Jobs & Internships

Jobs & Internships

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.

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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 is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Director of Development to join our dynamic leadership team. This role will oversee the day-to-day operations of the development team in the general areas of Major Gifts, Grants (Foundation, Public Agency and Corporate), Membership, Direct Mail, Tree Dedications, Special Events and Legacy/Planned Giving as well as manage technical support within the department, including prospect research and use of Salesforce. The position will manage the strategic and fundraising goals of the department and cultivate, expand, and maintain a personal portfolio of current and prospective donors. The Director of Development will represent the organization’s fund development interest to internal and external constituencies, achieve philanthropic goals and create opportunities to increase investments to propel the organization’s social impact.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate with the CEO, Chief Financial Officer and the Board of Directors to develop, lead, and implement the organization’s annual and long-term development strategies, continuing to chart the organization’s course in fund development while ensuring that efforts are carried out in keeping with TreePeople’s values, mission, vision, and plans
  • Research, develop and grow a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of TreePeople that will enable it to attract, retain and motivate donors..
  • Work with the Foundation Grants Manager to identify new family foundation donors, while nurturing and soliciting a personal portfolio of current and prospective major donors.
  • Provide strong fundraising leadership and support to the CEO and board members, including helping to identify their resource cultivation goals and support needs, prospecting donors, and leading or participating in gift solicitation, as appropriate.
  • Support the CEO in the identification, cultivation, stewardship and recruitment of prospective board members and major donors.
  • Manage, develop, coach, inspire, and motivate a strong development and grants team.
  • Provide general oversight of TreePeople’s development activities, overseeing operations and functions of the development team, and coordinating with the marketing and communications team, the CEO, program directors and the board development committee.
  • Establish goals and metrics to evaluate implementation of strategy and tactics, and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the development program.
  • Participate in revenue meetings to track progress of actual revenues to projections and goals and make recommendations for changes as needed.
  • Coordinate ongoing annual giving and meeting annual fund development financial goals, including general accountability targets associated with these goals.
  • Oversee the fundraising process and ensure systematic records of receipts and disbursements of funds.
  • Collaborate with the leadership and marketing and communications teams to ensure consistent messaging and outreach strategies to raise awareness and understanding of TreePeople’s vision and social impact through virtual and in-person events.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends and best practices in philanthropy relevant to TreePeople, the Southern California region, equity and global climate change and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in development with at least five years of senior leadership.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a job-related field is desired.
  • Proven record of success with major gift and campaign fundraising from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Broad-based knowledge of all functions of development, including the use of databases, knowledge of membership and volunteer-driven organizations, and of major giving techniques.
  • Experience planning and executing department budgets and evaluating the Return on Investment of specific fundraising programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, and to develop effective programs that garner major investment opportunities such as a capital campaign, endowment, or other revenuegenerating initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including efficient handling of deadlines, ability to respond gracefully to quick-turnaround projects, and produce high-quality results with attention to detail.
  • Comfortable presenting information in a compelling, informative, and culturally relevant manner to a variety of audience members.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to handle challenging situations professionally.
  • Commitment to equity, environmental justice, and social justice.
  • Advanced experience with producing deliverables with Microsoft Office 365 programs including SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with Google Suite.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Foundation Grants Manager to join our development team and support the organization. The ideal candidate will convey our mission and vision in grants, proposals, reports and other written communication.  This position will support the private foundation grants portfolio from identification to submission to ensure we maintain $2 million + per year in private funding. This role is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of all grant’s administration including but not limited to supervision of the Grants Writer, maintaining existing private and corporate partnerships, researching, and building new relationships with potential funding sources, and supporting team’s communication needs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the day-to-day leadership of grant preparation, execution, submission, and reports.
