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RECRUITING NOW Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist for 11-month starting September 7, 2021, through August 6, 2022.

  • 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 7 AM to 5 PM)
  • 11-month term start date is September 7th, 2021; receive a $20,000 living stipend and $10,000 in education awards (a combination of both the Segal, $6,345, and California For All, $3,655, education awards) 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 two weeks of all-team training beginning on September 7th. Each Team Member will be assigned to a primary team by the 3rd week but will support other groups when needed throughout the year. The teams are Community Forestry (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 the 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

The 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 implement best pruning and care techniques for young trees and shrubs in containers
  • Remove invasive species and implement best nursery care practices assigned by Nursery Manager
  • Plan weekly workday projects and lead volunteer groups three 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. 18 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

Communications & Outreach Team responsibilities and tasks

(15-25% field, 75-85% office; approx. 2 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

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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, 7:30 am - 4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday (shifts may start earlier, depending on team’s needs)
  • Must be able to commit through the end of the service term

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong written & oral communication skills
  • A 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 a 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

 

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, college, 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.

RECRUITING NOW Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist for 11-month starting September 7, 2021, through August 6, 2022.

  • 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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    September 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 15, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

$20,000 - $35,000AmeriCorps services members receive a $20,000 living stipend for their service. But receive other benefits

Benefits

$1,600-$1,700 (before taxes) monthly living stipend

$10,000 education award upon completion of the term

Health care benefits

Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

Childcare assistance (if eligible)

$1,600-$1,700 (before taxes) monthly living stipend

$10,000 education award upon completion of the term

Health care benefits

Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

Childcare…

Location

On-site
646 N King Rd, San Jose, CA 95133, USA

How to Apply

Priority Application Deadline: June 15, 2021.

Start Date: September 7, 2021

Website: ourcityforest.org

Email: americorps@ourcityforest.org

Instructions:

Priority Application Deadline: June 15, 2021.

Start Date: September 7, 2021

Website: ourcityforest.org

Email: americorps@ourcityforest.org

Instructions:

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