6 Month Full Time Urban Forestry Specialist - AmeriCorps Service Member



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


1590 Las Plumas Ave.
San Jose
United States


 RECRUITING NOW for 6-month positions starting March 27th, 2018

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for 6 months 
  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours per week (Tues. - Sat., 8hr shifts may vary 7am - 5pm)
  • Receive a $8,500 living stipend and $2,907.50 education award (awarded upon completion of 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 6-month termOur City Forest (OCF) Service Team Members are sponsored in part by the National Service organization, AmeriCorps, and are expected to commit to 900 hrs of service. Team Members will have 1 week of all-team training beginning on March 27th. Each Team Member will be assigned to a primary team by the 3rd week, but will support other teams when needed throughout the term. 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 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 garner investment and stewardship pertaining to our mission,
  • 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 work day projects and lead volunteer groups 3 days a week
  • Provide customer service to visitors during weekly open hours
  • Process transactions for tree and plant sales and provide planting and care instructions when needed
  • Maintain tree and shrub inventory system
  • Recruit, train, and correspond with volunteers of all ages and abilities
  • Database volunteer hours and events
  • Plan and organize two annual plant sales
  • Organize community workshops throughout the year

Community Forestry Team responsibilities and tasks (50-85% field, 15-50% office; approx. 30 members divided into sub-teams)

  • Participate in field work 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 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
  • Complete office tasks such as phone and email correspondence, scheduling appointments, planning logistics, and detailed data entry
  • 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


  • 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, 8:30am - 5pm, 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
  • 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)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, Vietnamese, or other language
  • 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


Stipend Provided

Training Provided

Language/Cultural Support Available

How To Apply


TO APPLY: Please fill out a application at www.ourcityforest.org/careers - The application will ask for:

1) Resume 2) Cover letter 3) Three references 4) complete online questionnaire.

Applications must be complete for consideration.

Call 408-998-7337 ext. 127 for more information.