Landscape Manager/City Arborist

City of Torrance | Torrance, CA

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Posted Date 1/24/2020

The Public Works Department is a dynamic organization that readily adapts to the needs of the Torrance Community in providing quality and reliable service to the public. The department is made up of over 200 employees within five distinct divisions who provide service to our residents, businesses, and other City departments to improve and maintain the City's streets, sidewalks, landscaping, traffic, sewers, and water systems.

The Division
The Streetscape Division is responsible for the maintenance and sustainability of the City's urban forest which includes all trees in the public right of way. The division is also responsible for the landscape maintenance and improvements on city medians and parkways. This division prides itself on its dedication to serving our community.

The Position
The Landscape Manager / City Arborist reports directly to the Deputy Public Works Director - Operations. The manager is responsible for a staff of 40 and a division budget of approximately $4 million with two supervisors reporting directly to this position. The position manages the operations of the Streetscape Division, which includes oversight of the maintenance and landscape of the trees and shrubs in the public right-of-way, and requires extensive professional knowledge in the care of trees and shrubs including types and uses of pesticides.

For more information about the duties of the position, click here.

Monthly Salary Range
Minimum $11,012 - Reference $13,214 - Maximum $15,196
Appointments are typically made between the minimum and the reference point of the range, depending on qualifications.

Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is:

An Associate's degree with a concentration in landscape architecture, horticulture or other job related field and seven (7) years of progressively responsible public works experience, which includes at least two (2) years of management or supervisory experience.

Note: Education or experience may be used as a primary qualifier.

License and/or Certificate

  • Must possess and maintain an appropriate valid California driver's license.
  • Must possess and maintain an International Society of Arboriculture (lSA) Certified Arborist credential and California Department of Pesticide Regulation Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC).

Certification by the lnternational Society of Arboriculture (lSA) as a Certified Arborist -Municipal Specialist and California Department of Pesticide Regulation Agriculture Pest Control Advisor License is desirable.

Successful candidates will possess the following:

  • Team player orientation with solid managerial skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Proven problem solving skills and
  • Excellent conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.

Additional Application Instructions

Interested candidates must submit an online application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs. The application filing period closes Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Resumes must include start and end dates reported by month and year for each position held. Only those candidates who best meet the City and Department's needs will be invited to participate in the examination process, which will consist of the following components: Performance Test: Weighted 50% (Tentatively scheduled on February 11, 2020) Panel Interview: Weighted 50% (Tentatively scheduled on March 4, 2020) Visit to find out more information about our community. The City of Torrance Conflict of Interest Code requires that employees in this classification file an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. Information about this requirement may be obtained from the City Clerk's office. Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources prior to the examination date(s). For further information, click here. As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and a pre-employment medical examination. The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.



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Local Government
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