Urban Forestry Analyst - Management Analyst I

  • City of Tacoma
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Environmental Services Management
  • Salary: 55806.40 USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 71531.20
  • Phone: 253-591-5400
  • Apply By: Jul 22, 2019


The City of Tacoma is recruiting for the position of Urban Forestry Analyst in our Appointive classification of Management Analyst I.  This position plays a key role in developing City-wide urban forestry and sustainability policies, programs, and projects within the Office of Environmental Policy and Sustainability (OEPS). This includes tracking metrics and reporting on key urban forestry initiatives across the City, as well as working with the community on our public incentive programs. Work products include reports, presentations, and recommendations to managers, directors and council members.

In OEPS, we strive to achieve an exceptional quality of life for every generation and leave a legacy of stewardship. We work together to achieve lasting and equitable prosperity; build safe, healthy, vibrant communities; and minimize our negative impacts in order to conserve the natural resources that sustain us. In the urban forestry work group, we recognize that caring for Tacoma's urban forest is an integral part of growing a sustainable, safe, healthy, and vibrant city.
The below links provide an overview of the urban forest program, the City's Environmental Action Plan, and some of the exciting programs this position will be involved in: 
The applicant selected for this position will co-locate with a group of dynamic and creative sustainability staff, scientists, engineers, and technicians all housed at Tacoma's Center for Urban Waters facility, situated adjacent to Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma.  For more information on the unique Center for Urban Waters professional environment, visit the following web site: https://www.urbanwaters.org

Job Description

Our ideal candidate will be a person who exemplifies the following traits:

  • Strong personal motivation and drive – an energetic and committed self-starter
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • High-performing customer service and conflict management skill sets
  • Outgoing, positive personality who enjoys working with a diverse group of co-workers and customers
  • Creative and organized thinking skills who enjoys drilling into details
  • Interest and curiosity in a wide array of technical job duties with an environmental focus

As the Urban Forestry Management Analyst, you will:

  • Engage the community with the intent to achieve sustainable, long-term outcomes that meet the needs of our diverse community.  Attend and coordinate meetings with community members, staff, and partners to gather information and provide expertise; participate in committee meetings and forums as needed. Prepare and/or present effective oral and written communications.
  • Practice customer service by answering customer phone calls regarding trees and tree management in Tacoma.  Provide technical support to internal City customers (staff). Assist in administering our public urban forestry incentive programs, including Grit City Trees, Tree Coupons, and other community planting projects.
  • Research and Report on urban forestry policies, programs and strategies in response to internal management, public officials, and the community. Obtain input and present information to assess and communicate the challenges and benefits of urban forestry policies and programs. Coordinate and oversee the production of Urban Forest Management Plan reports.
  • Develop work plans and schedules for programs and projects. Prepare reports evaluating actual progress compared to work plan so that City resources are efficiently allocated and managed.
  • Provide analytical support by coordinating data extraction from various sources. Develop and implement standardized reporting formats. Research, analyze and interpret complex data, develop reports and supporting information.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other systems to capture financial, service and/or quality information, and program and project tracking. Suggest potential alternatives to improve performance, productivity and efficiency, including workflow tracking. Document existing and develop new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and processes, including planning, budget development and monitoring of studies, reports, projects, and programs.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions: 
Office and outdoor environment, occasional travel to a variety of locations to conduct work and may be exposed to typical hazards encountered at such work sites.

Job Requirements

Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter, or evidence of equivalent mobility.
Associates' degree required, Bachelor's degree preferred, and two years analytical, database, spreadsheet and/or financial experience. Two years of public engagement or customer service experience preferred.

 Knowledge & Skills:COMPETENCIES:
Communications Effectiveness
Effective communication -both verbal and written- including the compilation of reports, presentations and records, and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service a high priority, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.
Use data and information in a clear and rational process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Gather, assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication.

Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

Technical Knowledge
Operate personal computer and assigned operating software in support of OEPS's goals.

Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Special Instructions


Additional Information


The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan. 

 The Community:
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.
Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.
Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.
A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.
Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success.  This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. 

This is a competitive selection process.  Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications and related experience.  Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on a Referral List for review and potential interview selection Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background check.

Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment.  Appointment is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or neogov.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend a minimum of one hour entering the required information.  In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.

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