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Position Title: Forestry Foreperson

Reports To: Forestry Manager

Salary Range: $20.50 – $22.00

Supervises: 2 – 4

Requirements: City of Buffalo residency, Valid NYS Driver’s License

To apply, please complete this job application online at Indeed.com or email your resume to Maggie Enos at menos@bene-care.com. If you require alternative methods of application or screening, please reach out to Maggie Enos as well.

Position Summary:

The Forestry Foreperson will manage and oversee the daily projects and personnel of the forestry department for the Olmsted Park System which consists of 850 acres of urban parkland with approximately 16,000 trees. This is a hands-on position extensively utilizing forestry equipment in their daily projects which may include: tree establishment, maintenance, training and protection, pruning, tree removal, pesticide application and equipment maintenance. The position is part of the Forestry Department and reports directly to the Forestry Manager.

This is a full-time position working 37.5 hours per week with non-exempt status according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Overtime hours may be required at certain times, with supervisor approval.


This position is Class 1 according to the Conservancy’s employee handbook and as such benefits include the following:

  • The Conservancy offers Medical, dental, and vision plans with an employer provided allocation toward monthly premiums
  • A 403(b)-retirement plan with employer match. Paid Vacation, Personal and Sick Time
  • In addition, employees receive up to 13 ½ paid holidays per year.

Additional Benefits include: a golf season pass for employees, as well as ongoing in-house training on various topics, flexible schedule.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with the Forestry Manager to develop and prioritize daily tasks according to the forestry work plan;
  • Coordinate and oversee urban forestry work such as tree planting, pruning, tree removal, replacement as well as invasive species management;
  • Supervises, trains and directs the forestry team in tree inspections and patrol activities to ensure compliance with city, state and federal regulations;
  • Administrative duties to include: updating tree inventory, record keeping, and coordination of shared equipment.

Additional Expectations:

  • Aligns with the Conservancy’s commitment to creating an inclusive, equitable, and accountable working environment for all staff and park system for all park users;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications and Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • City of Buffalo residency within six-(6) months of hire date;
  • ISA Certified Arborist requirement within 3 months of hire;
  • Class B – CDL License requirement within 3 months of hire;
  • Minimum of Associate’s Degree in Horticulture, Forestry, Arboriculture, Environmental Science or related field OR 3 years of equivalent work experience;
  • ISATRAQ Certification or similar tree risk assessment experience;
  • Climbing and rigging experience preferred;
  • Chainsaw safety and operation training required;
  • Proven leadership experience and track record of quality and effective employee management;
  • Knowledge of and willingness to develop preferred and professional methods, best practices, techniques and requirements for forestry maintenance as they relate to Olmsted standards;
  • Working knowledge of different tree species classification, sun and soil preferences, as well as pertinent diseases and insects affecting local tree populations;
  • Welcomes change and creativity, and is open to exploring new methods, opportunities, or options, and is supportive of staff feedback and input;
  • Professionalism in communication, demeanor and respectful relationship building at the highest level in representing the Conservancy and fostering collaborative partnerships.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Primarily outdoor hands-on work, and may perform under extreme weather conditions;
  • Job duties may require an employee to bend, reach, stoop, sit, stand and/or walk for extended periods of time, as well as lift and/or move heavy objects which at times could be up to 75 lbs.;
  • Job duties may require an employee to drive distances between park locations and/or operate heavy machinery;
  • Weekend and holiday work, as needed;
  • Working hours – Monday – Friday; 7am – 3pm;
  • Flexible hours depending on workload and ever-changing priorities;
  • Must be able to adapt to ever-changing resources and limited budgets.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is committed to diversity in the workplace. Buffalo Olmsted Parks
Conservancy, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

This job description is intended to identify and list the responsibilities, duties, and qualifications for the position. It cannot be considered all-inclusive, however, as changing organizational circumstances can result in changes to some of those responsibilities, duties, and qualifications. Further, every task supporting the functioning of the position may not be listed or not listed in detail. This job description does not constitute a contract of employment.

Updated: June 2023

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $20.50 – $22.00 per hour


Dental insurance
Health insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance

8 hour shift
Day shift
Work Location: In person

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is committed to diversity in the workplace. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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