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Forestry Assistant (Seasonal Opportunity)

Posted: 06/19/2022

The City of Rochester invites applications for: 
Forestry Assistant
(Seasonal Opportunity)
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To build a vibrant and equitable city, we strive to be an organization where all teammates are treated with dignity and respect. The City of Rochester is committed to being a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and to be their best as part of a vibrant, compassionate, and innovative team. 

The City of Rochester, Minnesota (pop. 115,000+) Park and Recreation Department provides a variety of leisure time opportunities for people to enjoy and manages more than 5000 acres of park land including 2 outdoor pools, 4 golf courses, over 100 individual parks and 100 miles of paved trails.
"Providing traditional, innovative, and affordable quality services (activities, programs, and facilities) for Rochester's citizens and visitors."
Nature of Work
This is a temporary/seasonal/limited appointment position that provides assistance with the City's urban forestry and vegetation management programs by performing tree inspections; scouting for nuisance tree issues on both public and private property; identifying trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB); conducting tree inventories; assisting with the weed and tall grass violation administration; and collecting site data for contracted forestry work. This position must also be able to interact with the public in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner.

Work Schedule:
Positions are available through October. Work schedules vary, but are limited to day-time hours, Monday through Friday.

Pay Rate:
$15.00- $17.50 per hour, depending on qualifications/experience.

*Pursuant to MN Statute, seasonal assignments are limited to 67 working days per calendar year or 100 working days per calendar year if the employees are under the age of 22, are full-time students enrolled in a nonprofit or public educational institution prior to being hired by the employer, and have indicated, either in an application for employment or by being enrolled at an educational institution for the next academic year or term, an intention to continue as students during or after their temporary employment. However, some positions may be scheduled to work up to 1000 hours per season. 

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.



The work below is representative of the scope of work performed within this job classification. Individual job duties will vary based on work assignment. 

  • Assist with the City's urban forestry and vegetation management programs.
  • Perform tree inspections.
  • Conduct tree inventories.
  • Scout for nuisance tree issues on both public and private property.
  • Identify trees infected with Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
  • Collect site data for contracted forestry work.
  • Assist with the weed and tall grass violation administration.
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the City Forester and other departmental staff.
  • Help with data collection relating to the public tree inventory
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary.




  • High School diploma or the equivalent (GED)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license
Desirable Qualifications
State of Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector certification
International Society of Arboriculture Arborist certification
Relevant coursework in Landscape Management, Natural Resources, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Urban Forestry or closely related field
Experience with Geographic Information Systems including ArcMap



Knowledge of: the basic identification and comprehension of common forbs, grasses, trees, shrubs, and invasive species.

Skill in: identifying tree species.

Ability to: follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships; positively interact with public and clients; and provide positive customer service.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represents the physical and environmental demands for this position. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions with or without accommodation.

In consideration of the overall amount of physical effort required to perform this position, the work is best described as Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Physical demands that may be required continuously (2/3 or more of the time), frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time), and occasionally (up to 1/3 of the time) are noted below:

Continuous demands: standing, walking, reaching, handling, bending

Frequent demands: carrying, pushing/pulling, kneeling, crouching

Occasional demands: sitting, lifting, fine dexterity, crawling, twisting, climbing, balancing, foot controls

Sensory requirements necessary in the performance of the essential functions of this position include: sight, hearing, touch

Environmental conditions that may exist in the performance of the essential functions of this job include:

Extreme heat (above 100 degrees)
Noise (need to shout in order to be heard)
Exposure to dust/gas/fumes/steam/chemicals
Work outdoors (no effective protection from weather)
Walk on uneven ground (gravel, rocks, mounds, construction sites)
Working around moving machinery (fork-lifts, tractors, mowers)
Protective equipment required (respirator, mask, earplugs, gloves, eyewear, etc.)

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