Make a difference in your community.



Make a difference in your community.


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


RECRUITING NOW for 6-month positions AND 11-month positions.

  • Serve the communities of Silicon Valley for a year

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

  • 6-month term (begins in January & March 2017); receive a $7,500 living stipend and $2,907.50 education award (awarded upon completion of term).

  • 11-month term (begins in September 2017); receive a $15,000 living stipend and $5,815 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 5-10 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)

  • 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


INTERESTED? Please submit an application by clicking the link below. You will need to upload your resume, a cover letter, and 3 references.