  • Develop and write (or co-write) interim and final reports for funded programs, including meeting with/interviewing directors, managers, and staff regarding progress of grant funded projects.
  • Maintain strong relationships with TreePeople’s current foundation grant personnel connections and forge new relationships through cultivation and networking.
  • Actively and regularly identify potential funding sources and opportunities for TreePeople and TreePeople Land Trust programming.
  • Develop, plan, write, and submit grant proposals for new and existing foundation/private programs.
  • Manage the grants calendar, ensuring timely and accurate completion of the grant’s life cycle: research, outreach, LOIs, proposals, site visits, and reporting.
  • Advise on grant acknowledgments and other funder communications to ensure both compliance and relationship-building.
  • Represent TreePeople and TreePeople Land Trust in negotiation of resulting grants, contracts, and agreements
  • Assist in the development of the annual fundraising plan and projections for revenue from foundations sources.
  • Create donor and funder education materials and work with leadership to prepare for funder meetings and creative ways to expand TreePeople and TreePeople Land Trust reach and impact.
  • Work closely with Grant Writer to review and seek to improve current grant process and workflow to ensure timely and smooth collaboration across the organization.
  • Stay abreast of significant funding trends related to the environment, climate change and equity including specific opportunities that are in preliminary stages of development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of 5 years of successful grants management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully cultivating foundation grantors and existing working relationships with prospective grantors.
  • BA/BS or higher degree in public policy, urban planning, English, environmental studies (water, forestry, urban sustainability), public health, or a related field.
  • Excellent, concise, and persuasive writing skills.
  • Fundamental understanding of nonprofit budgeting and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping.
  • Excellent organizational skills and familiarity with grant research and tracking systems.
  • Exceptional management abilities with the ability to model positive influence within the team.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications desired.
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce is preferred.
  • Excellent oral communications and public presentation skills.
  • Positive attitude, passion for the environment and equity and team spirit.
  • Experience in nonprofit fundraising, program management, or volunteer leadership is highly valued.
  • Must be flexible in work schedule to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Grant Writer to join our development team and support the organization. This position will support the government grants portfolio from identification to submission, which includes completing grant applications, writing proposals, coordination of requisite reports, developing strategies and supporting the research or grant opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement effective strategies to proactively identify, apply, and execute public funding opportunities, including federal, state, local and private grants.
  • Actively and regularly identify potential funding sources and opportunities for TreePeople and TreePeople Land Trust programming.
  • Develop, maintain, and enhance relationships with public funding agencies, professional governmental associations, and other public funding entities.
  • Develop, interpret, and apply TreePeople and TreePeople Land Trust policies and procedures for grants and projects.
  • Coordinate with other team members to develop, plan, write, and submit grant proposals for new and existing programs.
  • Advise and coordinate on the development and writing of interim and final reports for funded programs.
  • Work with program and finance team to maintain records of activities, compliance, and budgets as they relate to reports on awarded grants.
  • Work closely with other departments and management across the organization to prepare proposals, follow up on deliverables and reports as needed.
  • Support special campaigns and initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of significant funding trends related to the environment, climate change and equity including specific opportunities that are in preliminary stages of development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum 3 years of successful grant writing, strong project management and supervising experience.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge working within public agencies and the nonprofit sector.
  • BA/BS or higher degree in public policy, urban planning, English, environmental studies (water, forestry, urban sustainability), public health, or a related field.
  • Excellent, concise, and persuasive writing skills.
  • Ability to translate and give guidance on grant requirements and purpose to other team members.
  • Excellent organizational skills and familiarity with grant research and tracking systems. Knowledge of Salesforce or ability to quickly learn Salesforce.
