Forestry Intern – City of Joliet


Class Title:                     Forestry Intern (Position Code #7044)

Department:                  Public Works

Division:                        Roadways

Reports to:                    City Arborist

Union:                           Exempt

Employee Status:            Full Time Temporary

Established:                   April 15, 2017


The purpose of this internship is geared toward students seeking to advance their professional knowledge and skills in order to reinforce their academic training. As such, education or experience in forestry management, environmental science, natural resources management, or related field is highly desirable.  The ability to accurately identify tree species is required. Must be willing to engage in outdoor labor activities in addition to performing administrative support work in the office.   Must be organized and dependable and demonstrate a solid work ethic. Must also be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, and be able to effectively establish and maintain cooperative relationships with coworkers and the public. Candidates must have basic computer skills, including knowledge of MS Office and related software, and possess a valid driver’s license.


Working with street trees (inspecting trees, pruning and mulching, watering trees and flower baskets);

Assist in implementing and updating an inventory of street trees in the City of Joliet;

Create and/or update the tree inventory data. Collect information on street trees including caliper, species and location;

Record location of trees in the field using GIS software;

Field survey on foot covering potentially +/- 5 miles a day.


Education and Experience: 

 Open to full-time community college, four-year university and graduate students studying forestry, urban forestry and horticulture;

Advanced plant knowledge and tree identification required;

Ability to operate a personal computer with MS Office, Excel;

Ability and willingness to perform labor intensive activities;

Ability to use tree maintenance tools;

Ability to work inside (10%), outside (90%) and in all potential weather conditions

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Knowledge of tree and shrub species and care.

Knowledge of horticulture and plant biology.

Ability to work in various weather conditions.

Ability to maintain accurate records and create prioritized lists of job-related tasks to be completed.

Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Ability to direct the work of others.

Manual dexterity and physical stamina sufficient to perform manual labor.

Performs other related duties as required.


Valid State of Illinois driver’s license and reliable transportation.


Personal computer, telephone, fax machine, copier, ladders.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The duties of this job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, reaching, climbing, walking, lifting and/or moving (up to 50 pounds), grasping, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and repetitive motions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.

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