The Presidio Trust is seeking an experienced Forester with the skills and passion to maintain and care for this treasured historic forest! The Presidio of San Francisco, once an Army base, is now a new kind of national park. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, in part because of its beautiful forest and historic landscapes. The Presidio's richly forested and designed setting is one of the Army's most impressive accomplishments in landscape architecture. No other military installation in the nation has ever undertaken landscape and forestry planning on such a grand scale.
A soldier standing on the Presidio's windy ridgeline during the Civil War years would have written home about sandy dunes and the open prospect to the bay. Beginning in the 1880s, the Army planted a vast eucalyptus, pine, and cypress forest. Thousands of trees were planted along the Presidio's ridges and entrance gates. Today, the 300-acres forest is the largest feature that contributes to the Presidio's National Historic Landmark District. It also provides habitat for birds and other wildlife and respite from the city for human visitors.
Our ideal candidate has expert professional knowledge and competency in forestry science. You have exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills, a tireless work ethic, and you think strategically. You're highly motivated, with the ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
- Develop, coordinate, and direct all aspects of forestry and arboricultural management, including reforestation, forest rehabilitation and improvement programs, and pruning.
- Organize, assign, and direct a crew of Tree Worker/Arborists and Forestry Workers engaged in pruning, removal, planting, care, and maintenance of trees throughout the Presidio.
- Serve as the Trust expert regarding forest and arboricultural resources in meetings/consultations with other local, state, and federal agencies.
- Prepare and update resource management plans for Area B of the Presidio to insure preservation, protection, and enhancement of forest and arboricultural resources as specified in relevant laws and planning documents.
- Develop, coordinate, and preview plans of all programs that affect the forest and arboricultural resources of the Presidio.
- Identify the boundaries of forestry and arboricultural resource problems and issues, the information needed to resolve the issue, and the criteria and technique to use in addressing issues and problems.
- Analyze data and prepare studies and reports on the impact of various management and public practices on a resource.
- Develop detailed contract specifications, task statements, quality of work criteria, and related specifications for use in obtaining specific kinds of work and services through competitive contract and acquisition channels.
- Prepare and deliver presentations to stakeholders and other interested parties regarding Presidio forest management.
- Requires a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in forestry or a related field, and at least four years of relevant experience in the field of urban forest management.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents; and respond effectively, verbally and in writing, to complex or sensitive inquiries or complaints.
- Ability to make effective presentations on controversial topics to top management and public / stakeholder groups.
- Ability to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability in directing forestry and arboricultural programs, and comprehensive knowledge of best management practices and environmental regulations.
- Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems associated with forestry and arboriculture.
- Ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with Trust policies and applicable laws, including interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; authorizing time off; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, Trust employees, tenants and visitors, and with other local/federal/state government and forestry partners.
- Outdoor work requires hiking over uneven terrain, and exposure to forested areas for extended periods in a variety of environmental conditions, occasionally carrying light equipment.
- Requires a valid California driver's license.
- Strategic-minded leader, passionate about working for a park, specifically the Presidio.
- Friendly and customer service oriented.
- Significant experience working collaboratively with a diverse team in technical or professional forestry work.
About Presidio Trust Forestry
To preserve our treasured forest, Presidio Trust Tree Workers/Arborists, Forestry Workers, and volunteers are gradually replanting cypress, pine, eucalyptus and even redwood. Over the past decade, the forestry crew has planted 27 acres of young trees at 44 sites. In total, 3,500 trees have been planted. The rejuvenation is especially visible along West Pacific Boulevard near Julius Kahn Park; at the Arguello Gate, where cypress trees planted just a few years ago already rise 30 feet; along Kobbe Boulevard, where wind studies have informed how trees should be placed on the Presidio's blustery western edge; and near the World War II Memorial, where trees resistant to pine pitch canker are thriving. Trees that have been felled continue to contribute to the park's vitality – they are used as compost to increase soil fertility, are milled for benches and fencing, and are immortalized through art, as seen in Andy Goldsworthy's Presidio pieces Wood Line, Spire, and Tree Fall. The Trust's reforestation effort has also contributed to an uptick in the bird population. The Trust also welcomes the public to get involved by participating in a volunteer tree care program. More than 1,000 volunteers have contributed more than 5,000 hours caring for young Presidio trees.