Parks Superintendent

Department: Parks & Recreation
Division: Urban Forestry
Hourly rate: $23.93 – $35.89

General Purpose

Performs care and maintenance of the City’s urban forest for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.  Implement the Urban Forest Management Plan, oversee programs and projects related to Urban Forestry, and coordinate maintenance performed by in house and contractors. Work performed under minimal supervision with considerable latitude in the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Position relies on expertise and experience to interpret and apply established policies and procedures.  Work reviewed through discussion, observation of results achieved and review of written reports.

Examples of Essential Functions

Please note: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Implement the Urban Forest Management Plan.

Coordinate work schedules of contractors and in house staff to perform routine maintenance.

Oversee private tree removal inspection process, dead tree removal and hazardous mitigation of trees on City right of ways, overhead electric line clearance, and street/traffic clearance to include lifting the canopy and line of sight clearance for traffic devices.

Meet with the public as requested to assess tree health questions and make recommendations.

Assist in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive tree inventory.

Provide public education opportunities; attend community events.

Maintain administrative records in accordance with Florida State Statutes related to public records.

Assist in preparing and monitoring the division’s annual budget.

Manage employees assigned to the division, including recommendations for hiring, discipline and termination, performance management, scheduling, and oversight of division workload.

Represent division when the City’s Emergency Operation Center is activated; coordinate emergency work including call back as needed to insure completion.

Communicate effectively with all staff, vendors and the public.

Demonstrate proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.

Perform other work as assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of tree species, tree insects, tree biological functions and diseases.

Knowledge of proper techniques for tree removal, maintenance, care, and planting.

Knowledge of ordinances and policies relating to trees.

Skill in the use of computers and common business software such as MS Office Suite.

Skill in working under pressure in a fast-paced environment and multi-tasking to make decisions that are in line with department goals.

Skill in working effectively on a team and successfully performing tasks on an individual basis.

Ability to learn and be competent in various computer software programs and adapt to changes in technology as implemented by the City.

Ability to make critical and difficult decisions with some direction that conforms to the policies and procedures of the City and the Department.

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in a courteous and professional manner, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and work cooperatively with employees at all levels throughout the City, as well as the general public.

Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of subordinates.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; make decisions and interpretations in accordance with established rules, policies, and procedures.

Ability to judge weights and distances; ability to interpret blueprints and maps.

Ability to maintain records in accordance with Florida State Statutes related to public records, and to create correspondence, spreadsheets and reports.

Ability to analyze data, perform calculations and create and present recommendations.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor degree in Forestry, Urban Forestry, Natural Resource Management or a related field supplemented by a minimum of three years’ experience in urban forestry of which one year must have been at a supervisory level.


NOTE:  All certifications must be current at the time of application, and must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Must possess and maintain a valid state of Florida driver license.

Must have International Society of Arborculture certification as an Arborist or be able to receive such certification within one year of employment.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities and other competencies required for the position may be considered.  


Tasks may require frequent exposure to adverse environmental conditions.


This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 25 pounds of force frequently and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping. Work requires sitting at a keyboard for extended periods.


Tasks require manual dexterity in addition to visual and hearing acuity and oral communications abilities.