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Agricultural Specialist IV


The Virginia State University, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Department, seeks a qualified candidate to provide leadership for the university and community-based urban forestry stewardship program.

The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Urban Forestry Program assists both localities and citizens in making science-based decisions about tree care and urban forest stewardship. The Urban Forestry Program advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Because urban and community forestry is multi-disciplinary, the program relies on partnerships and expertise throughout Extension and across the Commonwealth.

Job Description 

The Urban Forester Extension Associate engages in integrated urban forest management and education through the care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. The Urban Forester Extension Associate is responsible for providing impact-driven, research-based extension and educational programs for a diverse group including adult and youth citizens, municipalities, organizations, and other stakeholders in Virginia. Extension Associates are responsible for engaging in professional activities related to research in their disciplines, effective teaching, and significant service to the University, profession, students and the community.

The incumbent in this role will provide day-to-day leadership concerning urban forest environments, will work with faculty and Extension staff to design and implement scientific research projects related to management of trees and tree habitats in urban and suburban spaces, and will coordinate and implement educational programs about arboriculture and urban forestry; will provide consultation for the management of public and private urban forested areas for economic, recreation, conservation and ecological purposes as needed or requested; will seek out and prepare proposals for program funding as needed; and will be responsible for the maintenance of program participation records and related statistical information for program evaluation purposes.


Considerable knowledge of arboricultural practices and techniques.

Considerable knowledge and understanding of urban forest issues and policies in the Mid-Atlantic.

Demonstrated ability to design and implement research projects.

Demonstrated ability to provide consultation for the management of public and private urban forested areas for economic, recreation, conservation and ecological purposes.

Experience in extension-related work or public contact including formal or non-formal teaching experience.
Acceptable verbal and written communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate difficult concepts to diverse members of an audience.

Demonstrated ability to implement and manage multiple projects simultaneously and self-motivated with an ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

Workable skills in the use of information technology and/or social media and its appropriate and effective use in the development and delivery of educational programs.

The successful candidate must be committed to working with a diverse clientele, and demonstrate some experience working with such audiences.

Please note that you must attach two additional pages in response to questions in the Special Requirements section of the application.


Graduate Degree in Horticulture or related discipline.  An equivalent combination of training and experience indicating possession of the preceding knowledge and abilities may substitute for a graduate degree.  Certified Arborist. Past experience working as an urban forester. Some experience preparing proposals for program funding.

Special requirements for applicants

Please attach a one page document that lists and briefly explains several of the current issues and/or policies regarding urban forest in the Mid-Atlantic region or in your area of the country.

Please attach a second one page document that describes your past experience implementing and managing several projects simultaneously either individually or as a part of a team.

For the attachments described above, place your name at the top of each of the two pages. These pages MUST be scanned into your application AS ONE DOCUMENT and must be attached at the time that you attach your resume and cover letter.

If chosen as a finalist for this position, candidates will be required to successfully present a mini-seminar on Urban Forestry to the selection committee and the Extension staff at VSU.

Special Instructions to applicants

Virginia State University will only accept applications through the online Recruitment Management System (RMS) at

Resume or statements such as “see resume” will not be accepted as a substitute for a completed application. Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications will not be accepted.

A cover letter and current resume is required. The letter must speak to, at a minimum, the candidate’s history and experience in developing and implementing urban forestry programs.

Include complete contact information for the three professional references that the application requires. Reference checks will be performed for the finalist prior to employment.

Your name and the position number (#01029) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted.

Please do not submit official transcripts. Transcripts may be requested from the finalist for the position.

The selected candidate will have an extensive and complete background check, which may include fingerprinting.


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