Job Description

Overall Job Objective


The City of Littleton has an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Lead Arborist to join our team and assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive forestry management program. The Lead Arborist is responsible for planting, care, and maintenance of a variety of both young and mature trees and will maintain the city’s inventory of trees and tree care records. The ideal candidate is passionate about forestry and has a strong background in tree care and planting strategies.


The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees. For more information, please see our Benefit Guide.


The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at market pay and career development opportunities. In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position with the City of Littleton


Starting pay at or near $29.04 per hour


This full-time/part-time position is non-exempt per FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.


This posting will remain open until finalists are identified or the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive forestry management program.
  • Manage city tree planting strategy.
  • Tree care including planting/transplanting, trimming, pruning, watering, fertilizing, tree removal, stump grinding, insect and pest identification.
  • Performs data collection for citywide inventory.
  • Apply applicable pesticides with consideration of the health and safety of people, plants, and the environment. 
  • Prepare reports and maintain records related to planting and tree care.
  • Operates machinery needed in the maintenance of trees including aerial lift operation.
  • Educates and explains forestry standards of street tree maintenance to citizens.
  • Manages the city’s spring tree (Arbor Day) program.
  • Serves as crew leader on volunteer work projects.
  • Maintains equipment for daily use.
  • May assist with training of crews.
  • Performs 24-hour emergency storm response and snow removal duties in coordination with other departments.
  • Maintains a safe working environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent; and
  • Three (3) years of experience with tree care and diagnosis including identification of pest infestations and other ailments; or
  • An equivalent combination of formal education, training and work experience that produces the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License required within first six months of employment.
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification required within first six months of employment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, motor vehicle records check, drug screen and physical.




  • Current Pesticide Applicator’s License.
  • Current International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification.
  • A degree or coursework completed toward a degree in a forestry or natural resource field.
  • Experience educating others about tree care and forestry standards.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of tree biology, tree care practices, key insects, tree diseases, identification, proper handling, and storage techniques for temporary holding of nursery stock; and personal computers.
  • Ability to learn and operate various GPS and GIS applications.
  • Ability to operate chainsaws, wood chippers and other forestry equipment. 
  • Basic knowledge of traffic safety precautions.
  • Ability to perform work safely in close proximity to vehicle traffic. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and collaborate as part of a team.





  • This position will work outdoors in all weather conditions with exposure to various chemical related to fertilization and pest control.
  • This position must be able to perform strenuous physical work which involves lifting and handling objects frequently which weigh up to 80 pounds from ground to waist height; ability to walk for 3-8 hours per day
  • Ability to frequently handle miscellaneous maintenance equipment.
  • Requires ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, handle, feel, talk, hear voices, equipment engines, approaching traffic, near and/far visual acuity, depth perception, and color vision to perform essential functions of the position.
  • Must be able to understand verbal information and instruction.


Application Instructions

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