TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that mobilizes individuals, families, communities, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by providing education on the benefits of planting trees, capturing rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. TreePeople unites with communities to grow a greener, shadier, and more water-secure region at homes, neighborhoods, schools, and local mountains.
The Community Forestry Manager will oversee the implementation of projects that significantly expand tree canopy in the San Gabriel Valley area. The project will partner with community volunteers to plant and care for more than 4,000 trees and will also distribute more than 2,000 trees to the community to plant at their homes.
The Community Forestry Manager will lead development and city approval of planting plans, sourcing of tree stock, organization and execution of volunteer tree planting, care and distribution events, and ongoing staff tree care. The position will help to engage and inspire community members regarding the important benefits of tree canopy expansion, growing public support for the project and a base of community volunteers. The position must also ensure accurate tracking and reporting of key metrics, including tees planted, distributed, and cared for. The Community Forestry Manager will supervise a team of urban forestry positions and will also be supported by administrative and communications staff and a community organizer.
- Develop, implement, evaluate, and expand programs to ensure a healthy, functioning urban forest and increase tree canopy coverage in high-need areas by organizing and engaging communities in fun and meaningful tree plantings, tree care, residential tree distributions, and community greening projects.
- Recruit, train, supervise, and support community volunteers on tree plantings, tree care, and community greening projects.
- Train and supervise TreePeople’s San Gabriel Valley Community Forestry team, and play a leading role in their hiring process.
- Develop and maintain partnerships with local community-based organizations, elected officials, public agencies, businesses, and other community stakeholders to expand TreePeople’s social and environmental impact.
- Conduct site assessments and develop detailed planting plans that include species and locations.
- Develop and implement project work plans, including event scheduling, dig alert, tree sourcing, and inspection.
- Organize, support, and lead community workshops and volunteer-led events, evaluate future opportunities, and attend site visits.
- Manage and maintain vehicle, supply, and equipment inventories.
- Gather monitor and track data on tree plantings for reporting requirements and to ensure the successful implementation of tree maintenance plans.
- Support contract and funder reporting requirements, including documentation and presentation of project deliverables, including photos and sign-in sheets, preparation of narrative summaries, and greenhouse gas calculations.
- Conduct community engagement and draft outreach and educational materials to grow interest in volunteer event opportunities, urban tree canopy expansion, and community-led tree care.
- Participate and represent TreePeople at meetings, fundraising, marketing, membership, and volunteer events.
- Assist with TreePeople’s policy and research and public education initiatives, including but not limited to climate and water resilience, urban heat island mitigation, urban cooling, urban forestry management plans, and equity.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong foundation of urban forestry principles and best practices, including experience planting and caring for street trees.
- Experience with staff supervision, project management, and community organizing.
- Solid computer skills, including email, document, and spreadsheet basics.
- Highly organized, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive, and a quick learner.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills: engaging, listening, negotiating, public speaking, and writing.
- Strong leadership, team-building, and problem-solving skills.
- Familiarity with local climate and water resilience and environmental issues impacting diverse communities throughout Southern California.
- Direct experience with the community of San Gabriel Valley is preferred.
- Spanish fluency is preferred.
- ISA Certified Arborist designation preferred.
- ArcGIS familiarity preferred.
Physical Job Requirements
- Work demands physical energy, twisting, safe heavy lifting ability, and hand-to-eye coordination.
- Uses machines, equipment, and work tools including but not limited to shovels, breaker bars, rakes, brooms, general hand tools, lift gates, water tanks, blowers, augers.
- Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
- Must be able to load and unload 15-gallon trees from a stakebed truck.
- Must be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day.
- Must be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, i.e., rain, heat, sun, cold.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.