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Urban Forestry Inspector

Salary: $22.22-$27.12 hourly / $3,864-$4,717 monthly / Range: 5550

DEFINITION: Under general direction, inspects the work of contractors completing urban forestry projects for the County; assists with contract administration; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is responsible for inspecting the work of contractors performing urban forestry (i.e., tree management) projects in an assigned geographical area within the County, including tree maintenance, removal, and replacement, as well as related hardscape (i.e., sidewalk, curb, gutter, ramp, apron, etc.) repair, modification, and construction. This class is distinguished from the Engineering Technician series by its primary responsibility for inspecting arboricultural projects rather than solely performing paraprofessional-level civil engineering work.


1. Conducts field inspections of tree and cement contractors performing tree maintenance, removal, and replacement and hardscape repair, modification, and construction activities for the Street Tree Partnership Program, to ensure contract compliance and that industry standards are met; inspects tree planting, removal, and trimming to ensure proper methods, materials, and species are being used; inspects concrete forms to ensure the forms are set properly; inspects the batch to ensure the appropriate amount of cement is being used; inspects concrete grade and depths; calculates the measurement of an area to determine if appropriate quantities of materials are being used; tests soil samples; ensures hardscape accessibility for physically-challenged individuals; ensures proper traffic control procedures are used during construction; and conducts field inspections of tree maintenance work funded through Measure D (sales tax revenues).
2. Assists the Urban Forestry Supervisor with planning, coordinating, and prioritizing the work of contractors, as well as interacting with the public; discusses various tree and hardscape problems with the Urban Forestry Supervisor, and recommends solutions; implements recommended solutions; and collects payments from the property owners who partially fund the Street Tree Partnership Program.
3. Uses a variety of computer software programs to maintain accurate and up-to-date records of tree plantings, maintenance, and removals, as well as program costs, tree inventory, and property identification; and surveys rights-of-way to property to determine whether property is County fee-owned land or public easement.
4. Investigates vegetation obstructions; responds to complaints from the public; contacts the property owner regarding the obstruction; researches whether the vegetation is within a public easement or the responsibility of the property owner; sends letters of notification; and effectively resolves the obstruction complaint.
5. Reviews and responds to daily work orders from the public; determines needs and prepares the work order; documents the nature of complaints; investigates complaints; and documents work performed once completed.
6. Provides information and assistance to the general public; and explains County rules, regulations, programs, policies, and procedures.


1. Two years of experience performing or inspecting tree maintenance duties, including planting, trimming, and/or removing trees, including some experience performing or inspecting hardscape repair, modification, and construction work; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to those of a Santa Barbara County Maintenance Worker I/II assigned to tree maintenance duties; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Independent travel within the County is necessary. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required at time of appointment.

Knowledge of: local tree species; tree maintenance, planting, and removal methods and equipment; principles and practices of tree assessment, tree removal, site preparation, landscaping, species selection, and planting; arboreal insect and disease control methods and techniques; proper methods of repairing, modifying, and constructing sidewalks, curbs, gutters, ramps, and aprons; surveying methods and techniques; basic mathematics; and safety practices related to tree maintenance, construction projects, and traffic control.

Ability to: inspect and direct the work of contracted personnel; calculate area measurements and quantity of materials; effectively respond to and resolve complaints and inquiries from the public; learn basic contract administration methods and practices; follow oral and written instructions and departmental safety practices and procedures; work independently and make independent decisions; represent the department with tact; establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with coworkers, members of other County departments/divisions, contractors, and members of the community; keep records and prepare accurate written records/reports; and communicate clearly and effectively with management, contractors, representatives from other agencies, and members of the public.

Desirable Qualification: Some contract administration/coordination experience and possession of a "Certified Arborist" designation by the International Society of Arboriculture are highly desirable.

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