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Do you hold a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture, Forestry, Dendrology, Arboriculture, or Landscape Architecture? Chatham County Government has an opening for Arborist and encourages you to apply.

Examples of Duties

Under the supervision of the Lead Arborist, you will administer and enforce the County Tree Ordinance for residential and/or commercial development. You will assist with reviewing site development plans for compliance with state and county ordinances regarding land disturbance, trees, buffers, landscapes, and soil erosion control. You will perform enforcement measures when necessary. You will inspect the planting of trees, landscapes, buffers, grading finished lots, and instill water quality best management practices. You will confirm that land disturbance activities meet the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance and the Land Disturbing Activities Ordinance. You will assist with planning and directing tree pruning, removal, and maintenance activities on County-owned properties. You will advise engineers, architects, other professionals, and the public on professional tree care, maintenance, and urban forestry issues. You will perform site inspections for developments before approving final acceptance. Other duties may be assigned.


Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture, Forestry, Dendrology, Arboriculture, Landscape Architecture, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Experience in site inspection, code enforcement, landscape design, or tree care is desirable. You must possess or be able to obtain within 6 months the ISA Certified Arborist designation from the Arborist Certification Board of the International Society of Arboriculture and obtain a Level 1B red card for Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspections. You must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.  

$49,041- 78,466

Full-time employees working a regular schedule of 30 or more hours per week are eligible for County benefits.  Part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees do not participate in the County benefit plan.  However, regular part-time employees accrue prorated vacation and sick leave based on their schedule. 


HEALTH – Employees have a choice of a high or low option point of service health plan for themselves, their spouse, and eligible dependent children.

VISION – The vision plan offers a comprehensive eye exam and options for frames, lenses, and contact lenses.

DENTAL – Employees may choose either the high or low dental plan option with two cleanings per year and periodic x-rays at no cost. 

EMPLOYEE HEALTH CENTER – Employees and their spouses on the County’s health plan have access to the Employee Health Center for physical and behavioral health services, health coaching, and lab services at no cost. 

RETIREMENT - Chatham County provides a Defined Benefit Pension Plan with a five-year vesting period. 

LIFE & DISABILITY - Long Term Disability and basic Life Insurance coverage are provided at no cost to employees.  Employees may also purchase additional life coverage for themselves and their dependent family members.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS - Chatham County offers Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts through payroll deduction. The Medical FSA has a rollover feature equal to the annual Federal maximum.

WELLNESS PROGRAM – Chatham County provides a variety of wellness opportunities for employees, including a Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes Management Program, Mobile Mammograms, Health Screenings, Flu Shots, Dietician Services, weight loss programs, reimbursements for gym memberships and participation in local races, education sessions, and more.

VOLUNTARY BENEFITS – Employees may choose voluntary benefits such as Accident, Cancer, Short-Term Disability, and Whole Life Insurance products.

HOLIDAYS AND TIME OFF – Chatham County observes 12 paid holidays per year.  Employees accrue 12 vacation days per year, with the accrual rate increasing with years of service, and 15 sick days per year.

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