Serve the Community through the
Our City Forest AmeriCorps Program!
Serve the Community through the Our City Forest AmeriCorps Program!
Full time AMERICORPS Positions -- September 2013 through early August 2014 (must be available for the entire term or service)
AmeriCorps service positions ($15,000 stipend/$5,500 ed award)
Our City Forest is a non-profit urban forestry and environmental action organization. The focus of this program is to organize neighborhood and school tree care and tree planting projects, promote environmental education, and recruit and train volunteers. During this year of service, AmeriCorps members will directly contribute to the mission of creating a greener and healthier community.
Environmental Education and Outreach Specialists: These positions demand excellent customer service skills, the ability to recruit and manage volunteers, and engage in large project coordination with members of the community. They are also responsible for conducting classroom and community presentations, and representing Our City Forest at various community outreach events. Individual team members will assist with a variety of these duties, but each individual will have a focus area. Candidates must be passionate about the importance of educating the public on environmental issues.
Volunteer Coordinating Specialists: The volunteer coordinating team is responsible for the recruitment, training, and placement of community volunteers. The volunteer coordinators maintain ongoing communications with volunteers, organize and facilitate volunteer meetings, Tree Amigo classes, and special events. Volunteer coordinators will also track volunteer hours and provide support for outreach and field activities as needed.
Field Specialists: Field team members will build capacity to in the community, engaging volunteers and residents in cultivating plants at our nursery, or planting and caring for trees in neighborhoods, schools and parks. Members will build commitment with existing volunteers, and recruit and engage new ones. Field specialists will strive to maximize volunteer participation in their programs, acting as trainers, coaches, schedulers, and project planners. Members will be trained on urban forestry best practices and provide quality control and supervision for volunteers. Members will provide friendly, professional customer service, and will organize and implement projects. This entails office work such as correspondence, scheduling appointments, planning logistics, and detailed data entry, as well as field work necessary for project preparation, and project day execution. Proportion of field to office work varies with program assignment. Planting program specialists will actively seek opportunities for greening projects, and conduct outreach efforts to residents and businesses to garner investment and stewardship. Some members will work exclusively at the OCF community nursery, cultivating and caring for young trees. Technical training and experience gained as a Field Specialist will help make members eligible for arborist certification (individuals will need additional education and/or experience for certification).
Tree Database/GIS Technicians: Members of this team will continue to develop our tree inventory program. They will conduct field data collection of tree coordinates and other attributes using GIS handheld devices. Specific duties include downloading GIS data from devices into Microsoft Access, then transferring data into the OCF FileMaker Database. They will also create site maps of inventoried trees. Candidate should have at least 1 year of experience in a technical/IT role or equivalent coursework/training. Candidate should have moderate working knowledge of MS Excel, MS Access, and GIS.
Interest in affecting change through community organizing
Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
Must be available to work full-time Tuesday - Saturday 8AM- 5PM
Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident, with a high school diploma or equivalent
Minimum age: 18
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – one or more of the following:
Bilingual in English and Spanish, Vietnamese, or other
Strong written & oral communication skills
College degree is highly desirable
Valid CA drivers license
Proficient in driving manual transmission and towing small trailers
Current Commercial drivers license (to drive Tree Mobile for community events)
Familiar with ornamental and native tree species ID
FileMaker Pro & Adobe software knowledge