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Urban Forestry and Outreach Specialist at California Volunteers Any Educational Level Job

9 months ago Agriculture / Agro-Allied Jobs San Jose   210 views
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Program Description:

Position Description: Our City Forest (OCF) Service Team Members are sponsored in part by the National Service organization, AmeriCorps, and are expected to commit to 1200 (Jan-Sept) or 900 (Mar-Sept) hours of service. Team Members will have 2 weeks of all-team training beginning on January 14th or March 24th. 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), or Community Nursery 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.

Position duties may include (by team):

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

Outreach and Education 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 (i.e. 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

Gain experience and skills:

  • Work full time in diverse and vibrant Bay Area communities
  • Work within the education and nonprofit sectors
  • Develop basic teaching skills, including curriculum development, behavior management practices and public speaking/facilitation
  • Make lasting connections with fellow service minded community members
  • Build confidence in public speaking
  • Acquire concrete workplace skills
  • Develop personal and professional goals with guidance and support
  • Promote meaningful community partnerships
  • Become part of a large alumni network


  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • At least 17 years old
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours/week) and commit to a 5.5 month term of service
  • Successful completion of background check

Timeline: Service cohorts begin March 24th, 2020 and serve until September 5th, 2020 for 900 hour members.


708.33 bi-weekly stipend pay

$4,336.50 Education Award upon completion of term

Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans

may be eligible for Calfresh and benefits

Childcare assistance (if eligible)

How to Apply



To apply, visit http://www.ourcityforest.org/americorps-openings and upload your resume, cover letter, and list 3 references.

Company Description
California Volunteers AmeriCorps Programs - Central Coastal Region | San Jose, CALocation646North King Road, San Jose, CA