  • Excellent oral communications and public presentation skills.
  • Positive attitude, passion for the environment and equity and team spirit.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Senior Manager to oversee our Generation Earth Youth Leadership Program. This program focuses on inspiring and educating K-12 students to become leaders in their communities, in helping their school campuses and surrounding communities to become green and to become agents for climate resilience. The ideal candidate will develop strategies and relationships within the Los Angeles County school community, oversee the program and mange the team.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead strategy and implementation of the Generation Earth Program in alignment with TreePeople’s strategic priorities.
  • Supervise and support team in developing protocols and ensuring project completion and quality.
  • Build partnerships with schools, administrators, and youth that strengthen our goals and map to targeted regions identified by TreePeople and Los Angeles County.
  • Manage program support through teacher facilitators, on-site visits, telephone, fax and email communications.
  • Create and maintain programs and toolkits to align with current academic standards, i.e. Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Assess program to ensure equity, inclusion and cultural integration and relevance.
  • Facilitate, support, and coordinate Generation Earth Program: ensuring the accomplishment of environmental service-learning projects by teachers involved within the professional development program and assisting the campus community in successfully completing environmental projects.
  • Administers evaluation instruments and collecting assessment data.
  • Work closely with Director of Education and Community to assist in fundraising for the department via government grants, foundations, individuals, etc.
  • Lead special projects as needed including managing grants. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Recent experience working with teens and schools, ideally on environmental projects.
  • Experience mobilizing and prioritizing the needs of a community.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team.
  • Understanding of equity, inclusion, and cultural relevancy.
  • Understanding of ecological systems and awareness of current environmental issues, including the impacts of urban development and green solutions.
  • Project management skills are desired, such as accountability, time management, prioritizing tasks, and meeting high-pressure deadlines.
  • Some background in educational theory and methodology. Background or knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards is a plus.
  • Must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience with fundraising and writing grants.
  • Strong communication skills that include professional writing, public speaking, and intra-personal communication.
  • High-level of familiarity with Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and other internet-based programs.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus.
  • Experience working in South LA, Southeast LA, and/or Northeast San Fernando Valley is a plus.
  • Valid California Driver License and reliable transportation is required.
  • Must be able to visit school sites across L.A. County and communicate with school district personnel, administrators, educators, and youth.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Systems Administrator that specializes in the Salesforce platform to join our I.T. team. In this position, you will work closely with management, staff, and subject matter experts to support day-to-day configuration, maintenance, and improvement of our Salesforce platform and related integrations.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as primary administrator for our Salesforce.com NPSP environment with 60+ users, as well as other Salesforce-integrated software
  • Handle all basic administrative functions including user account maintenance, reports and dashboards, workflows, duplicate management, and other routine tasks
  • Manage the integration of third-party software / systems into Salesforce (ex: finance software connectors, Conga, Pardot, Volunteers app, FormAssembly, company website, etc.)
  • Complete regular internal system audits and prepare for upgrades
  • Coordinate the evaluation, scope, and completion of new development requests
  • Work with our leadership team to establish suitable processes to support administrative, development, and management activities
  • Assist in the training of new users, create documentation for departmental processes, and grow the Salesforce.com skill set across the organization
  • Effectively act as the liaison between our users, vendors, and related application development teams
  • Troubleshoot and work with end-users to ensure the applications meet their needs and keeps pace with changes in the organization
  • Lead the identification and implementation of new Salesforce features and functionality to increase adoption and automation
  • Work independently with members of the user community to define and document development requirements
  • Manage daily support and maintenance of internal Salesforce instance, and conduct long-term improvement operations to ensure compatibility with evolving mission requirements
  • Aggressively work to provide solutions to challenges as they arise
  • Other duties to support the I.T. department, as assigned

