Urban Forestry Consultant

Pennsylvania, United States
05 May 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Profile Title

Administrative Coordinator

Job Description Summary

The Urban Forestry Consultant is a a part-time staff position working up to 1250 hours per year under direction of the Morris Arboretum Associate Director of Urban Forestry. The Urban Forestry Consultant supports Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry program consulting and education activities and key assignments with Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities:

BG Map/ BG Base update and data entry and campus tree condition assessment support services for at FRES/Penn

  • Update and coordinate data using BG-Map and BG-Base for Penn-accessioned tree collection (requires working at the Facilities and Real Estate Services office, 3101 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 ~1 day/week)
  • Tree inventory and assessments including but not limited to working with Associate Director of Urban Forestry in the field, inputting data

Other services as assigned for FRES/Penn such as tree care and arboricultural quality control, reports and standards recommendation and review

  • Assist with special projects, such as Penn’s Creating Canopy tree giveaways, as requested
  • Perform additional duties as assigned​

Support for contractual consulting services with Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry Team for various contracts  

  • Tree inventory and assessments including but not limited to working with Associate Director of Urban Forestry in the field, inputting data
  • Assist on construction projects as directed by Associate Director of Urban Forestry
  • Use CAD/GIS/Excel for recording tree inventory and assessment data and client deliverables
  • Use the ArcGIS Collector app and ArcGIS online for mapping inventory and assessment data as directed by BCMA
  • Assist in report writing and editing when needed
  • Participate in fieldwork activities including tree identification, tree inventory, and the visual assessment of trees in urban and natural settings, which includes being outside all day in cold and hot weather
  • Assist with consulting report writing, library research, diagnostic techniques

Set up GIS-related maps and online GIS data collection fields for Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry Team

  • Create and update GIS Online accounts, maps, and data as necessary​

Perform additional duties as assigned


  • A Bachelor's degree is required, Master’s Degree preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Applied knowledge of CAD (AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, etc.) required
  • Applied knowledge of and experience with GIS software (ESRI ArcMAP, ArcGIS Online, Collector application or their equivalents) required
  • Applied knowledge of and experience with MS Office suite software (Word, Excel, Power Point or their equivalent) required
  • Demonstrated communication skills and abilities to develop and present professional reports required
  • Applied knowledge of and experience with BG Map/Base software preferred but not required
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist credential is preferred but not required
  • Must have valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • A full background check will be undertaken for the successful applicant

Position continuation depends on earned revenue funding.

How to Apply:

Complete the application at Careers@Penn (https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn) and attach your resume and letter of intent.

Morris Arboretum also requires two letters of reference. The letters may be emailed directly to Jason Lubar, lubar@upenn.edu.

Job Location - City, State

Flourtown, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Morris Arboretum

Pay Range

$20.00 - $36.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.