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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 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 Community Organizer who currently resides in and is familiar with the northeast areas of San Fernando Valley. The Community Organizer is responsible for making lasting connections with and between community members, community-based organizations, public agencies, churches, schools, parent centers, businesses and other key stakeholders in support of TreePeople’s mission.

The ideal candidate will lead efforts to identify, train and grow a network of people who want to become Community Foresters in the northeast areas of the San Fernando Valley.  The ideal candidate will help increase community connections with their neighbors and involvement in tree plantings and other initiatives in the community.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Community-oriented individual who is great at mobilizing and understands the needs of residents in the northeast areas of the San Fernando Valley.
  2. Possess focus on equity, inclusion and cultural competency.
  3. Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  4. Experienced project management skills and organizing strategy.
  5. Inspiring public speaking and interpersonal skills.
  6. Highly-organized, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick-learner.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills: listening, negotiating, public speaking, and writing.
  8. Literate and passionate about local climate resilience and environmental issues impacting communities of color.
  9. Spanish bilingual.
  10. Available to work weekends and some evenings.
  11. Valid Driver’s license and proof on insurance required.
  12. Able, to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds. Able to stand and walk for   long periods of time.
  13. Able to work outside for hours at a time at tree planting and care events, which includes physically digging holes, lifting equipment and planting trees, among other activities.

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* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BACKGROUND

TreePeople is a well-known and respected  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..

TreePeople is seeking to hire a South Los Angeles resident, preferably who resides in and/or grew up in the community of Watts, for the position of Community Organizer. **Local Residents Strongly Preferred**

Initially, the Community Organizer will lead TreePeople’s community engagement efforts in Watts to plant and distribute more than 1,000 trees.

The Community Organizer is responsible for making lasting connections with and between community members, community-based organizations, public agencies, churches, schools, parent centers, businesses and other key stakeholders in support of TreePeople’s mission to inspire, engage and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in South Los Angeles and across the region.

The Community Organizer will lead efforts to identify, train and grow a network of people who want to become Community Foresters in South Los Angeles to help increase community connections with their neighbors and involvement in tree plantings and other initiatives in the community.

Requirements

Community Organizer — South Los Angeles (Watts will be the Initial Focus Area)

**Local Residents Strongly Preferred**

South Los Angeles, CA

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Lead community outreach efforts, recruiting a diverse group of stakeholders that includes but is not limited to residents, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, youth groups, parent centers, neighborhood associations, schools, advocacy groups, businesses, and public officials.
  2. Serve as a community liaison by participating and representing TreePeople at meetings, fundraising, marketing, membership, volunteer events, etc.
  3. Carry out TreePeople’s model for tree planting, tree care and community engagement.
  4. Recruit and train community champions to be Community Foresters.
  5. Lead community engagement events in which volunteers and organizers physically plant and care for trees.
  6. Support volunteer event preparation, helping to load trucks with supplies and tools.
  7. Network and cultivate relationships with current and new community stakeholders.
  8. Identify key community stakeholders in the project area(s) to leverage TreePeople’s work and establish and maintain relationships in the community.
  9. Maintain and upgrade Spanish bilingual outreach materials for tablings and presentations.
  10. Conduct tree care activities, such as watering, light pruning and re-mulching.
  11. Integrate into or build coalitions, coordinate activities with coalition partners and recruit coalition members; coordinate the content and logistics for public events and large-scale mobilizations; and connect organizing work with research, public policy, and communications designated campaigns.
  12. Support TreePeople’s teams by participating at volunteer events, including on weekends and some evenings.
  13. Participate in TreePeople team activities.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Community-oriented individual who is great at mobilizing and understands the needs of Watts and South Los Angeles residents, especially in the Latino and black communities.
  2. Possess focus on equity, inclusion and cultural competency.
  3. Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
  4. Experienced project management skills and organizing strategy..
  5. Inspiring public speaking and interpersonal skills.
  6. Highly-organized, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick-learner.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills: listening, negotiating, public speaking, and writing.
  8. Literate and passionate about local climate resilience and environmental issues impacting communities of color.
  9. Spanish bilingual.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
  2. Able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds.
  3. Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  4. Able to work outside for hours at a time at tree planting and care events, which includes physically digging holes, lifting equipment and planting trees, among other activities.

JOIN THE TREEPEOPLE TEAM, APPLY AT:

Please apply here →

* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB SUMMARY:

