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The City of Sun Prairie is looking to hire an Arborist to join their Parks, Recreation, and Forestry department!
This position will play an integral role in a close-knit group that focuses on teamwork, encourages contribution and input from all aspects and promotes a healthy work-life balance. This skilled position will work closely with the City Forester and the Parks and Forestry Director to manage the 11,000 + publicly owned trees and natural areas throughout the City of Sun Prairie as well as assist with various operations in city parks.

To learn more visit the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Departmental goals and objectives page.

This position will remain posted until filled with a first review date of applications on July 26, 2024. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform work in all aspects of tree care, including but not limited to, planting, pruning, removals, stump grinding, and plant health care in accordance with the current ANSI A300 Tree Care Standards, Z133 Arboricultural Safety Standards and industry best management practices.
  • Assist in the management of city owned natural areas through various tasks including, but not limited to, invasive plant species identification and management, chemical control methods, wildlife identification and preservation, and prescribed burns.
  • Works closely with the parks maintenance crew to assist with the maintenance and operations at city park facilities which may include, but are not limited to, mowing, trimming, weeding, snow plowing, cross-country ski trail grooming, ice rink maintenance, planting, application of herbicides, maintenance of athletic fields, shelter cleaning, and event support.
  • Safely and efficiently operate varying types of heavy equipment and machinery relating to forestry, such as but not limited to, aerial lift trucks, rope and saddle, brush chipper, chainsaws, pole saws, handsaws, stump grinders, skid steers, toolcat, and tree injection systems.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to identify:
  • Varying species of trees and shrubs and common varieties/cultivars.
  • Varying pests and pathogens common to trees and shrubs found in this region.
  • Experience with GIS software and equipment, as well as data collection/analysis software, i.e. Microsoft Excel.
  • Perform work duties outside in all types of weather conditions with availability for occasional night and weekend work.
  • Assist other city departments with various tasks including, but not limited to, snow removal, event set up, mowing, aquatic center opening and closing procedures, shrub bed installation/maintenance, and other day to day operations.
  • Provide guidance and training for LTE staff in day-to-day operations.


Requirements of Work

Associate’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resources or related fields and two years of work experience in above fields (a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry or a related Natural Resource field will equate to an Associate’s degree and two years of work experience).

Knowledge of
  • Different species of trees, tree disease/pathogens, and species of invasive plants.
Ability to
  • Use and maintain a variety of forestry-related tools, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Perform work as part of a crew consisting of a diverse group of people, as well as independently, with little to no supervision.
  • Analyze data, identify problems, and implement solutions.
  • Exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions.
  • Often use discretion in absence of specific policies and/or guidance from a supervisor, but some direct guidance is received from supervisors.
Skill in
  • Plant identification, specifically trees, and invasive species.
  • Written and oral communications.   Ability to tailor the message, context, and mode of communication to the audience.
  • Delivering exceptional customer service.

Necessary Special Requirements
  • Requires a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brake certification or ability to obtain within six months of employment.  
  • ISA Certified Arborist, or ability to obtain certification within one year of hire.
  • Ability to operate automatic and standard transmissions.
  • Must pass pre-employment background check, driver’s license check, and physical.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • Must be able to safely handle, transport and work with general maintenance materials, equipment or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis and must be capable of lifting 70 pounds maximum weight. 
  • Must be able to assume awkward positions while maintaining equipment.
  • When assigned to emergency call duty, must respond, and if necessary, report to duty in all weather conditions and at all hours of the day or night.
  • The employee must transport information to field offices and agency locations at times.
  • Must be able to frequently bend, twist, squat, climb, and reach for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods in adverse weather conditions.
  • Occasional exposure to construction site conditions including noise levels and other hazards.

The City of Sun Prairie is committed to advancing equity, honoring our diverse identity, and creating an inclusive culture.  These serve as our guiding principles every day in all that we do.  Keep us accountable to this mission and join us in this commitment to a thriving Sun Prairie, as you live, work, and play.  If you need an accommodation during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 608-825-1174 or