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The Arborist is a full-time, new position with The Trust for Governors Island (Trust) providing care and maintenance of the urban forest on Governors Island. The Arborist will be responsible for all aspects of monitoring and managing the diverse collection of trees and for developing, implementing, and supervising all arboricultural work on the Island. This position requires superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced environment. The Arborist will report to The Trust’s Director of Horticulture.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to with “Arborist” in the subject line. No phone calls please. The Trust for Governors Island does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.

The Trust for Governors Island (“The Trust”) is a nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York. It is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to transform Governors Island into a vibrant resource for New York City, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit and commercial facilities.

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor nestled between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Eight minutes from the energy and excitement of the City, the Island is a popular seasonal destination. An award-winning new park is complemented by dozens of unique historic buildings, environmental educational facilities, a rich arts and culture program and a 22-acre National Monument managed by the National Park Service. Unlike anywhere else in New York, Governors Island offers peaceful settings with sweeping views of the Harbor, Lower Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Looking ahead, the Island will be activated year-round as a sustainable campus for learning and entrepreneurship, with plans for expanded commercial and non-profit uses in its future.

In 2020, Governors Island is expected to be open to the public every day from May 1-October 31. Island operations continue year-round, with a public high school, artist residency program and new commercial tenancies. For more information, visit


  • Work with the Director of Horticulture to develop, implement and maintain tree care best practices, an inspection program, and a management plan specific to Governors Island.
  • Lead a team of horticulturists, volunteers, and contracted arborists in inventorying and accessioning more than 4,200 trees Island-wide.
  • Inspect trees for hazardous conditions and insect, pest and disease issues. Prioritize and plan resolutions.
  • Develop and manage a tree succession plan for the Island, including the procurement and implementation of replacement trees as needed.
  • Plant and maintain new trees using sound arboriculture methods.
  • Safely operate arbor care-specific tools and equipment, including but not limited to aerial lifts, chainsaws, chipper/shredder, pruners, handsaws, and other special equipment. Inventory and maintain all equipment to keep in good working order.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to horticulture and landscaping staff around tree care and safety standards.
  • Have familiarity with and experience implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.
  • Participate in Island-wide seasonal clean-up activities.
  • Work as part of a team on the creation and management of a database to document plant information, growth data and pest and disease issues.
  • Gather information to support the creation of public-facing communications.
  • Manage volunteers and seasonal gardeners.
  • Communicate with the Operations team regarding park infrastructure, cleanliness, zone usage and programming.
  • Actively promote and contribute to the Island’s sustainability initiatives, including coordination with on-Island program partners.
  • Act as an ambassador for Governors Island, answering questions from visitors, including horticulture, park design, history and general information.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Three or more years of tree care experience, preferably in urban public spaces.
  • Degree or certification in professional arboriculture program is preferred.
  • ISA Certified Arborist and TRAQ qualified.
  • NYS Pesticide Technician, or ability to obtain license within six months of hire date.
  • Certified Aerial Boom and Scissor Lift Operator, or ability to obtain certification within six months of hire date.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Position requires the employee to perform physical labor (climbing, lifting, bending, squatting, etc.) in all weather conditions.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • High level of personal accountability, self-organization, autonomy and discipline.
  • Ability to work with people at all levels with an open and engaging personality.
  • Ability to be flexible and make sound professional judgments.
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays, as needed.
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs and data collection for database.
  • Driver’s license.

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The Trust for Governors Island
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