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience in Salesforce Administration and hands-on I.T. end-user troubleshooting experience
  • Certified Salesforce Administrator credential required
  • At least 5 years of I.T. experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Customer-centric approach – not all users are technology experts
  • Excellent troubleshooting and resolution skills
  • Strong understanding of Salesforce.com best practices, functionality, and configuration
  • Ability to design and implement new processes and determine best Salesforce automation tools

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking a Tree Care Assistant to join our Urban Forestry team. This individual will support the maintenance of recently planted trees in parks and on streets in the communities of Downey, Commerce, Santa Fe Spring and La Mirada.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Uphold TreePeople high quality standards in tree care and positive community relations.
  • Follow safe practices and supervisor guidance while conducting tree care.
  • Maintain good public relations through the effective accomplishment of assigned work and the appropriate behavior.
  • Work well with other staff.
  • Cooperate with the public, police, and fire departments if blocking street or driveway
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
  • Valid CA Driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance is required to perform job-related essential functions.
  • Requires frequent heavy lifting over 50 lbs. overhead, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces, and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity. Must be able to carry 5-gallon water buckets and able to load and unload 15-gallon trees onto and off a truck.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.
  • Knowledge of or resides in one of the following communities: Downey, Commerce, Santa Fe Spring and La Mirada or in surrounding cities is a plus.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking an Urban Forestry Associate to join our Community Forestry team.   This program engages, inspires, and supports residents to take environmental action in their communities. This position will support the Urban Forestry Team tree planting and maintenance efforts within communities within the Los Angeles area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support organizing community planting and tree care events with local volunteers.
  • Plant 15-gallon street trees and driving a truck/water tank to water those trees on a regular basis.
  • Assist with 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 is 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 a flexible schedule that may include weekends.
  • Knowledge of or resides in one of the following communities: Huntington Park, Cudahy, South Gate, Lynwood, Watts or in surrounding cities is strongly desired.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

We are seeking an Urban Forestry Coordinator to join our Urban Forestry team in Riverside.   This individual will assist with the development, implementation and expansion of our Community Forestry model that ensures a healthy urban forest, a living watershed and an increase in tree canopy coverage within the community of Riverside. This position will engage and organize community members by coordinating fun and meaningful community events such as tree plantings, tree distributions and other community greening projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct site assessments and support the development of detailed planting plans that include species and locations.
  • Organize, support and lead community workshops and volunteer-led events, evaluate future opportunities and attend site visits.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and support community volunteers with tree plantings, tree care and community greening projects.
  • Support development and implementation of project work plans, including event scheduling, dig alert, tree sourcing and inspection.
  • Conduct community engagement and draft outreach and educational materials to grow interest in volunteer event opportunities, urban tree canopy expansion and community-led tree care.
  • Help manage and maintain vehicle, supply and equipment inventories.
  • Gather, monitor and track data on tree plantings for reporting requirements and to ensure successful implementation of tree maintenance plans.
  • Support contract and funder reporting requirements, including documentation and presentation of project deliverables, including photos and sign-in sheets, preparation of narrative summaries, and GHG calculations.
  • Participate and represent TreePeople at meetings, fundraising, marketing, membership and volunteer events.
  • Assist with TreePeople’s policy and research and public education initiatives including but not limited to climate and water resilience, urban heat island mitigation, urban cooling, urban forestry management plans, and equity.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with project management, community organizing, negotiations and public speaking.
  • Knowledge of tree biology, tree planting and care.
  • Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interest in local climate, water resilience and environmental issues impacting Southern California communities.
  • Valid CA Driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance is required to perform job-related essential functions.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus.
  • Able to frequently lift over 25lbs., combined with bending, twisting, working on irregular surfaces and on occasion extraordinary physical activity.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

TreePeople has been awarded a contract for Project Development for the Disadvantage Community and Tribal Involvement Program (locally referred as WaterTalks) in the greater Los Angeles and upper Santa Clara River areas.  This program provides outreach and engagement to select communities and is in the process of completing a tribal strength and needs assessment that will help to identify water related issues such as water quality and quantity, stormwater management, flooding, wastewater and water pricing.

