Manager of Urban Forest Services

City of Victoria


Manager of Urban Forest Services

Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department
(Regular Full-Time)

Victoria is a vibrant, richly diverse and sustainably-focused city, renowned as a global tourist destination, hosting over 3.5 million visitors annually, and a place with excellent quality of life. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, the City of Victoria is home to 92,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents.   The City of Victoria is recruiting for the position of Manager – Urban Forest Services, a new role that will lead a professional staff team responsible for the planning and management of these critical living assets.  

Our ideal candidate will bring exceptional communication skills, innovative ideas and strong leadership to the urban forest and natural areas team, responsible for arboriculture operations, long-term planning, stakeholder engagement, and oversight of practices, policies, and plans.

This is a rare opportunity for a skilled and motivated professional, who enjoys tackling complex challenges, and understands how to acquire and utilize relevant data in decision-making, to effectively meet strategic objectives.   This position requires working in a deadline-focused environment, balancing multiple projects and addressing changing priorities, while providing leadership and guidance to a diverse team.   


At a minimum, qualified candidates will possess the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Significant experience in developing, implementing, enforcing, and evaluating the adequacy of regulations related to tree protection and preservation as part of the land development permitting process.

Significant experience in developing policies and initiatives related to the protection, preservation, promotion, and enhancement of an urban forest.

Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment, tact and diplomacy in all dealings with internal and external stakeholders and maintain confidentiality as required.

Significant experience in preparing and making presentations to elected officials, executive management, media, citizens, boards and commissions, and other stakeholders.

Demonstrated project management skills and abilities.

Extensive knowledge of the impacts of climate change and the relationship of trees and other living assets to actions associated with the mitigation and adaptation of risks.

Proof of arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience leading a team of professional staff to achieve success, with responsibilities including establishing mission, vision, performance goals and criteria, and developing and managing budgets.

A bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry or Environmental Studies or an equivalent, supplemented with relevant management and leadership experience. 

To apply for this opportunity, you will need to create an online profile or log back into our career portal at - only online submission will be considered. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume.  

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.   

We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at

Organization: City of Victoria
Location: Victoria, BC
Region: South Vancouver Island
Professional Category(s): Environmental Services, Forestry/Arboriculture
Posted: August 8, 2019, 4:01 pm
Expires: September 5, 2019, 4:30 pm

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