educate and inform citizens regarding proper arboricultural practices and relevant city, state, and federal laws and guidelines.
  7. Prepares written correspondence for the public regarding proper arboricultural practices.
  8. Cites, and in some cases, issues fines to property owners for damaging trees. 
  9. Handles complaints from the public and other City agencies and makes appropriate referals.
  10. Deals with emergency tree situations. 
  11. Occasionally may engage in pruning or removal of fallen trees during storm events.
  12. Acts as backup to the Urban Forester, as needed, representing the Department at public hearings.
  13. Responsible for record keeping of permits and city tree database.
  14. Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge of:  methods, materials and equipment used in prunning and caring for trees; mechanical aptitude in the use of power saws and other equipment; knowledge of tree physiology, pathology, and species identification; Methods in hazard tree evaluation; proper arboricultural practices including maintenance and  pruning methods, planting practices as well as mitigation of tree hazards.

Ability to:   clearly communicate verbally and in writing through presentations written correspondence; efficiently use computer programs and manage information in electronic databases; research public records and laws; maintain an even demeanor during difficult interactions with the public


1.       Three (3) years of verifiable experience in tree planting and maintenance activity, inspecting and evaluating trees; writing reports and making presentation.  Experience pruning trees alone is not qualifying experience; AND

2.       Possession of Arborist Certification through the International Society of Arboriculture or ability to obtain certification within 18 months of appointment; AND

3.       Possession and maintenance of a valid Class C driver’s license.  A photocopy of the required driver’s license must be submitted with the application at the time of filing. (Note: Some positions require employees to obtain a class B Driver's License within one year of hire for long term assignments.)

Substitution:  College-level course work equivalent to two years (60 units) in arboriculture, urban forestry or horticulture may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring

  • Ability to work with the public and neighborhood groups
  • Ability to implement programs and analyze its effectiveness
  • Ability to multi-task


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit copy of Driver’s License and verification with the CCSF application.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. 

·         Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Click on “I am a New User” or “I have Registered previously”

·         Follow instructions given on the screen


Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. 

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included with their application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicants meet the minimum qualifications.   Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applicants will be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Important Note:  All application materials, including photocopy of valid driver’s license and verification of qualifying experience (see section on verification requirements), must be submitted by the final filing deadline.   Failure to submit verification will result in rejection of application.

Only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed. Mailed application materials must be postmarked no later than the final filing date.  Late, faxed or e-mailed applications and applications submitted to other offices will NOT be accepted.   


All applicants must submit verification of their qualifying work experience at the time of application.  Verification of qualifying work experience must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed.  City employees who qualify based solely on City employment or a combination of City employment and outside experience may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above.  Self-employment requires evidence of total earnings (copies of income tax returns or other official documents); occupation and duties performed which demonstrate that the applicant meets the qualification requirements.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant MUST submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with the application may result in rejection of the application.  Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Application materials may be submitted by:

1.       Uploading the documents through JobAps;       OR

2.       Scanning documents and sending as PDF attachments to Marlo.Thomas@sfdpw.org with the recruitment number in the subject line;  OR

3.       Hand delivering or sending the documents via U.S. Postal mail to:

General Services Agency, Human Resources   

1155 Market Street, 4th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Attention: Class 3435


SELECTION PROCEDURE:  Application Screening: (Qualifying) Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT: Applicants for positions in this classification who are not currently employed by the City and County of San Francisco in a safety-sensitive position represented by (include the specific union name), are required to pass pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. All employees in this classification may also be subject to drug and alcohol testing upon reasonable suspicion or after a work-related accident.  Applicants with a positive result from a pre-employment drug test will be restricted from hire in safety-sensitive function positions for six-months after the date of the positive test.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Marlo Thomas at (415) 554-4824 or via email:  marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:


Terms of the Announcement:


Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents:


Right to Work:


All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.




Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Issued:  August 2, 2013

Announcement No:  PEX-3435-060458

General Services Agency/Department of Public Works

GSA-DPW/mte (415) 554-6000


Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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