City of Boston

Research Analyst (P&R Tree)

Posted Date 10 months ago(9/27/2021 1:08 PM)
Req ID
Parks Department
Regular Full-Time
Parks Franklin Park
Salary Min
Salary Max
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job description (essential functions of the job):


Under supervision of the City Arborist, the Research Analyst administers and provides quality control for multiple street-tree planting contracts.


  • Reviews streetscape and other construction projects and provides recommendation to mitigate any impacts to public shade trees.
  • Responsible for program development and grant writing for various community forestry program, including Arbor Day, Tree City USA, Boston Urban Forest Coalition, Grow Boston Greener Initiative, etc.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as required to carry out the Urban Forestry Program.
  • Checks trees for structural weakness or insect damage.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paid experience working in commercial or municipal tree care including climbing experience. An associates degree in architecture/engineering/landscape/site design or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. A bachelors degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Knowledge of urban forest management practices.
  • Ability to use all tools related to arboriculture such as chainsaws, handsaws, pole pruners, etc.
  • Certified Arborist (Massachusetts (MA) or ISA) preferred.
  • Evidence of work samples from previous grant writing preferred.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills required.
  • Must have and mataint a current Massachusetts drivers license.
  • Ability to climb or operate an aerial lift to prune or remove trees.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and focus on detail as required by the job.


Preferred Qualification: GIS training and experience with ArcGIS software. Experience with contractors work practices; experience planting trees and working with volunteers; ability to read and interpret landscape plans, GIS maps, etc. as needed to assist developers and to manage urban forestry projects and programs; ability to identify problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Proficiency in Word, Excel and other software a plus.


Must be available to work any assigned shift and any assigned area. Must be available to respond to emergencies 24 hours per day /seven (7) days per week. 


City of Boston Residency required.




Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  AFSCME/RA-16

Hours per week:  35



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