Urban Forestry Crew Supervisor

Western Reserve Land Conservancy has an immediate opening for an Urban Forestry Crew Supervisor. This is a seasonal position lasting from approximately April 15, 2019 through October, 31, 2019 and is located at our Thriving Communities office in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.



Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of northeast Ohio with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, Ohio, we are the largest land conservancy in Ohio, employing over 40 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now conserved more than 56,000 acres of natural area and working farms in 23 Ohio counties. Thriving Communities, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight; creating land banks to find productive uses for vacant properties; and revitalizing communities through greening strategies. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants, and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.



Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Student Conservation Association, a national non-profit, are partnering to implement reforestation projects on various urban sites to significantly reduce storm water runoff, improve water quality, and increase the urban tree canopy in the city of Cleveland. Working with various corporate partners, these two organizations will conduct reforestation and maintenance activities on sites that provide the most benefits for storm water management and improved tree canopy coverage. Approximately 500 trees will be strategically planted throughout Cleveland in 2019 where the benefits of trees will be maximized. In addition to planting, watering and maintenance of trees planted earlier in previous years will also take place.

The Urban Forestry Crew Supervisor is responsible for providing technical maintenance, support and oversight to urban forestry projects and supervision of Student Conservation Association members.  This position provides support to the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources team to help facilitate many of the activities required for implementing targeted projects.



  • Perform safe and efficient daily field operations by leading and working alongside a tree planting and maintenance crew consisting of two Student Conservation Association members, which includes keeping the crew on schedule, enforcing safety compliance, and training
  • Coordinate and manage tree planting projects and maintenance including planting, watering, pruning and mulching
  • Follow planting plans, designs, schedules, and instructions
  • Work safely and efficiently using OSHA safety standards and ANSI guidelines for the purpose of planting trees and associated tasks
  • Planting activities can include digging of holes for trees of various sizes, plus movement and staging of trees ranging from 3-gallon containers up to 300-pound, balled-in-burlap varieties
  • Inspect plant material and trees upon arrival for any unacceptable disease or damage
  • Make in-the-field decisions to protect trees and keep staff and the public safe by factoring in all site conditions and variables
  • Perform field tasks to protect tree installations such as, but not limited to, laying mulch, straw, and/or seed, minor re-grading, removing old root balls, staking trees, pruning, and watering
  • Perform other landscaping duties as needed including, but not limited to, equipment maintenance, planting native shrubs, grasses, and perennials, invasive removal, and tree pruning.



  • Coursework and/or work experience in forestry, urban forestry, natural resources or conservation
  • Experience working on land management and restoration activities
  • Comfortable working in diverse socio-economic conditions
  • Experience managing volunteers and volunteer projects
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Working occasional nights and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Capable of driving a pick-up truck with large trailers
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and work outdoors in all weather conditions and terrain



Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter by Wednesday, April 3 to Bob Kissling, Director of Human Resources, at 


Western Reserve Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to hiring staff members who represent the rich diversity of our community. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and not be discriminated against based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in the State of Ohio. 

To apply for this job email your details to rkissling@wrlandconservancy.org