We are seeking a Tribal Engagement Coordinator to join our Water Equity Programs team.   This position will work closely with the Project Manager to organize and support the project by working with and organizing tribal community members to identify water needs of the communities and deliver training and education of the program to the community for the period of October 2021 through December 2022.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Engage tribal communities in watershed assessment, planning, project design and project advocacy.
  • Provide knowledge and/or research tailored to tribal communities, particularly in urban water-related topics such as drinking water, sanitation, stormwater management, flood control, consumer cost and access to water for cultural and ceremonial uses.
  • Participate in development and delivery of tribal involvement training curriculum for audiences that include community-based organizations and public agencies.
  • Support the WaterTalks leadership group by providing guidance, training, and education to support ground truthing of the Needs Assessment and project development.
  • Provide administration on public-funded programs and contracts as assigned, including support for procurement and subcontracting, ongoing reporting and close-out, meeting key dates and deadlines, and record-keeping.
  • Store and maintain contract records in an electronic data management system.
  • Serve as a link between assigned programs and finance department on fiscal-related matters including but not limited to contract invoicing and collections, and subcontractor and vendor invoices and payment.
  • Participate in meetings, coordinate program input, write and review briefs to prepare organizational staff and Leadership for tribal community meetings and events.
  • Provide support in general community engagement efforts as needed.
  • Aid in development and design of new tribal community engagement programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in supporting and working with Los Angeles tribal communities, water and urban planning and infrastructure and working with low-income communities in Los Angeles is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in project management or project administrative support and nonprofit business acumen.
  • Strong relationships within indigenous, tribal communities within the California or Los Angeles region is strongly desired.
  • Solid leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized, detailed oriented, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.
  • Knowledge of environmental, equity and education issues especially urban water and/or green-infrastructure issues in the Los Angeles region and engaging local communities.
  • Solid presentation skills, including experience presenting at workshops, community and agency meetings.
  • Experience working in team environments, developing relationships and facilitating ongoing dialogue with multiple project partners, including public agencies, municipalities, elected offices, and NGOs.
  • Works independently, handles multiple priorities and tight timelines.
  • Strategic and dedicated approach to complex problem-solving.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to multiple processes prone to change.
  • Ability to schedule, set up and track multiple-stakeholder meetings.
  • Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, thorough notation of meeting conversations, tracking and managing projects, contracts and grants.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.

TreePeople has been awarded a contract for Project Development for the Disadvantage Community and Tribal Involvement Program (locally referred as WaterTalks) in the greater Los Angeles and upper Santa Clara River areas.  This program provides outreach and engagement to select communities and is in the process of completing a tribal strength and needs assessment that will help to identify water related issues such as water quality and quantity, stormwater management, flooding, wastewater and water pricing.

We are seeking a Water Project Manager/Technical Specialist to join our Water Equity Programs team.   This position will assist the team by providing technical water concepts, proposals and education for the period of October 2021 through December 2022.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop 1-5 project concepts (10% design completion) for submittal to one or more funding sources (i.e. project configuration, capture area, diversion, site conditions/constraints, O&M considerations, water quality/supply calculations).
  • Provide day-to-day management of two outside contractors who will assist in developing project concepts as well as fuller designs (up to 30% completion).
  • Assist staff to develop research project concepts and proposals.
  • Prepare funding proposals for project concepts, especially descriptions and calculations of technical elements of the project.
  • Participate in Community Outreach and Engagement to discern project concepts appropriate to community need and statutory and technical requirements of the SCWP.
  • Assist with education tasks of the program by preparing graphic designs/renderings of projects, technical and regulatory elements and language in materials, curriculum and delivery to multiple audiences for basic understanding of technical aspects of the project to share with their constituents and to build their internal capacity around water issues.
  • Support other TreePeople education efforts by contributing technical/regulatory elements and language for materials and curriculum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Education and experience in water-related engineering, water project design, stormwater management, water quality management or related field.
  • Highly organized, detailed oriented, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience in conceptualizing, developing and presenting project concepts (10% design completion); especially those that can apply watershed/integrated approaches to developing multi-benefit, stormwater and urban runoff capture projects/programs.
  • Experience working with community members, their representative and advocates to assess their needs and strengths.
  • Experience preparing cost estimates for project concepts.
  • Experience working and communicating with project engineers and related technical staff at public agencies and private firms and translate (in relatable terms) for staff and other interested parties.
  • Successful working relationships with diverse public agencies in the Los Angeles and Santa Clara areas.
  • Ability to work with flexibility in teams and independently toward completion deadlines.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the following subject matter:
    • Local water quality regulations.
    • Current local and regional plans, planning processes, and resources related, such as Integrated Regional Water Management; LA County Safe, Clean Water Program; LA River Revitalization, LA and SG River Master Plans, Regional Watershed Management Programs and Enhanced Watershed Management Programs.
    • Green infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, GIS and/or other project design software.
  • This position does require travel to various sites in the greater Los Angeles and Upper Santa Clara areas.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit whose mission is to engage, inspire and support people to take personal responsibility for the 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, organizers and foresters as well as thousands of trained volunteers, TreePeople plays a leading role in mobilizing communities to work together to achieve climate resilience. Over the past four decades, TreePeople has engaged more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.