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 is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Government Grants Writer to support our public grants program. The Government Grants Writer will identify, define, develop, write, and submit grant proposals. Primary responsibilities include supporting  TreePeople’s government grants portfolio from identification to submission; coordinating the preparation of proposals, grant applications, and coordination of requisite reports; providing strategies and support for researching, identifying, developing, responding to, and tracking public grant opportunities; working closely with the Controller and Acting CFO, directors, and managers across the organization on relevant grants.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Support TreePeople’s public grants program;
  2. Provide strategies to proactively identify, apply, and execute public funding opportunities, including federal, state, and local grants;
  3. Develop, maintain, and enhance relationships with public funding agencies, professional governmental associations, and other public funding entities;
  4. Coordinate with key TreePeople team members to develop, plan, write, and submit grant proposals for new and existing programs;
  5. Regularly communicate with directors and project managers within the organization to help monitor alignment of project progress, deliverables, and timeline to ensure project compliance;
  6. Advise and coordinate on development and writing or co-writing of interim and final reports for funded programs, including meeting with/interviewing directors, managers, and team members regarding progress of grant funded projects;
  7. Represent TreePeople in project development with partners and project negotiation with funding agencies of resulting grants, contracts, and agreements;
  8. Develop, interpret, and apply TreePeople’s policies and procedures for grants and projects;
  9. Actively and regularly identify potential funding sources and opportunities for environmental programming;
  10. Stay abreast of significant funding trends related to the environment, including specific opportunities that are in preliminary stages of development;
  11. Work with program and finance team to maintain records of activities, compliance, and budgets as they relate to reports on awarded grants;
  12. Support special campaigns and initiatives and work collaboratively with various departments by preparing proposals and reports as needed;
  13. Work closely with the Controller and Acting CFO, directors, and managers across the organization as needed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  1. BA/BS or higher degree in English, Environmental Studies (water, forestry, urban sustainability), public health, policy or a related field;
  2. Minimum of 3-5 years grants writing and/or management experience;
  3. Demonstrated leadership and supervising skills, especially working with environmental non-profit organizations;
  4. Excellent written and oral communications;
  5. Excellent presentation skills;
  6. Excellent organizational skills and familiarity with grant tracking systems;
  7. Positive attitude and team spirit;
  8. Demonstrated experience working with public funding agencies.

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  1. Ability to meet tight deadlines and work under high pressure;
  2. Demonstrated problem solving skills and attention to detail;
  3. Strong partnership building and relationship maintenance skills;
  4. Willingness to collaborate with others;
  5. Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and secure external funding;
  6. Ability to write complex grants that incorporate cutting-edge research, best practices, and science-based data;
  7. Experience in design or implementation of programmatic work;
  8. Track record of applying for, managing, and executing large and complex grants;
  9. Experience working in Salesforce.

This is a FULL-TIME, exempt, regular position with excellent benefits.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Open until the position is filled.

JOIN THE TREEPEOPLE TEAM, APPLY AT:

Please apply here →

* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SUMMARY

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that 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.

To achieve our mission, TreePeople is committed to engaging in direct organizing efforts to inspire, engage and support climate resilient communities. To be true partners in these communities, many of which are facing ongoing economic and environmental distress, we thoughtfully engage in understanding their unique needs and work alongside them to achieve our shared goals.

TreePeople is currently seeking a Project Manager who will be responsible for a wide range of activities associated with the identification, planning and implementation of community-led urban greening projects, including green streets, schools, parks and residential landscapes.  Job duties center on management of contractors and coordination with public agencies as well as community outreach and coalition building.

Most immediately, the Project Manager will be chiefly responsible for oversight of a community-driven planning project within Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Manage and contribute to community-led planning, design and construction of park and urban greening projects, such as green streets, schools, parks and residential landscapes.
  2. Support contractor selection, such as landscape architects, engineers and other consultants.
  3. Manage contractors as needed to meet project deliverables.
  4. Develop and manage complex project budgets.
  5. Develop a presence in the community by building trust, buy-in and cooperation with community entities, such as community-based groups, elected officials, faith based organizations, schools and others.
  6. Coordinate culturally relevant community organizing activities, including community workshops, with public partners and contractors to collect authentic, meaningful, relevant, and actionable community and stakeholder input.
  7. Review and organize community input and data collected to inform project development.
  8. Coordinate and facilitate one-on-one meetings with public agencies, community stakeholders and contractors as needed.
  9. Build consensus between agencies and community stakeholders.
  10. Review iterations of planning documents for thoroughness, soundness of recommendations, and compliance with relevant policies and regulations.
  11. Support preparation of project progress reports to agencies and funders.
  12. Participate in and help to lead volunteer restoration events and activities, such as removal of invasive species, native seed collection and planting of native vegetation.
  13. Participate in identification and evaluation of new projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. BA/BS Degree or equivalent experience; a Landscape Architectural, Urban Planning or similar degree is a plus.
  2. A minimum of 2 years of experience in project management, urban planning, landscape design, construction management or similar work.
  3. A passion for TreePeople’s mission and a passion for social and environmental justice are essential.
  4. Strong oral, written and graphic communication skills.
  5. Experience in hiring and managing design professionals and construction contractors.
  6. Experience working for or with community based organizations and public agencies.
  7. Experience planning and facilitating community workshops.
  8. Ability to manage complex projects from start to finish with a low level of supervision.
  9. Ability to collaborate and function well as a team member.
  10. Self-starter, determined, and independent worker.
  11. Ability to multi-task, meet schedules, and achieve long term goals.
  12. Project budgeting experience.
  13. Experience in working with underserved communities and an interest in park equity.
  14. Experience working with community members, collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests.
  15. Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  1. Understanding of communities and stakeholders adjacent to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.
  2. Familiarity with urban planning and landscape architecture principles.
  3. Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  4. Spanish skills strongly preferred, other foreign language skills a plus.
  5. Non-profit experience is desirable.
  6. Strong computer skills required. Familiarity with Adobe CS, GIS or AutoCAD a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

This position requires standing, walking, driving, as well as the ability to lift up to 40 pounds and participate in occasional ecological restoration landscaping activities, such as invasive species removal, digging and planting.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

This is a full time, exempt, regular position with benefits.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open until the position is filled.

