City Arborist

Applications closing on January 21, 2022, 05:00 PM

  • Job typeFull-time
  • Salary range$102,708 to $123,800 annually

The City of Menlo Park is recruiting for the position of City Arborist in the Public Works Department.  This position will supervise and direct work crews involved in the planting, trimming/pruning, and removal of City street, park, median and plaza trees.

The City Arborist oversees all aspects of the City’s tree programs including maintenance, planting, inventory, risk management, emergency response, preservation, and community relations and education.  This position also reviews Heritage Tree applications and issues permits, and provides responsible technical assistance to the Public Works Superintendent.

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Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate will have excellent customer services skills, demonstrate a can-do attitude and foster a team environment.  They will possess a passion for public service and recognize this opportunity to manage the urban forest for long-term success.  The candidate will have professional level experience involving tree planting, preservation, maintenance activities and tree insect/disease control.  A comfort-level with technology and the ability to learn new applications is highly desirable.  If you value teamwork and want to have a meaningful impact in the community, apply today!

Education and experience

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of a four-year degree in forestry, natural resource management, horticulture or a related field.

Five (5) years of arborist program experience, two (2) of which should be in a supervisory capacity.

Licenses and certification

  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license by time of appointment.

  • Possession of an Arborist certificate issued by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

  • Possession of a valid PC832 certificate desirable.


The City offers an excellent benefit package consisting of:

  • The City offers employees a commuter check program of up to $150.00 per month toward the purchase of a monthly transit pass; or a transportation allowance program provides employees with $1.50 per day when they walk, bicycle or carpool to work at least once per week
  • Health insurance: City contribution up to $2,312 per month toward a Cafeteria Plan which can be used to purchase medical insurance and participate in a flexible spending account for health care and/or child care reimbursement
  • Dental: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision: City-paid coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vacation: 88 - 176 hours of vacation leave accrual each year, depending on length of service
  • Sick leave: 96 hours of sick leave accrued each year
  • Holidays: 11 official holidays and 34 hours of floating holiday time per year, prorated based on date of hire
  • Retirement: CalPERS: For classic members 2.0% @ 60 formula. For all others, 2.0%@ 62 formula
  • Deferred compensation: Voluntary participation in City Plans.
  • Life insurance: City-paid policy equal to 1-1/2 times regular annual wage
  • Long term disability: City-paid coverage
  • Educational leave and tuition reimbursement
  • Employees are provided with access to an on-site gym at no cost

For additional benefit information, visit and review the SEIU and AFSCME memorandums of understanding with the City of Menlo Park.

Special instructions

Important: Please be sure to fill out the required city application completely, including all relevant work experience. If you submit your resume with your application, please be sure to include all relevant information to discern you meet the minimum qualifications. If you would like to attach a resume and/or cover letter, you may attach one file only (multiple pages okay) up to 2MB.

Applications will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this announcement. Not all applications which may meet the minimum requirements will proceed to the next phase of the recruitment process. If 25 or less qualified applications are received, the eligibility list will be established based on application review.  If 26 or more qualified applications are received, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Board Panel Examination.  All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

An Eligible List will be established as a result of this examination process and will be valid for a period of six (6) months. The list may be extended up to a maximum of two (2) years. The hiring department will review the Eligible List to determine which candidates will be invited to the department selection process.

The City of Menlo Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Veronica Wortham at 650-330-6673 or before the closing date for accommodation requests.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to fill out the required City application completely, including all relevant work experience. Applications with “See Resume” as a substitution for the work experience description and/or unclear past employment information will not be considered.

Before receiving an offer of employment, the candidate will be required to successfully complete a reference background check, OccuScreen check and DOJ fingerprinting.

Applicants must be successful in all phases of the selection process to be considered for this position.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.