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Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist
Our City Forest

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Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist

Our City Forest

Job Summary

Job Type
Entry-level, Temporary
Job Last Posted
Job posted 16 days ago
Job Role
Tree Planter, Community Outreach
Employer's Industry
Education, Nonprofit

Job Description

RECRUITING NOW Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist for 11-month starting September 8th through July 31st, 2020.  

  • Serve the communities of      Silicon Valley for a year
  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours      per week (7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Tues. - Sat., shifts may vary from 7 AM to 5 PM)
  • 11-month term start date is September 8th receive a $20,000 living stipend and $6,195 education award (education awarded upon completion of the term).

ABOUT OUR CITY FOREST: Our City Forest has been the leading urban forestry non-profit in the San José area since 1994. Our mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth, and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest.  POSITION SUMMARY for 11-month term Our City Forest (OCF) Service Team Members are sponsored in part by the National Service organization, AmeriCorps, and are expected to commit to 1700 hours of service. Team Members will have 2 weeks of all-team training beginning on September 8th. Each Team Member will be assigned to a primary team by the 3rd week but will support other teams when needed throughout the year. The teams are Community Forestry (comprised of Planting, Tree Care, Lawn Busters), or Community Nursery  All members will:  

  • be trained on the best      practices of maintaining a green and healthy urban forest in Silicon Valley,
  • strive to build capacity in the community and maximize volunteer participation in their individual programs, acting as coaches and coordinators,
  • conduct outreach to residents and businesses to educate on best urban forestry practices and the importance of environmental stewardship,
  • provide friendly, professional customer service,
  • actively seek opportunities for greening projects,
  • organize and implement projects.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS PER TEAM Proportion of field-to-office work varies with program and team assignment. Each team will have anywhere between 5-10 members and different roles will be assigned depending on interests, skills, and the team’s needs as decided by the team manager.  Nursery Team responsibilities and tasks (75-95% field, 5-25% office; approx. 10 members)  

  • Propagate and cultivate shrubs, grasses, and trees
  • Transplant various sizes of trees, shrubs, and grasses
  • Learn and execute best watering techniques for the nursery plants
  • Learn and execute best pruning and care techniques for young trees and shrubs in containers
  • Remove invasive species and execute best nursery care practices assigned by Nursery Manager
  • Plan weekly workday projects and lead volunteer groups 3 days a week
  • Provide friendly customer service to community visitors during weekly open hours, answering questions about trees and shrubs
  • Maintain tree and shrub inventory system
  • Recruit, train, and correspond with volunteers of all ages and abilities
  • Database volunteer hours and events
  • Assist team with special community events
  • Organize free community workshops throughout the year

Community Forestry Team responsibilities and tasks (50-85% field, 15-50% office; approx. 25 members divided into sub-teams)

Participate in fieldwork necessary for project preparation, and project day execution for the following sub-teams:

Planting: Work outside with team and volunteers at least once a week planting trees in neighborhoods, schools, and parks

Tree Care: Work outside watering and maintaining newly planted trees

Lawn Busters: Work outside with team on lawn conversion projects, which include trenching, sheet mulching, irrigation, and plant installation

Intake: 50% in the office, 50% in the field; predominantly customer service-oriented position; organize planting projects, call and email qualified residents, go on-site visits, work with city permit office, some landscape design for lawn conversion projects

  • Educate residents on best water-wise landscaping and planting practices
  • Correspond and schedule appointments with community members about their planting; plan logistics and enter data for each tree planting project 
  • Assist residents with tree planting and maintenance needs; provide excellent and professional customer service to accommodate their requests
  • Conduct classroom and/or community presentations and/or represent Our City Forest at various events
  • Conduct grassroots community outreach and organizing such as neighborhood door-knocking and calling schools and churches to advertise services
  • Recruit, train, and correspond with volunteers of all ages and abilities
  • Database volunteer hours and events
  • Communications & Outreach Team responsibilities and tasks (15-25% field, 75-85% office; approx. 5 members)
  • Oversee volunteer program and support each team’s volunteer coordinator
  • Create and maintain relationships with dedicated volunteers called Tree Amigos
  • Recruit new Tree Amigos and work with Volunteer Program Manager to prepare educational training courses throughout the year.
  • Sign up, manage tracker, and attend community outreach events; represent Our City Forest at various community outreach events and educate the public on OCF’s mission
  • Oversee outreach materials stocks and needs
  • Design flyers and brochures depending on program needs
  • Assist with the management of the Our City Forest website
  • Strategize and execute outreach techniques for promoting events, recruiting volunteers, and increasing community interest in our programs/services (i.e. through flyering, social media, newsletters, and/or community meetings)
  • Complete office tasks such as phone and email correspondence with volunteers and community partners, scheduling appointments or events, and planning logistics
  • Conduct classroom and community presentations, educating on urban forestry and services Our City Forest provides
  • Plan, implement and assist teams in various projects depending on each program’s needs


  • U.S. Citizen or legal resident, with a high school diploma or equivalent, minimum age: 18
  • Interest in affecting change through community organizing
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  • Must be available to work full time, 7:30am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday (shifts may start earlier,      depending on team’s needs)
  • Must be able to commit through      end of service term


  • Strong written & oral communication skills
  • College degree is highly desirable
  • Vietnamese and Spanish speakers interested in reaching out to the communities of San José
  • Local, Bay Area residents are preferred but all are welcome to apply (Note: we do not provide housing)
  • Valid driver’s license. Proficient in driving manual transmission and towing small trailers
  • Current Commercial driver’s license (to drive Tree Mobile for community events)
  • Familiar with ornamental and native tree and shrub species identification
  • Knowledge or experience working with irrigation
  • Experience with landscape design and/or landscaping
  • FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe CS, Sketch Up software knowledge
  • Graphic design, app development, programming, or website maintenance experience


experience Our City Forest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Our City Forest complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. AmeriCorps members at Our City Forest have a right to reasonable accommodations for any disability. If a member has a mental or physical disability or medical condition and needs accommodation made at his/her service site in order to perform the assigned responsibilities, the member should let the Host Agency AmeriCorps Program Manager know.  

Business Overview

Our Story

Since 1994, Our City Forest has been the leading
nonprofit in Silicon Valley for urban forestry
and environmental education.

We believe in the POWER OF TREES to transform homes, communities and cities.

We believe in the POWER OF PEOPLE to help us achieve this needed transformation. 

Why Work With Us?

Our City Forest AmeriCorps service members get things done in the community and they are critical to our success as an organization. Our AmeriCorps members make a positive impact on the people and communities we serve.

Team Size

11-50 team members


Culture & Perks

Paid Time Off
Parking Provided
Team Events
Community Oriented
Mission Driven
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