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The mission of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources is to protect, restore, expand and manage New York City’s natural spaces and green infrastructure to maximize their benefits to both ecological function and quality of life. Forestry & Horticulture oversees and coordinates citywide forestry operations and horticulture standards, and coordinates the agency’s green infrastructure collaboration with Department of Environmental Protection. The division is also responsible for executing TreesCount! 2015, the third citywide street tree census since 1995 and will engage citizens to map street trees through neighborhood-based participatory events. Data collected will further the understanding of the urban forest and inform urban forest planning efforts.

• Under supervision with considerable latitude for independent initiative and judgment, supervise and provide project management oversight for a team of GIS and information management specialists to maintain and develop the division’s GIS mapping efforts, operational databases and data.
• Supervise ongoing data and GIS tasks to successfully complete the 2015 Street Tree Census, including the QA of volunteer collected data and the integration of that data into the Forestry Management System (ForMS) 2.0. Support and continue to expand functionality for existing applications such as the Forestry Management System (ForMS), and other systems that support the division’s work.
• Scope, plan and project manage the implementation of data and GIS projects as required, in collaboration with Parks Information Technology (IT).
• Develop spatial and non-spatial databases and data collection tools to support the division’s information needs.
• Implement the storage, organization, and maintenance of data relevant to urban forestry, horticulture and green infrastructure.
• Maintain and update existing data to ensure data accuracy. Define, implement and enforce data quality standards and data completeness.
• Manage the preparation of data summaries and reports, analyses and maps for stakeholders and the general public. Ensure proper documentation of analytical and data management methodologies. Advise on the use of data and GIS to support planning and operations. Scope and prioritize projects in accordance with division goals and to support operational needs.
• Develop and implement standards for use of GIS and managing GIS projects and training staff in the use of GIS. Work with division staff to provide training and presentations on new data and information systems as needed to ensure their proper use and maintain data quality. Expand technical proficiency of staff and end users. Manage technical staff to provide support to non-specialist GIS and information systems users.

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college including or supplemented by 24 semester credits in computer science or a related computer field and one year of satisfactory full-time computer software experience in computer systems development and analysis, applications programming, database administration, systems programming or data communications; or
2. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and five years of satisfactory full-time computer software experience as described in “1” above; or
3. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” above. College education may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience in “2” above on the basis that 60 semester credits from an accredited college is equated to one year of experience. In addition, 24 semester credits from an accredited college or graduate school in computer science or a related field, or a certificate of at least 625 hours in computer programming from an accredited technical school (post high school), may be substituted for one year of experience. However, all candidates must have at least a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and at least one year of satisfactory full-time experience as described in “1” above.
This position is exempt from NYC residency requirements.

1. Education and/or experience in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, environmental sciences, ecology, forestry and/or other related disciplines such as horticulture, landscape architecture or city planning.
2. Extensive experience using GIS software specifically ESRI ArcGIS suite, ArcGIS APIs, geoprocessing tools, and related computer systems (hardware and software), in particular ArcGIS Server/ArcGIS Online and experience with web applications.
3. Strong, demonstrated knowledge of MS Access and VBA. Familiarity with SQL, SQL Server, .NET and Python.
4. Demonstrated project management ability and strong familiarity with project management principles. Supervisory experience with technical staff.
5. Strong communication skills, in particular project scoping as well as process documentation and sharing knowledge. Experience effectively prioritizing
and balancing multiple projects and requests.
6. Driver license valid in New York State.

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2) Search for Job ID#: 197918
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