Landscape Program Manager


NOW HIRING! Landscape Program Manager 

We have (2) openings for a Landscape Project Manager to schedule and direct personnel and resources toward providing quality, community-based landscaping services to clients, focusing on turf-conversion projects (install and maintain) primarily for low-income residents. This position also supports the Intake Program Manager in estimating and budgeting as needed, along with providing project support for other field programs within the organization.

Specific Responsibilities:

      Understand client needs via regular communication with Intake Program Manager;

      Ensure that job site quality and appearance meet client and Our City Forest standards;

      Manage all landscape services, including the coordination of all materials, people, equipment, and subcontractors required to produce quality work;

      Inspect properties prior to scheduled service in order to properly prepare specific action plan for service. Adjust schedule as needed;

      Monitor irrigation systems, identify problems or necessary repairs, and communicate recommendations to the appropriate party;

      Monitor all aspects of the landscape, while identifying and troubleshooting plant health problems;

      As necessary, perform hands-on work with crews to meet work and scheduling demands;

      Implement and enforce OCF policies and procedures related to proper upkeep and maintenance, storage, use, and training required for tools and equipment;

      Work with other Managers to identify staffing needs, prepare daily crew schedules;

      Hands-on training and support of crew personnel and volunteers, including proper operation of equipment, planting and pruning techniques, safety, and quality standards;

      Minimize accidents to personnel and equipment; conduct weekly safety tailgate meetings;

      Maintain and manage all required administrative systems including time sheets, schedules, and executed vs. budgeted performance reports;

      Order materials as needed and monitor costs and deliveries;

      Assist with design and implementation for various field and construction projects as needed;

      Collaborate with field staff by proposing ideas to continually improve service delivery model;

      Other tasks as assigned by Urban Forestry Director.


      1 - 3 years of prior working experience in landscaping, horticulture, tree care or construction industry including at least one year in a lead/supervisory role;

      Basic plant knowledge and proficiency with irrigation systems; ability to support installation, design, and repair of drip irrigation systems;

      Experience providing community-based services and/or working with volunteers;

      Excellent leadership skills and ability to manage a team and ensure satisfactory performance;

      Strong knowledge of planning logistics and operations;

      Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with staff;

      Ability to positively represent OCF and maintain good client and community relations;

      Proficiency in Google Sketchup and/or CAD software preferred;

      Familiarity with Filemaker Pro preferred;

      A passion and commitment to OCF’s mission and interest in environmental issues preferred;

      Bilingual in Spanish a plus;

      Valid driver’s license and clean record; ability to operate large trucks; Class B license a plus.

      Ability to obtain additional industry certifications as necessary.

      Strong consideration will be given to applicants who possess one or more of the following kinds of specialized knowledge: fine gardening/horticulture; landscape irrigation system installation/troubleshooting; fleet/vehicle maintenance and repair; Class B driver’s license; crew supervision and enforcing Cal-OSHA safe operating procedures; Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Employment Terms:

      40-hour full-time with medical benefits

      $40k annual starting salary


APPLY: To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Ben Heistein at