Senior Arborist

City of New Westminster

Great City, Great Work, Great Future!

Senior Arborist

Parks and Recreation



CUPE, Local 387

7:30 am – 4:00 pm

2019 rates: $85,968 ($41.19/hr)

The Senior Arborist supports the continued implementation of the City of New Westminster’s award winning Urban Forest Management Strategy to meet sustainable target objectives. As Senior Arborist you are an organized multi-tasker who will be the supervisor of our arboricultural team.  With overall responsibility for long-range planning and managing the urban tree care program, you will perform technical and administrative work in developing, coordinating and implementing a tree management program for the City and planning and coordinating arboricultural work on City property.  You are a working supervisor who will be responsible for preparing and maintaining a comprehensive tree inventory, providing technical and program advice and guidance to a variety of internal and external contacts, promoting municipal arboricultural programs; performing skilled arboricultural work as required and supervising the work of staff engaged in arboricultural work.

Requirements include:
  • Graduation from a recognized school of horticulture or university graduation in an arboriculture related discipline, plus considerable related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Certification as an Arborist with the International Society of Arborists and successful completion of the Qualified Tree Risk Assessor certification course.
  • Considerable knowledge of policies, practices, procedures, regulations and by-laws governing the work performed.
  • Considerable knowledge of arboricultural principles, practices and techniques, and of tree species, diseases, pests and treatment methods.
  • Ability to develop, implement and coordinate arboricultural plans, policies and procedures and arboricultural care standards.
  • Proven project management skills coordinating multiple projects and working within given timeframes and budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to make rational and sound decisions enabling timely and accurate resolution of customer service requests and technical issues to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Evaluate non-routine (potential high risk or sensitive) customer requests relating to street/reserve trees, through inspection and investigation to provide detailed recommendations and or technical reports, using objective decision making skills.
  • Undertake resident notification and consultation regarding street tree planting, pruning and removal programs. 
  • Respond professionally and promptly to resident requests on matters relating to tree management. 
  • Ability to plan, assign, check, review, supervise and evaluate the work of one or more staff engaged in arboricultural work and to coordinate and oversee the work of contracted and City work crews.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Willingness to work constructively as part of a team. 
  • Ability to proficiently use the Microsoft Office suite as well as GIS software.
  • Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia.

Apply by sending your resume quoting competition #18-165, by January 11, 2019 to the Human Resources Department, City of New Westminster, 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC, V3L 1H9, Fax: (604)527-4619 or e-mail to
We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The City of New Westminster is committed to employment equity.
We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Organization: City of New Westminster
Location: New Westminster, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Forestry/Arboriculture
Posted: December 7, 2018, 10:55 am
Expires: January 11, 2019, 4:30 pm

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