AmeriCorps members who join TreePeople will support urban tree planting and care projects in the communities of Lynwood, Watts, Commerce and San Fernando.  Members will also assist with wildfire prevention and forest restoration projects in the Angeles National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains by focusing on the removal of invasive plant species and the reintroduction of native trees and plants.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plant and care for 15-gallon street trees.
  • Plant and care for native plants and tree seedlings in wildland areas.
  • Remove invasive species and flash fuels from wildland areas.
  • Maintain positive communication with community members to encourage ongoing tree care by residents.
  • Organize, manage and facilitate restoration, planting and care events, and monitor the progress at restoration sites.
  • Work with TreePeople’s partners, USFS / Angeles National Forest, National Park Service, and others to ensure partners’ needs and expectations are met.
  • Support the participation of volunteers in urban tree planting and care events as well as forest restoration events.
  • Support TreePeople’s nursery by participating in seed collection and treatment as well as propagation related activity as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

TreePeople seeks AmeriCorps members that are interested in the environment, urban greening, forestry, climate resilience, and environmental justice. TreePeople would like AmeriCorps members to be from and of the communities we aim to serve in order to use lived experience to better engage communities. Additionally, the following characteristics provide insight into qualifications for this position:

  1. AmeriCorp member applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants must have a GED or a high school diploma.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Those with an Authorization to work in the U.S. or have DACA status unfortunately are not eligible at this time for the program.
  4. Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  5. Highly organized, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
  6. Interest in local climate resilience and environmental issues impacting communities and wilderness throughout Southern California.
  7. Comfortable in wilderness areas.
  8. Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record desired to perform job-related essential functions.
  9. Requires frequent heavy lifting over 40 lbs., often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces.
  10. Must follow safe work practices.
  11. Ability to perform physical labor, including moving trees and loading and unloading heavy tools onto trucks, and the ability to hike off-trail on mountainsides.
  12. Available to work Tuesday through Saturday schedule.
  13. Experience in volunteer organizing and project logistics.
  14. Members you have served less than 3 terms in an Americorps State or National program.
  15. Must commit to the full-service term of November 2021- November 2022 and available for 7.5 hours per day, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

BENEFITS:

AmeriCorps Associates will be eligible for health insurance provided by TreePeople.

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service and enrolling in the National Service Trust, you are eligible to receive an education award totaling $10,000. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans, student loan forbearance, interest payments, and/or to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.  Americorp members may be eligible for student loan forbearance for qualified student loans during their term of service.

Additionally, full-time members may be eligible for childcare assistance. If eligible, a Childcare Allowance will be provided by the official AmeriCorps Child Care provider (GAP Solutions Inc.) directly to the provider.

LIVING ALLOWANCE:

AmeriCorps members will be provided a living allowance for their service. This program will provide a living allowance of $1,425 per month and is subject to income tax withholding. Please note the living allowance payment is a flat amount, is not based upon the number of hours served and will be prorated based upon the member’s start date. Payment will cease when the member’s service ends. Receiving the full living allowance is contingent on participation in the full program.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internships

Are you interested in learning about one of LA’s premier environmental nonprofits?

TreePeople staff works with interns to give them a leg-up in the environmental field and specialized training across our departments’ specialities. Come join us and help green our city!

