City of De Pere

Job Description
Whether you are joining our team for three years or twenty, you will have the opportunity to grow your career with us! Our employees are offered the opportunity to enhance their skill set by attending training courses, working on special projects, and becoming a member of one of our many City Teams.

De Pere, consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Wisconsin, is a safe, warm, and friendly community located right along the Fox River less than ten minutes from Green Bay and 25 minutes from Appleton and the Fox Valley. De Pere is an integral part of the Green Bay metro area, which was ranked as the #1 place to live in the United States for 2023. As an employer, the City of De Pere is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community. The City of De Pere provides an engaging work environment focused on collaboration and team building. De Pere strives to attract, develop, and retain diverse talent by promoting a diversity of thought, valuing differing perspectives, and empowering employees to share their authentic viewpoints at all levels and functions within the City.

The City of De Pere is seeking an Arborist. This position will maintain and prune the City’s urban forest in parks and City owned property. The Arborist, under moderate supervision from the Forestry Supervisor, will prune, plant, climb, remove and diagnose tree problems. In addition, the Arborist will safely operate various equipment and vehicles including a chipper and aerial lift truck, all with the purpose of maintaining a healthy urban forest. 

The typical work schedule is Monday - Thursday, 6:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. However, the City of De Pere recognizes the importance of its employees having a proper work-life balance and supports alternative work arrangements which include alternative work schedules, flexible scheduling, and remote work to help meet your lifestyle needs. In addition, new employees receive three weeks of vacation time per year beginning on the first day of work (prorated the first year).


  • Associate Degree in Forestry, Arboriculture, or related field.
  • Minimum of two to three years related experience.
  • Arborist Certification by the International Society of Arboriculture preferred, or the ability to obtain within one year of employment.
  • Experience working safely in high places, and general laborer work.
  • Prior experience in the operation of light equipment.
  • Valid unencumbered Wisconsin Class "B" Commercial Driver's License, with air brake restriction lifted and safe driving record.
  • Ability to obtain "N" (tank vehicle) endorsement within six months of hire.
A combination of education and experience may be considered.


Salary/Salary Range
The full salary range for this position is $28.34 - $40.49 per hour. Anticipated starting salary is $28.34 - $34.01, depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefits package. The City of De Pere rewards employees for exceptional work performance with a pay for performance incentive program. Employees may be awarded a salary increase, bonus, or paid time off for exceptional work performance. Employees will be automatically enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), a pension plan to help provide for financial security during retirement, which consists of employer and employee contributions.

Apply To
Apply online. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and a formal review of all applications will start on approximately April 29, 2024. This announcement will remain posted, and we will continue to accept applications until the City reaches an agreement with one finalist.

Closing Date
June 8, 2024

Date Posted
April 11, 2024