Assistant Village Forester – Village of Winnetka


July 31, 2018




The Assistant Village Forester provides professional and technical support to all forestry-related activities, including arboriculture, grounds maintenance, tree planting, and tree preservation. This position routinely reviews building permits to ensure compliance with tree preservation requirements as specified by the Village Code, processes tree removal permits, and assists in the administration of forestry-related service contracts.

Essential Functions:

  • Review building permits for conformance with Winnetka’s Tree Preservation Ordinance; conduct site inspections in the construction process for compliance.
  • Examine tree removal permit applications; approve forestry-related permit applications.
  • Maintain GIS inventory of the Village’s public tree population.
  • Oversee Village tree maintenance and tree planting performed by contractors.
  • Inspect, assess, and diagnose public tree health for insects and diseases.
  • Research and recommend best forestry practices for management of invasive pests and emerging diseases.
  • Draft budget recommendations related to the Department’s current and future forestry needs; monitor annual forestry expenses.
  • Provide internal support to other Village departments regarding forestry-related issues.
  • Serve as direct point of contact for utility companies to address and resolve forestry-related issues.
  • Assist in the development of forestry-related educational programs for local schools, scouting organizations, and the general public.
  • Assume the duties of the Village Forester in the Forester’s absence.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, landscape horticulture, forestry, or urban forestry from an accredited college or university.
  • Two (2) to three (3) years’ minimum professional work experience in forestry, arboriculture, or a related field.
  • Possess International Society of Arboriculture designation as “Certified Arborist” or ability to obtain within twelve (12) months of hire.

The position requires the ability to use and operate motorized vehicles and equipment, common hand and power tools, mobile radios and telephones; must be able to perform fine hand control procedures and physically demanding tasks such as lifting heavy objects up to 100 pounds in weight, long distance walking, standing, stooping, kneeling and climbing; effective audio-visual discrimination and perception required; color vision adequate to identify red, yellow, and green; and hearing sufficient to understand verbal direction and to detect abnormal equipment operation and alarms required.

Shifts are normally 8 hours in duration, 40 hours weekly, and may be extended in event of emergency, disaster, work load, administrative obligations, personnel shortage, or work in progress.  Position requires occasional work at evening meetings of boards, commissions, and other public and/or private groups.  Occasional out of town travel may be required. Duties must be performed independently and also as a team member.

Salary Range:  $57,500 – $86,974 annual, DOQ.

Position is open until filled.  First review of candidates: August 27.

Candidates should apply with application, resume, and cover letter. Applications are available on the Job Opportunities page at

For questions or assistance, please contact Ann Eriksson, Human Resources Generalist, at (847) 716-3546 or

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