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Make a difference in your community.



Make a difference in your community.


Now Hiring For:

Tree Care and Stewardship Program Manager


AmeriCorps positions

Service-oriented people needed to help the urban forest grow


AmeriCorps positions

Service-oriented people needed to help the urban forest grow

Urban Forestry & Outreach Specialists


NOW HIRING for enthusiastic and service-oriented team members

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for a year

  • Full-time commitment: 40 hours per week (Tues. - Sat., shifts may vary)

  • 11-month term begins October 4; receive a $15,000 living stipend and $5,775 education award (awarded upon completion of term).



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.



Our City Forest (OCF) Service Team Members are sponsored in part by the National Service organization, AmeriCorps, and are expected to commit to 1700 hrs of service. Team Members will have 2 weeks of all-team training beginning on September 13th. 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), Community Nursery, or Communications/Outreach. All members will:

  • be trained on the best practices of maintaining a green and healthy urban forest in the Silicon Valley,

  • strive to 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.



Proportion of field-to-office work varies with program and team assignment. Each team will have anywhere between 5-30 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)

  • 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

  • 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 advertize 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 plan educational training course

  • Sign up, manage tracker, and attend community outreach events

  • 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 (ie. through flyering, social media, newsletters, and/or community meetings)

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

  • Conduct classroom and community presentations

  • Represent Our City Forest at various community outreach events and educate the public on OCF’s mission

  • Plan, implement and assist 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, 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



  • Complete Online Questionnaire

  • Attach Cover Letter

  • Attach Resume and include three professional references

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Job Openings for Staff Positions

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Job Openings for Staff Positions

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Employment Opportunity: Tree Care and Stewardship Program Manager


Job Title & Description: The Tree Care and Stewardship Program Manager oversees the development and implementation of several community tree care projects each week, including daily management of AmeriCorps service members.  The Program Manager will correspond with City staff and the public on a regular basis.  The Program Manager will need to be able to engage, direct, and coach, service members and volunteers, and serve a diverse public. While a certified arborist would be a strong candidate for this position, others who meet the required qualifications listed below are welcome to apply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manages, trains, and mentors 6 to 8 AmeriCorps service members in tree care and related tasks

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and engagement for tree care programs, particularly watering

  • Develop work plans related to grant goals and objectives

  • Oversees tree care, tree inventory, and tree steward support programs

  • Oversee customer service with maintenance requests and requests for technical assistance

  • Achieve high response rate for tree steward surveys and oversee collection and analyses of survey data for internal and external reports

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and engagement for tree care programs, particularly watering

  • Oversee tree health inspections for OCF-planted trees

  • Oversee tree installation assessments for unsupervised resident plantings

  • Coordinate with responsible agencies to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations

  • Ensures adherence to strict standards and best arboricultural practices, as well as safety

  • Ensures quality control of related data management systems

  • Prepares periodic reports for the above programs and activities for grant tracking

  • Meets with agency and community groups to develop project opportunities

  • Oversees and advises on organizational project logistics and conducts field site assessments as needed

  • Conduct presentations to community groups regarding OCF services


Required Qualifications:

  • Successful management experience with volunteers or staff

  • Some project management experience

  • Experience and strong desire to work with volunteers and community on a grassroots level

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Valid CA Driver's License with good DMV record

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and physically demonstrate tree care tasks

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English & Spanish or English & Vietnamese

  • ISA Certified Arborist or experience to become certified within 1 year of hire

  • Training and/or experience in tree identification, growth, installation and establishment

  • Non-profit experience

  • 4-year degree related to urban forestry/horticulture/ecology

Hours: Full time 40 hrs/week, Tuesday - Saturday

Pay: Negotiable based on experience and arborist certification, if any.

Start Date: Applications taken until position is filled

Please e-mail resume with cover letter to: loren@ourcityforest.org

Loren Klick, Program Director, Our City Forest