Mountain Forestry Deputy Director


TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We seek an energetic, passionate Mountain Forestry Deputy Director to oversee activities and staff related to our restoration and reforestation programs in the Los Angeles neighboring ranges of mountains and wildland areas.


  • Oversee the life cycle of various programs of restoration, reforestation and research activities in LA’s wildland areas to meet TreePeople's goals and grant deliverables, schedules and budgets.
  • Create project management tools to provide visibility and planning capability for the Finance Department and Leadership.
  • Develop relationships with funders, partners and stakeholders to further expand the impact of Mountain Forestry.
  • Assist in identifying new project ideas, grant writing and budgeting for Mountain Forestry.
  • Work with the development team to help identify additional sources of funding.
  • Oversee the expansion of trainings and workshops offered to Mountain Forestry Volunteers.
  • Direct program managers and staff, in areas of recruitment, hiring, discipline training, orientation, and ongoing personal growth and skills improvement opportunities of staff in partnership with the Director of Human Resources. Conduct annual performance reviews and goal setting with program teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Advanced degree in Ecology, Ecosystem Management and Restoration or similar fields of study.
  • 7 years’ experience in project management focused on ecosystem restoration, forestry, or invasive species management.
  • Extensive knowledge of local ecosystems and habitat restoration principles.
  • Proven management skills in leadership, communication, decision-making, delegation and problem-solving.
  • High degree of confidentiality and the ability to use good judgment and discretion in handling confidential and/or sensitive information and materials.
  • Contribute to building positive team spirit and recognize accomplishments of team members; notice tasks that need to be done, ask for and offer help when needed.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and the flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and workflow.
  • Skills in public speaking and public engagement.
  • Available to work Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers strongly preferred.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and strong time-management is a must; ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a part of the TreePeople team.
  • Must hold a valid California driver's license, show proof of insurance, and clear an employment background check.
  • Able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Able to work outside, in various climates (cold and warm) and elevations, for hours at a time at events, which may include includes physically digging holes, lifting equipment and planting trees, among other activities. 

TreePeople is an equal opportunity employer.