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The Presidio Trust is seeking a Forester to directs all aspects of the forestry and arboricultural programs of the Presidio Trust.  The Presidio, formerly a 1,491-acre Army base, is now a new kind of national park. The park offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities, and is home to thousands of residential and non-residential tenants. The Land and Building Stewardship Division maintains the important infrastructure necessary to sustain the equivalent of a small city, including fire protection, utilities, water treatment, transportation, roads, trails, and signs.

Our ideal candidate brings a working knowledge of all aspects of forestry and arboriculture. By directing reforestation projects, hazardous tree removals and a comprehensive urban forestry program keeping the Presidio in compliance with the Vegetation Management Plan.


Applications received by October 4, 2021, will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold the first round of interviews beginning the week of October 18, 2021, the second round of interviews the week of November 1, 2021, make a job offer by the end of November 2021, and set a work start date in December, 2021.



  • Develop, coordinate, and direct all aspects of forestry and arboricultural management.
  • Organize, assign, and direct crew(s) 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises up to nine (9) employees. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures, and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; conduct performance appraisals; authorize time off; reward and discipline employees; and address complaints and resolve problems.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in forestry or a related field and
  • Four (4) years of relevant experience in the field of urban forest management.
  • Valid Class C driver's license.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents
  • Manage and respond effectively orally or in writing to the most complex or sensitive inquiries or complaints.
  • Ability to develop and make effective presentations on controversial or complex topics internally and to public groups.
  • 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 manage with a variety of abstract and concrete variables; and establish and maintain positive working relationships

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiar with the flora of Northern and Central California
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other departments to complete time sensitive projects
  • Education and Experience in the field of Forest Management, Utility Forestry, Urban Forestry, Conservation and Preservation, Arboriculture and Tree Care, Reforestation and Environmental Restoration, Integrated Pest Management, Construction Impacts, Fire Ecology and the use and maintenance of applicable forestry equipment.
  • Experience or education in the sciences of botany, silvics, forest measurement, dendrology, forest entomology and pathology, arboriculture, ecology, soils, timber estimating and forest finance.
  • Certification from International Society of Arboriculture, Society of American Foresters, or state agency.
  • Experience with budgeting procedures and practices.
  • Experience with personnel management principles and practices.
  • Experience supervising or directing others in the completion of tasks and/or managing major projects for a current or previous job.
  • Experience reviewing, employing and/or training others in Best Management Practices (BlMPs).
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems to manage inventories, conduct analysis, and develop maps for forestry applications.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, program staff, property owners, public officials, representatives of industry and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


About the Presidio Trust Tree Crew

Over the past 18 years, our Tree Crew has planted 40 acres of young trees at 44 sites. In total, more than 5000 trees have been planted. The rejuvenation is especially visible along West Pacific Boulevard; 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 increase 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.


Background & Driver's License Investigation and Review

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to an employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver's license. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary. However, employment in this sensitive position is contingent upon the successful completion of an employment background investigation. The Presidio Trust may refuse to hire an individual, may rescind an offer of employment to an individual, or may review and terminate the employment of a current employee not successfully completing the background investigation.


Financial Disclosure

This position may require the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.