American Forests is a national non-profit organization committed to creating healthy and resilient forests from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. We advance our mission through forestry innovation, place-based partnerships to plant and restore forests, and movement building. We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Established in 1875, American Forests is the oldest national non-profit conservation organization in the U.S. working to restore urban forests and forested landscapes.

American Forests is proud to be a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace. These are our shared values. We welcome individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team to help make a difference individually and collectively as we work toward achieving our mission. We are committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful and provides opportunities for advancement and professional growth for every team member.

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Our Tree Equity program works to overcome structural legacies of disinvestment that have left lower income and communities of color with fewer trees and their substantial benefits. Particularly as cities experience increased temperatures and flooding, trees are a critical life-saving and public health infrastructure. Aspects particularly relevant to this position include familiarity with Tree Equity Score and other Climate and Health Tools (including our Climate and Health Action Guide, species selection guide, Career Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Curriculum and our change model based on best practices for building long-term capacity in partnership cities).

Senior Manager, Community Engagement is responsible for supporting direct engagement with BIPOC-led community organizations and residents in frontline communities through outreach, training and deep engagement with American Forests’ Tree Equity tools and programs. This individual will work in close collaboration with Tree Equity staff. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Identifying and recruiting members from BIPOC-led organizations to participate in developing and utilizing Tree Equity tools.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with BIPOC-led organizations to socialize and encourage use of Tree Equity tools and to catalyze city-level commitment to Tree Equity.
  • Supporting the American Forests Policy team in leveraging Federal funding for BIPOC led organizations.
  • Engaging community members and helping coordinate tree planting events.
  • Collaborating with American Forests’ Career Pathways initiative to advance development of the TAZO and Texas Tree Corps.
  • Developing a community engagement strategy for the Tree Equity team.
  • Supporting American Forests Marketing and Communications team as needed.


The Senior Manager, Community Engagement is responsible for the following:

Tree Equity Score Tool Development Implementation (40%)

  • Develop a community engagement strategy and manage direct engagement of BIPOC-led organizations and residents in frontline communities by providing outreach, training, focused response and deep engagement with Tree Equity Score and Vibrant Cities Lab tools throughout the nation, with a particular focus on the Texas Triangle and the Lower Rio Grande Valley; Rhode Island; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT; Sunrise, FL and Arlington, VA for the initial period.  
  • Identify, recruit and engage stakeholders from BIPOC-led organizations to actively participate in developing and utilizing Tree Equity tools, ensuring tools are optimized for frontline community members. 
  • Design and facilitate Tree Equity workshops for BIPOC-led organizations and residents in frontline communities.

Tree Equity Pledge Cities (10%)  

  • Facilitate collaborative engagement approaches that center members of the BIPOC community to make the case for cities to commit to Tree Equity pledges; document processes that are successful.  

Federal Policy (10%)  

  • Support American Forests’ policy team in identifying frontline organizations that should be prioritized for Tree Equity funding.  
  • Help recruit and retain Tree Equity Ambassadors in cities nationwide.  

Tree Planting Events (10%) 

  • Identify and recruit community members to participate in tree planting events, as needed, and support planning and execution. Attend select events as appropriate.  

Career Pathways (10%)  

  • Collaborate with American Forests’ Career Pathways program to help recruit and support Tree Corps members in select cities.  

Communications (10%) 

  • Support the Marketing and Communications department in highlighting work by writing articles and blog posts, doing interviews, and assisting with social media and video content.
  • Strategically identify core aspects of the work to highlight, and identify particular audiences to cultivate.
  • Promote Tree Equity to primary audiences, write articles, participate in interviews and present at conferences or other events. 

Administrative (10%)  

  • Administer grant reporting, invoicing, support grant proposal development and other administrative duties as necessary.  


The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban sustainability and social equity. The candidate should have experience working with diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations on environmental justice, climate resiliency or similar issues. The candidate also should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be comfortable facilitating small and large group meetings, and have excellent collaboration and relationship building skills. Bilingual (Spanish speaking) candidate is strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required and 5-7 years demonstrated experience.
  • Working knowledge and experience in the environmental, social justice or climate change fields is preferred.


American Forests is a Washington, D.C. based organization. The majority of work will be performed in Washington, D.C. or in a remote setting. This position can be fully remote or based in any of the previously listed communities.

Subject to applicable laws, American Forests requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. We will consider requests for accommodation to this vaccination requirement during the recruiting process. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.


Regular travel will be required throughout the United States, including travel to Washington, D.C. for American Forests’ events.


This position does not have any supervisory requirements.


To submit for consideration, please send a cover letter and résumé to jobs@americanforests.org. The position will close on May 20, 2022.

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

If you are unable to submit your resume due to a disability, contact American Forests to request an accommodation or alternate application process.