Posting Summary: The University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm seeks a full-time arborist to oversee care of the woody plant collection of the State Arboretum of Virginia. Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia ecological field station located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase understanding of the natural environment through research and education.
The State Arboretum of Virginia, located within Blandy Experimental Farm, is a public garden displaying more than 5500 trees and shrubs. It contains a broad diversity of plants from around the world with particularly rich collections of conifers, oaks, maples and boxwoods. Prominent horticultural features include a large ginkgo grove, an allee of cedars-of-Lebanon, and a 350 m lane lined with flowering dogwoods.
We are seeking an arborist to carry out and direct care for the woody plant collection. As the leader of a 4-person team, the arborist will oversee collections care, propagation, planting, and record-keeping for the collection, as well as maintain the overall appearance of the Arboretum. The arborist will develop routine maintenance plans for the collection, direct and carry out plant care using resident staff and contractual services, and mitigate tree-related hazards and emergencies. The arborist will support the broader research, education and outreach activities of Blandy Experimental Farm. The arborist will supervise three full time employees, two landscape specialists skilled in plant care and propagation, and a grounds coordinator in charge of equipment maintenance and mowing.
Applicants will possess at least five years experience in tree care, have at least three years experience in greenhouse and nursery practices, and be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Applicants must have knowledge of integrative pest management, will be required to obtain a Commercial Pesticide Applicator's license after hiring if they do not have it already, and must have three years of experience supervising other employees. A bachelor's degree in horticulture, forestry or a related scientific field is preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Required
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Specific Degree/Training: Bachelor's degree in horticulture, forestry, or related scientific field preferred.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: At least 5 years of experience in the care of a diverse array of native and exotic trees and shrubs is required. At least 3 years experience in greenhouse and nursery practices is required. At least 3 years of experience supervising other employees is required.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: Experience as an arborist at a University affiliated arboretum or public garden is preferred, as is experience supervising crews of 3 or more employees.
Required License or Certification: International Society of Arboriculture training and certification required. A valid driver's license with a zero or positive point balance is required.
Preferred License or Certification: Commercial Pesticide Applicator license is preferred. New employees will be required to become licensed as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of how to care for a diverse array of native and exotic trees and shrubs is required. Knowledge of greenhouse and nursery practices is required. Knowledge of integrative pest management practices is essential. Ability to operate tractors and other landscaping equipment is required. Effective verbal and written communication skills are required. Professionalism and a positive attitude are required.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Database entry skills are preferred.
Required Computer Applications: Email, Internet
Preferred Computer Applications: Microsoft Office, including Access.
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of ben...efits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.