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Make a difference in your community.



Make a difference in your community.

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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 11-month positions beginning this fall.

  • 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 in September 2017); receive a $17,000 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 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.

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 hrs of service. Team Members will have 2 weeks of all-team training beginning on September 12th. 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 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.



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 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 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 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 (ie. 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, 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.

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Job Openings for Staff Positions


Job Openings for Staff Positions


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 and frequent field work.  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, as well as 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.

Organization Overview: Our City Forest (OCF) is a nonprofit urban forestry organization serving the San José area. It provides a broad range of public services such as free shade trees, planting assistance, tree care, educational materials, volunteer training and school programs. OCF seeks welcoming, positive, earth-friendly employees who enjoy working with people and are enthusiastic about community involvement. Visit www.ourcityforest.org for more information about the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage, train, and mentor 4 to 6 AmeriCorps service members in tree care and related tasks

  • Manage volunteer recruitment and engagement for tree care programs

  • Develop work plans related to grant goals and objectives

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

  • Oversee customer service with maintenance and assistance requests

  • Attain high response rates for tree steward surveys and oversee collection and analyses of survey data

  • Oversee tree health inspections for OCF-planted trees

  • Oversee tree installation assessments for resident-led plantings

  • Coordinate with agencies to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations

  • Ensure adherence to strict safety standards and best arboricultural practices

  • Ensure quality control of program-related data management systems

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

  • Meet with agencies and community groups to develop project opportunities

  • Oversee and advise on project logistics and conducts site assessments

  • Conduct presentations to community groups regarding OCF services


Required Qualifications:

  • Successful management experience with volunteers or staff

  • Project management experience

  • Experience and strong desire to work with diverse groups of volunteers and communities on a grassroots level

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Valid Driver's License with good DMV record

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

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in common Bay Area languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, etc.)

  • ISA Certified Arborist or has enough experience to become certified within 6 months 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/community engagement/public policy

  • California Bay Area local or native, or plans to move to the region soon


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


Pay: $48,000 per year or higher, based on experience and certifications, if any.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, as well as 15 days time off per year.


Start Date: Applications taken until position is filled.


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

Loren Klick, Director of Urban Forestry, Our City Forest