Positions Held

Owner, Rebecca Latta Consulting, Glendora, California (2002-present):
Arboricultural, biological water management and horticultural services for municipal, utility and residential clients.

Arborist, Noreas Incorporated. Irvine, California. (2014):
Contract arborist and biologist for an environmental engineering and science consulting firm providing, biological survey, mitigation monitoring services to Edison International.

Senior Arborist, Forde Biological Consultants Inc. Camarillo, California. (2010-2013):
Arborist and biologist for a small environmental consulting firm providing resource inventory and monitoring services. Responsible to manage and conduct oak tree surveys and develop reports to satisfy local tree preservation and coastal preservation requirements.

Adjunct Professor, Citrus Community College, Glendora, California. (2010):
Public Works Program (Fall/Winter 2010): Taught Urban and Municipal Tree Care (PW 158) and Urban Forest Management Planning – Toolkit (PW 159).

Senior Arborist, SWCA Environmental Consultants, South Pasadena, California. (2007-2012):
Arborist for environmental consulting company providing natural and cultural resource services. Responsible to promote, manage and provide technical expertise for arboricultural and horticultural projects.

Consulting Arborist, City of Agoura Hills (2002-2007):
Responsible for review of plans and documents for compliance with City of Agoura Hills oak tree, environmental, and landscape ordinances; nursery stock inspections; and field inspections as required. Attended planning commission and community meetings associated with projects. Provided backup to city arborist during emergency windstorm events to assess hazardous trees and prioritize work. Performed oak tree surveys, mitigation monitoring and other arboricultural duties as requested. (Subconsultant to Seven Elk Ranch LLC.)

Urban Forest Supervisor, City of Pasadena, Pasadena, California. (1998-2002):
Responsible for comprehensive management of 57,000 city street trees, tree preservation and planning programs, grant writing, administration and planting implementation. Researched and developed a draft native tree preservation ordinance. Revised contract specifications for tree planting, pruning and removal. Updated urban forestry management plan including revisions to the Master Street Tree Plan through city commissions with required CEQA environmental documentation.

Landscape Conservation Specialist, City of Pasadena Water and Power Department, Pasadena, California (1990-1997):
Designed and implemented landscape water and energy conservation programs for the Pasadena Water and Power Department. Programs included a strategic shade tree planting program (TREE – Trees as a Resource for Energy Efficiency) and irrigation water audits for large landscape areas. Performed feasibility study of reclaimed water use for Pasadena’s largest landscape customers. Duties included partnering with the City Street Tree Division for neighborhood tree plantings and landscape water conservation workshops.