Job Title:
Urban Forest Programs Manager

Department:
Programs

Reports to:
Director of Urban Forest Programs

Updated:
May 12, 2014

FLSA Status:
Non-exempt

Salary Range:
$30,000 – $35,000

Summary:
The Urban Forest Programs Manager position is an early-career or transitional opportunity for a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a strong technical foundation in forestry. Working under the supervision of the Director of Urban Forest Programs, the individual will primarily: 1) Manage the National Big Tree Program and urban industrial lands restoration initiatives; 2) Coordinate day-to-day implementation of American Forests’ flagship urban program, Community ReLeaf, outreach initiatives and potentially new initiatives as they develop; 3) Work with local partners and donors to coordinate forest restoration projects and volunteer tree planting events nationwide, which may require travel outside the Washington, D.C. area; 4) Assist with grants administration for urban forest programs, including reporting and budget management; 5) Collaborate with other departments on activities related to urban forestry, including forest policy, communications, individual giving and corporate partnerships; and 6) Complete other duties as assigned.

Requisite Education or Certifications:
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in natural resource management, forestry science/management, urban forestry, environmental science or a related field. Arborist certification is a plus, or willing to become certified.

Required Experience:
The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a strong technical background in forestry and an entrepreneurial spirit, eager to implement existing national programs and help build new initiatives. The candidate should have strong project management, verbal and written communication skills, be detail oriented, be proficient in Microsoft Office and have experience planning events.

Experience with any of the following is also a plus: implementing forest restoration projects, coordinating educational programs, administering grants, conducting scientific research, using tree canopy analysis software, engaging volunteers and developing multi-media products.

A combination of education and experience will be considered in determining relative candidate qualifications.

Working Conditions:
Some travel will be required outside of the Washington, D.C. area. Most work will be in a general office environment, with some local meetings outside of the office. American Forests is located near Metro stations, multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare in downtown D.C., just south of the Logan Circle neighborhood.

Supervises:
N/A

Specific Responsibilities:

Manage the National Big Tree Program

  • Manage state coordinators and state programs to process nominations, publish the National Register of Big Trees and oversee public awareness efforts.
  • Coordinate the work of the Big Tree Committee.
  • Increase public awareness of the Program by showcasing champion trees, coordinators and volunteers in Forest Files, the American Forests magazine, social media, webpages, the Big Tree calendar, collateral materials and in presentations.
  • Manage and update the National Register of Big Trees online searchable database every six months. Produce the PDF of the National Register every two years, including securing photography, artwork and a designer to create the publication.
  • Work with senior leadership on matters affecting the Big Tree Program.
  • Manage the Big Tree Program budget.

Manage urban industrial lands restoration initiatives

  • Ensure planting and maintenance of existing rail yard restoration projects throughout the country is satisfactorily completed.
  • Develop and oversee new project sites in additional cities.
  • Increase public awareness of the program.
  • Work with senior leadership on matters affecting industrial lands restoration initiatives, including expanding programmatic scope and securing additional funding.
  • Manage budgets related to urban industrial lands restoration.

Coordinate day-to-day implementation of American Forests’ flagship urban program, Community ReLeaf, outreach initiatives, and potentially new initiatives

  • Work with stakeholders to develop tree canopy assessments, restoration projects, outreach efforts, and additional activities to help communities grow and manage their urban forest.
  • Help design, implement and fund education, research and public outreach initiatives.
  • Maintain knowledge of current urban forest policy and management practices.

Work with local partners and donors to coordinate urban forest events and volunteer tree planting projects nationwide

  • Coordinate application process for project selections and grant-making.
  • Make sure urban forest and volunteer events are satisfactorily completed and that all arboricultural work meets ANSI standards.
  • Work with the communications department to document and promote events.
  • Assist with periodically organizing symposia, meetings, and/or conferences.

Assist with administering grants and other financial resources associated with the urban forests program

  • Assist with donor reporting requirements and budget management.
  • Maintain organized files to effectively track finances and reports.

Collaborate with other departments on activities related to urban forestry, including forest policy, communications, and development

  • Provide assistance on Forest Restoration projects in urban areas.
  • In coordination with the communications department, draft content such as blogs, press releases, video scripts, website content and other communications materials related to urban forests.
  • Collaborate with public policy staff to further urban forests policy, including drafting materials and attending advocacy visits with Capitol Hill staff and federal agencies.
  • Collaborate with the individual giving and corporate partnerships departments to help research fundraising opportunities, develop promotional campaigns and draft materials to support fund raising for the urban forest programs.
  • Assist other departments with urban forest related activities as needed.

To Apply:
To apply, send a cover letter and résumé to Ian Leahy at jobs@americanforests.org.