 

THE ORGANIZATION:

TreePeople's mission is to inspire the people of Los Angeles County to take personal responsibility for the urban forest - educating, training and supporting them as they plant and care for trees and improve the neighborhoods in which they live, learn, work, and play. We work to help nature heal our cities in the neighborhoods, schools, communities and mountains of the greater Los Angeles area. Our office is located in Coldwater Canyon Park between the Los Angeles basin and the San Fernando Valley.

DESCRIPTION:

The Angeles Forest Restoration Program is a wildland restoration effort led by TreePeople, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the US Forest Service in the Angeles National Forest. This program aims at restoring areas devastated by fire to reclaim their pristine beauty, habitat, and benefits. Through the participation of many volunteers, TreePeople seeks to engage, train and educate all Angelinos who aspire to help maintain the vital qualities of the Angeles National Forest watershed. The program encompasses a wide scope of work, including native species seed collection, nursery work, invasive non-native species removal, seedling planting and maintenance, along with surveying and data collection designed to enhance practices and provide stakeholders with valuable information.

REPORTS TO:

Forest Aid Angeles Manager

DUTIES:

  • Help prepare campaigns of events through site preparation
  • Map areas with GIS information ahead of planting events
  • Collect field data on soil, moisture, and seedling health and growth
  • Organize data in comprehensive reports
  • Support the Angeles Forest Restoration program at weekend events
  • Work independently and with volunteers and TreePeople employees in restoration zones
  • Learn nursery procedures, inventory, etc.

REQUIRED:

  • Some week AND weekend availability (schedule may be tailored to the individual)
  • Own personal transportation
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Related field experience and or education
  • Complete our Wildland Restoration Supervisor training

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Some knowledge and understanding of GIS systems and mapping
  • Understanding of our mediterranean ecosystem and local native plant species, familiarity with the Angeles National Forest, or a strong commitment to quickly learn both

TYPE OF POSITION:

Part-time, unpaid internship, minimum 4 month commitment and 20 hours (flex) per week. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email a cover letter and resume to Luis Rodriguez at: LRodriguez@treepeople.org. No phone calls, please.

Are you interested in working outdoors and need more experience? Want to learn more about our local plant and animal species? Want to fight the climate crisis and contribute to our community?

THE ORGANIZATION:

TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles. Born from the efforts of a teenager over 40 years ago, we have involved more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.

In order to support fire mitigation and other habitat restoration projects, TreePeople’s nursery has adopted new Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent the spread of destructive Phytophthora pathogens into our wildlands. TreePeople is part of a voluntary nursery evaluation process, and this facility is the second nursery in Los Angeles County qualified to grow native plants for the Forest Service.

DUTIES:

  • Participate in ecological restoration projects, training, fundraising, and outreach events as needed.
  • Learn how to collect, clean, store, and propagate native plant species.
  • Help protect our local ecosystems from non-native, invasive species.
  • Learn about Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Learn how to mix and pasteurize soil.
  • Help monitor TreePeople’s wildlife camera.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Due to the type of work the individual must be at least 18 years old.
  • The individual must have their own transportation to get to the work site.
  • The individual must have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds due to the nature of the work.
  • The individual must be able to hike off-trail and on mountainous terrain.
  • Strong critical thinking ability and organizational skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and punctual.
  • Must possess a desire to investigate a range of topics including native and non-native plants, local non-profit and community events/workshops, et cetera.
  • Friendly with good writing skills. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite.
  • Field experience and/or relevant education is highly desired in a candidate but not necessary.

TYPE OF POSITION:

Part-time, unpaid internship. 2 months commitment, 2-3 days per week, approximately 10 hours per week. Minimum 4 hour shifts. Internship can be performed to gain college credit with college approval. Length of internship can be customized to candidate’s and organization’s interest.

For each work day, wear clothing you can get dirty, closed-toed shoes (boots recommended), a hat, water bottle, and a snack/lunch.

Reports to Ecological Restoration and Nursery Manager.

If you are interested please send your resume and introduce yourself to Luis Rodriguez at LRodriguez@treepeople.org