Canopy is a growing urban and community forestry nonprofit with a track record of delivering high quality, innovative, and impactful programs. Canopy staff and volunteers strive toward excellence, equity, collaboration, and gratitude in the work we do, and welcome candidates that share these values. We are seeking a hard working, dedicated person to join our team and grow with us as we aim to accomplish our vision: a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to move, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.
The ideal candidate will have experience in either community organizing or urban forestry, and will develop a passion for both over time. A balance of office work and fieldwork can be expected. Every person on the Canopy team is expected to collaborate on shared goals. Work week will likely be Tuesday through Saturday with early mornings and evenings on occasion.
Duties and Responsibilities
Actively participate in the growing environmental justice movement in East Palo Alto and position Canopy to most effectively address community needs related to increasing tree canopy cover and access to urban nature
Primary responsibility for managing all facets of Canopy’s neighborhood tree planting programs in both Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, including:
Recruit neighborhood residents to become tree champions and work with them to organize community planting events of 20-40 trees often with a post planting potluck/celebration.
Engage individual residents and get them excited about planting trees at their home and in their community
Coordinate volunteers, support staff, partnerships, and other logistical needs related to hosting a Canopy
neighborhood planting event
Collaborate with communications and outreach staff to produce materials and public information for the program and creatively advertise throughout new and existing Canopy service areas
Develop and oversee a plan to provide post-planting care.
Actively track and periodically assess to ensure the success of the program
Manage additional plantings, stewardship activities, and work days as assigned
Assist with overseeing Teen Urban Forester youth interns
Assist with volunteer appreciation and retention efforts, including leading volunteer education sessions
Assist with grant writing and reporting
Perform other related duties as assigned
Qualifications and Experience
Substantial experience in community organizing and/or substantial knowledge or experience in arboriculture, horticulture, urban forestry, landscape management, design, or related fields
Bilingual in Spanish/English a must, Samoan, Tongan, Mandarin a plus
Experience organizing and motivating volunteers from diverse communities such as Palo Alto and East Palo Alto
Experience in sales or customer service
Familiarity with issues facing East Palo Alto or a similar community
Comfortable with Google Suite and Microsoft Office
CA Drivers License and several years driving experience
Outgoing and engaging, with outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks independently and as part of a team
Highly organized, and committed to producing quality results
Dependable and dedicated to Canopy’s mission and vision
Flexible, creative, and attentive to details
Self-starter who can proactively and independently solve problems
Physical Activity Requirements
Ability to sit and type, frequently
Ability to bend, squat, stoop, and stand for long periods of time, regularly
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., occasionally
Driving to and around neighborhoods where work is being performed
Compensation commensurate with experience
Medical/dental/vision insurance, sick leave and generous vacation time
Canopy values professional growth and opportunities for professional development
Email resumé and short cover letter to Ann Bilodeau, Member of the Canopy Finance and Fund
Development Committees, at email@example.com. Accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Equal opportunity employer: Canopy strives to engage, celebrate, and reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We value inclusion and equity in our programs, leadership, and hiring practices.
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