Turn your passion for the environment into a career!
For more than 40 years, we have planted trees, strengthened communities, educated children and worked with local agencies to solve the environmental challenges that threaten LA.
If you share our vision for a green city, consider applying for a job with us. The rewards are plentiful: competitive pay and benefits, a beautiful work setting, and the deep satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference.
TreePeople believes it can make the world a better place. Our mission is to inspire, engage, and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun, sustainable and resilient, and to share the process as a model for the world.
TreePeople is a well-established, beloved and fast-growing environmental nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, one of the largest and most diverse communities in the world. TreePeople is rapidly growing because of the tremendous global demand for our innovative community-driven solutions around fire resilience, urban forestry, water-security, environmental literacy, equity, and climate change. Sustained by a talented team of thought-leaders, philanthropists, educators, foresters, community organizers, researchers and policymakers as well as thousands of trained community leaders, TreePeople has played, and will continue to play, a legacy role in mobilizing people, businesses and public agencies to create greener and more resilient communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change and water insecurity.
TreePeople needs a highly-experienced and effective Urban Forester to be part of an extensive, multi-year Tree Planting Project in an area encompassing local mountain ranges and the Southeast LA County cities of Downey, Norwalk, Commerce, Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada. The project involves planting and caring for over 10,000 trees in Southeast LA County.
The Urban Forester will be in charge of tree planting and tree care.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for upholding TreePeople high quality standards in tree planting and tree care including adherence to best management practices; and positive community relations.
Proper planting of trees assuring that it meets project specifications and requirements.
Responsible for quality and quantity of production and for following safe practices and rules while conducting tree plantings.
Promotes and maintains good customer and public relations through the effective accomplishment of assigned work and the appropriate behavior.
Is able to work well with staff and volunteers.
Safeguards employees and the public from hazards in and around work area.
Cooperates with the public, police, and fire departments when blocking street or driveways.
Sets up barriers, warning signs, flags, markers, etc. to protect employees and public.
Performs other duties as required.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
Due to the inherently dangerous nature of the industry and requirements to work with or around hazardous equipment, employees must be able to maintain attention and concentration for extended periods of time.
Must be able to wear necessary PPE as necessary.
Must be able to read and comprehend written and verbal job instructions/information.
Must be able to verbally communicate with other crew members and fully understand instructions and information.
Work demands physical energy, twisting, safe heavy lifting ability, and hand-to-eye coordination.
Uses machines, equipment, and work tools including but not limited too- shovels, breaker bars, root-chippers, rakes, brooms, general hand tools, lift gates, water tanks, blowers, augers, jack-hammers, general 2-cycle and gas engine machiners
Must be able to lift 50 pounds overhead safely while on a ladder.
Must be able to load and unload 15 gallon Trees onto and off-of a stakebed truck with a team member.
Must be able to carry 5 gallon buckets of water from trucks to Tree-Wells.
Must be able to enter and exit a vehicle numerous times a day.
Must be able to withstand exposure to all kinds of weather while completing work assignments, i.e., rain, heat, sun, cold.
Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
WAGES AND BENEFITS:
This is a full time, non-exempt position, with benefits.
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to engage, inspire and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable, and to share the process as a model for the world. TreePeople is among the largest independent environmental organizations in California. Sustained by a staff of educators, foresters and administrators as well as thousands of trained “Community Foresters”, TreePeople has played, and will continue to play, a leading role in mobilizing Angelenos, private businesses and government agencies to work together to create resilient urban communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change.
TreePeople’s passionate commitment to the environment and its unique implementation model, known as “Community Forestry”, engage, inspire and support Angelenos at both the grassroots and policy levels to take environmental action in their communities. Over the next ten years, TreePeople and its “Community Foresters” will spearhead the transformation of Los Angeles’ urban ecosystem by:
Mobilizing Angelenos into a community committed to adapting the City’s resources and infrastructure in response to severe climate change;
Expanding forestry and education programs that inspire thousands of volunteers to improve the health and safety of Angelenos by planting and maintaining trees in wilderness areas, neighborhoods and school campuses;
Transforming Los Angeles’ urban landscape into a living watershed to capture, clean, store and conserve rain and storm water in response to droughts and diminishing resources;
Fostering collaborative partnerships that bring private businesses, non-profit resources and government agencies together to research, develop and implement system-wide solutions to environmental problems.
In the coming years, TreePeople will inspire Angelenos to reimagine and reclaim Los Angeles’ future. TreePeople will empower Angelenos to come together to combat and adapt to climate change through individual action, technology, and collaborative partnerships in order to create a more holistic, integrated and sustainable Los Angeles.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Support the Regional Manager in organizing community planting and tree care events with local volunteers.
Planting 15 gallon street trees and driving a truck/water tank to water those trees on a weekly or biweekly basis, as determined by city staff and the Regional Manager.
Support community workshops and volunteer-led events, attend site visits, and help manage and maintain TreePeople’s tool inventory.
Maintain communication with community volunteers to carry out necessary tree care until the community is self-sustaining in the stewardship of their trees.
Gather, monitor and track data of tree plantings through GPS and site maps to comply with funding reporting and to ensure successful implementation of tree maintenance plans.
Participate and represent TreePeople at meetings, fundraising, marketing, membership and volunteer events as needed.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS:
Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
Highly-organized, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick-learner.
Literate and interested in local climate resilience and environmental issues impacting communities throughout Southern California.
Spanish fluency highly desired.
Valid CA Driver’s license and clean driving record desired to perform job-related essential functions.
Requires frequent heavy lifting over 25 lbs., often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces, and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.
Available to work Tuesday through Saturday, with occasional Sundays.
WAGES AND BENEFITS:
This is a part time (30 hours per week), non-exempt, hourly position, with benefits.