Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Hiring pay for this position is $61,487 - $75,295 annually
Full salary range for this position is $61,487 - $89,102 annually

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation work spaces
The City of Aurora is pleased to offer:
  • Training assistance through our online Learning Management System as well as a Tuition Assistance Program
  • One time 2.5% pay increase for obtaining CDL B or A license  for individuals whose job requirement is to maintain a CDL
  • An annual bonus up to $500 (paid in December if eligibility criteria is met) for individuals whose job requirement is to maintain a CDL
  • Boot (steel toe or other safety toe boots are required) allowance in the amount of $150.00 after successful completion of your introductory period and then yearly on your anniversary date
  • The Forestry Division  will provide a $250 yearly clothing alowance (first year is $500) 
  • The Forestry Division will provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Climbing gear


The City of Aurora is seeking a skilled Forestry Supervisor to supervise, monitor, and coordinate the activities of multiple crews of skilled and semi-skilled tree workers. The supervisor may be engaged in production tree work, evaluating urban forest conditions; scheduling and coordinating tree maintenance, supervising volunteer planting and pruning events, and coordinating equipment repair activities to ensure a consistently safe work environment

  • Plans, assigns, monitors, and coordinates the work activities of assigned crews.
  • Directly assists production crews in trimming and removal operations, traffic control, stump grinding, and tree planting to meet department goals.
  • Resolves problems and conflicts arising during the course of the work. 
  • Reports and investigates accidents, tracks near misses, and implements safety improvements.
  • Assists in preparing and recommending equipment specifications
  • Manages productivity records updating. Prepares productivity and activity reports.
  • Maintains and enforces safety regulations and procedures
  • Coordinates preventative maintenance programs for city trees, shop equipment, and forestry fleet.  
  • Inspects contractor and in-house staff work for conformance to standard
  • Makes recommendations regarding budgetary matters as well as tracks and monitors budget[s]
  • Schedules, coordinates, and tracks training and certifications for FTE's and apprentices.
  • Participates in selecting, hiring, training, evaluating, supervising, and disciplining assigned employees
  • Supports, coordinates, and trains volunteers and volunteer events
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Associates or Bachelor's Degree Preferred
  • Required to be an ISA Certified Arborist in good standing

  • At least 4 years' progressively responsible experience in tree trimming and removal operations
  • Must have tree climbing skill with rope and saddle
  • 1 year of supervisory or lead work experience. 
An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.

  • Knowledge of methods and processes to nurture and maintain trees. Knowledge of hazards and safety practices common to tree maintenance programs.

  • Ability to multi-task while working effectively with employees and citizens; communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Prioritize, coordinate, and make work assignment
  • Fulfill department goals and objectives; and direct, effectively train, and supervise other employees.
  • Ability to prune, remove, and plant trees using industry standard equipment and methods.

  • Strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.
  • Skill in operation of equipment and tools of assigned function. 
Licenses, Certificates, and/or Equipment Required:
  • Valid Drivers license with a good driving record
  • Ability to obtain a Class B Commercial Drivers License within 6 months of employment
  • CPR and First Aid certifications within 6 months of employment.


Physical Demands: 

  • Moderate to heavy physical work requiring ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds with or without assistance or 100 pounds with assistance
  • Regular walking and standing. Some pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, crouching, and climbing; hand/eye and hand/foot coordination for operation of equipment and vehicles.
  • Vision to read reports, manuals, written materials, instruments and gauges
  • Good speech communication, hearing, and listening for effective communication with others
  • Supervises and trains employees and communicates with citizens.

Work Environment: 
  • Works both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions with exposure to noise, dust, chemicals, and fumes.
Essential Personnel: 
  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel
Equipment Used: 
  • Operates equipment and vehicles common to tree maintenance; computers, tablets, and similar devices.
For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, military service and include related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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