JOIN THE TREEPEOPLE TEAM, APPLY AT:

Please apply here →

* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

JOB TITLE:

Senior Manager of Community Organizing

REPORTS TO:

Reports to the Director of Education and Community

JOB SUMMARY:

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that has played a leading role in mobilizing Angelenos, private businesses and government agencies to work together to support resilient urban communities capable of withstanding the mounting challenges of climate change.

To achieve our mission, TreePeople is committed to engaging in direct organizing efforts to inspire, engage and support climate resilient communities. To be true partners in these communities, many of which are facing ongoing economic and environmental distress, we thoughtfully engage in understanding their unique needs and work alongside them to achieve our shared goals.

TreePeople is currently seeking a highly motivated Senior Manager of Community Organizing to lead our community organizing team and continue to strengthen our community organizing strategy and efforts with community members across Los Angeles.

This individual will work closely with the Director of Education and Community to implement a robust community organizing strategy that connects community to healthy trees, water, and soil with a focus on addressing local environmental issues and building community resilience to climate change.

TreePeople seeks a candidate with experience in environmental and equity issues in the LA Region, and who has a strong background in engaging local communities in one or more of these areas: Southeast LA, Gateway Cities, South LA, and the Northeast San Fernando Valley.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide leadership in community organizing efforts, including guiding TreePeople’s overall organizing strategy and overseeing TreePeople’s team of community organizers
  2. Implement, oversee, and continue to refine TreePeople’s Community Organizing Plan, which will guide the organization’s engagement efforts around community-centered climate resilience mitigation and adaptation
  3. Guided by the Community Organizing Plan, conduct outreach to community members, leaders, groups, and other stakeholders in economically and environmentally stressed communities to solicit input, identify needs and vulnerabilities, and ensure that diverse perspectives be included in the development of climate resiliency projects and implementation.
  4. Oversee implementation of a Community Forester Model that integrates climate resiliency mitigation and adaptation -
  5. set target metrics for each area we are organizing in for number of community foresters and manage team to meet those targets.
  6. Develop and maintain a plan that identifies climate resiliency strategies to integrate priorities for communities, municipalities, and region through partnerships and extensive networks.
  7. Develop and maintain strategic partnerships.
  8. Support community-based orgs and community champions with ongoing education, technical assistance and mentoring resulting in capacity building.
  9. Prepare and provide presentations to various stakeholders including community groups, institutions, water agencies, government associations.
  10. Management and oversight of all contract staff and subcontractors, contract compliance and participation or observation of all deliverable activities for monitoring and quality assurance.
  11. Complete reports including quarterly reporting to funders.
  12. Provide ongoing research, background information, and analytical support for program management; including but not limited to drafting new proposals, writing briefs, literature reviews.
  13. Work closely with Director of Education and Community to fundraise for the community organizing department via government grants, foundations, individuals, etc.
  14. Participate in meetings, coordinate programmatic input and write and review briefs to prepare organizational Leadership for high-profile meetings and events.
  15. Lead special projects as needed including managing grants.
  16. This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications across TreePeople’s teams, sub-teams, grantees, and partners in the field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. BA/BS Degree or equivalent experience in Program Management, Political Science, Social Sciences or related field
  2. Experience community organizing in environmentally and economically stressed communities
  3. Strong leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills
  4. Aptitude for interacting collaboratively
  5. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  6. Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of insurance.
  7. Proven track record of verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, leadership abilities, nonprofit business acumen, and detail-oriented approach with the ability to establish credibility, trust and rapport with employees and other partners.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  1. Community Organizing: Highly skilled at engaging diverse communities, including low-income communities of color
  2. Facilitation: Proven ability to facilitate community engagement and participatory decision making, and to develop strategies for integrating diverse priorities into projects and programs.
  3. Communication: Experience developing effective education and engagement communication tools tailored to a variety of audiences, including strong writing skills.
  4. Presentation: Excellent presentation skills/experience presenting at workshops, community and agency meetings.
  5. Collaboration: Experience developing relationships and facilitating ongoing dialogue with agencies, municipalities, elected officials, and NGO stakeholders. Works independently, handles multiple priorities and tight timelines.
  6. Strategic and dedicated approach to complex problem-solving.
  7. Ability to remain flexible and adapt to multiple processes prone to change.
  8. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and identify (and present) implications for programmatic priorities.
  9. Demonstrated knowledge in relevant area.
  10. Experience in project management or development.
  11. Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, tracking and managing projects and grants.
  12. Knowledge of policy, environmental, equity and education policy issues.

JOIN THE TREEPEOPLE TEAM, APPLY AT:

Please apply here →

* TreePeople is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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