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. Established in 1875, American Forests has been restoring urban forests and forested landscapes for more than 140 years.

American Forests’ (AF) Tree Equity program works to overcome structural legacies of disinvestment that have left lower income and communities of color with fewer trees. 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 coordinating volunteer tree planting events using Tree Equity Score and providing project management support to ensure grant deliverables are met for our Tree Equity program, including activities related to career pathways, urban forestry education, creating and expanding place-based partnerships and developing and deploying our climates and health tools.


The Senior Manager, Urban Forestry works closely with the Senior Director of Urban Forestry to support the Tree Equity department. This individual will ensure there are appropriate systems in place to track progress of deliverables and accomplish the goals and work of the team. The ideal candidate will be committed to continuous process improvement, highly organized, and passionate about delivering high quality service and technical assistance. Primary duties for this position include:

A. Coordinating volunteer tree planting activities with local partners across the United States, in service of key funders
B. Project Management Systems Improvement
C. Developing metrics to track program impact and promoting the Tree Equity program
D. Developing and maintaining a database of programmatic stakeholders including grantees, partners, professional audiences and other key groups or individuals
E. Administering grant reporting assistance, invoicing and other general administrative tasks


Minimum of 1) Bachelor Degree or 2) an Associate Degree with at least two years of experience in nonprofit project management, direct service, association management, planning and implementing volunteer events, program management, business administration and/or urban forestry.


Experience preferred in at least 3 of the following areas: process improvement, operations, nonprofit or public grant administration, tree planting events and project management. Excellent interpersonal, written and time management skills are required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to work under tight deadlines, manage projects to keep deliverables on track, and is detail oriented. Proficiency desired for the following tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Neon or other constituent relationship management software, SurveyMonkey or similar tool, Mailchimp or other email newsletter platform. Candidates with a passionate, persistent, and even tenacious approach to completing tasks and projects are strongly encouraged to apply.


The majority of work is performed in a general office environment, with domestic travel for tree planting events focused primarily in the Fall and Spring and other occasional events. The position will be remote during the remainder of COVID-19 recovery, with the eventual opportunity to work in-person in Washington DC. Staff will be given at least three months’ notice of any changes to that situation. Voluntary travel is likely approved if safety protocols are in place for any events.


1. Coordinating Volunteer Tree Planting Events (50%)

  • In partnership with Programs, External Affairs, and Operations Departments, execute a world class tree planting program that centers our programmatic partners in the work.
  • Lead planning and implementation of volunteer tree-planting events in communities, and periodically rural landscapes, across the U.S.
  • Engage with local government agencies, Girl Scout troops and councils, local non-profits and corporate volunteers involved in tree planting efforts
  • Use established templates to develop grant agreements and contracts with project partners. Process through to execution by both parties and track reporting deadlines
  • Provide on-site representation and manage run-of-show of the events for American Forests and dignitaries, as well as media and videography
  • Cross-department coordination with Development and Communication teams on the delivery of the events.

2. Project Management and Systems Improvement (30%)

  • Create and execute a grant and project tracking/management system
  • Track grant deliverables and alert supervisor if it appears they are not being met on time and within scope
  • Improve and maintain internal filing structure for grant tracking
  • Continuously evaluate and optimize grant administration process for the Tree Equity team

3. Administrative (20%)

  • Ensure all contact information is up-to-date for grantees, partners, and other Tree Equity stakeholders
  • Prepare and compile materials for invoices, reports, proposals, and other projects as assigned
  • Support grant managers in meeting reporting requirements on grants. Coordinate with the operations team to process invoices and other important grant documents in a timely manner
  • Attend staff meetings, retreats, and other organizational functions


Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 references to jobs@americanforests.org. Applications are due Jan 15, 2021. Due to application volume the hiring team may only contact applicants who have advanced to the interview round. American Forests is an equal opportunity employer.