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Volunteer


A little dirt never hurt.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley.

There are many ways to help. Check out our calendar
for upcoming opportunities. 

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Volunteer


A little dirt never hurt.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley.

There are many ways to help. Check out our calendar
for upcoming opportunities. 

calendar  

 

We have VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES available for every individual wanting to help. Check OUR CALENDAR for upcoming volunteer events. If you're under 18, you must have parental or guardian permission to sign up.

 

Join our planting team for tree PLANTINGS in local PARKS, SCHOOLS and NEIGHBORHOODS.

Help out at the Community  Nursery during open hours. Assist with TRANSPLANTING, PROPAGATION and other various nursery tasks.

Ride along with our tree care team as they WATER, PRUNE, STAKE and check-up on hundreds of trees around the San Jose area.

Help FIGHT THE DROUGHT with our Lawn Busters team. They work hard to CONVERT LAWNS into drought-tolerant dreamscapes every week.

 

SPREAD THE WORD about trees and the environment at our local schools, fairs and community events.

Other VOLUNTEER opportunities:

  • Office work - filing and other miscellaneous duties
  • Drive our tree mobile bus
  • Be our mascot Treena the Tree or O2
  • Translate our literature to a different language
  • Help beautify our office
 
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TREE AMIGOS are dedicated volunteers who represent Our City Forest at events and projects in the community.

We host 5 week classes throughout the year where we train our Tree Amigos about our programs and how to help BUILD CAPACITY in the community. 

Learn more below.

 
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Become A Tree Amigo


We believe in the power of people to transform our community into a greener & healthier ecosystem.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley by becoming a regular volunteer at Our City Forest.

See details below for our upcoming Tree Amigo winter class. 

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Become A Tree Amigo


We believe in the power of people to transform our community into a greener & healthier ecosystem.

Transform your community & yourself. Join us
in our mission to cultivate our urban forest in Silicon Valley by becoming a regular volunteer at Our City Forest.

See details below for our upcoming Tree Amigo winter class. 

Now accepting tree amigo applications

The Ultimate Friend of the Trees

Love working with plants and people? Want to commit to be a leader in the community? Sign up for Our City Forest's Tree Amigo class. 

Class begins December 3, 2016

ABOUT THE CLASS

The Tree Amigo class will be a mixture of online and hands-on learning. Participants are asked to commit for the full 5-week course which will run from December 3, 2016 through January 14, 2017 with a 2 week break around the holidays. If enrolled, you are expected to come to each Saturday morning in-person class in order to earn the Tree Amigo title. If an in-person class is missed, we will arrange a make-up date. 

The online material will be released at the beginning of each week and participants will have until that Friday to complete the reading and short assignments before the Saturday in-person training. 

Saturday sessions will be about 3-4 hours, beginning either at 8AM or 9AM (depending on that week's hands-on project).

HOW TO APPLY

If you or someone you know may be interested, apply online by clicking the link below. Our online application should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. We will ask for the contact information for one reference, so please have that on hand before beginning the application. If you're not able to complete the application in one setting, the survey software will auto-save your progress. You may click on the link again at a different time and it will remember where you last ended.

If you'd rather submit a hard copy application, you can download it here and drop it by the office or email it to catherine@ourcityforest.org.

SCHEDULE OF WINTER TREE AMIGO CLASS

Week 1 - Our City Forest Overview & Introduction

  • 12/3 Saturday: Welcome and a Tree Tour

Week 2 - Community Planting Team & Urban Forestry Overview

  • 12/10 Saturday: Tree Planting Demo & Planting Project

Week 3 - Community Nursery Team & Tree Care Team

  • 12/17 Saturday: Nursery workday & Tree Care Project

Week 4 - Water Conservation & Lawn Busters Team

  • 1/7 Saturday: Lawn conversion project

Week 5 - Outreach & Education Team

  • 1/14 Saturday: Graduation potluck
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CORPORATE GROUP VOLUNTEERING


We put the "Tree" in Team.

Our City Forest offers Team-Building Workdays at our
Community Nursery and Planting sites around Silicon Valley.
Companies participate in meaningful greening projects and
feel good about giving back. Contact us with dates that work best for your group. We'll find the best fit for a team project. 

Register Your Group

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CORPORATE GROUP VOLUNTEERING


We put the "Tree" in Team.

Our City Forest offers Team-Building Workdays at our
Community Nursery and Planting sites around Silicon Valley.
Companies participate in meaningful greening projects and
feel good about giving back. Contact us with dates that work best for your group. We'll find the best fit for a team project. 

Register Your Group


AmeriCorps

It's a dirty job, but these guys love to do it.

Our City Forest is proud to partner with the AmeriCorps Service Jobs Program. Each year, our organization provides members from across the nation a year-long service opportunity helping our mission of urban forestry and environmental education, while learning valuable work skills and earning money towards their education.