Under the direction of the Tree Programs Manager, the Community Forestry Coordinator will be responsible for leading Canopy’s tree programs in Palo Alto and Mountain View, primarily by organizing tree planting and stewardship activities with key partners, tracking the work, and delivering on our contracts and grants in those service areas. The ideal candidate will be able to set and meet ambitious program goals, effectively balance office work and fieldwork, and collaborate on shared goals with teammates. This position is an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of urban forestry, to work collaboratively with others, and to affect positive change in our communities and the environment. Work week Tuesday through Saturday, with occasional early mornings and evenings.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primarily responsible for managing Canopy’s tree planting programs in Palo Alto and Mountain View, including:
    • Engaging individual residents and getting them excited about planting trees at their homes and in their community
    •  Work with the Volunteer Engagement Manager to recruit community groups and individuals to become tree champions and work with them to organize tree planting events, occasionally with a post-planting potluck/celebration
    • Work with the Volunteer Engagement Manager to coordinate volunteers and support staff and
      logistics related to hosting tree plantings and engaging volunteers and high school interns in
    • Collaborating with communications and outreach staff to produce public information for the program, and creatively seek out partnerships throughout Canopy service areas
  • Coordinate tree care activities in Palo Alto and Mountain View with other tree program staff
  • Organize and coordinate Palo Alto’s annual summer young tree inventory, the Young Tree Care Survey
  • Track work in Salesforce, Tree Plotter, and other means as needed, managing the data with the Tree Program Manager
  • Together with the Tree Program Manager, report program outcomes to communications and fundraising
    staff, and clients and funders. This includes coordinating and drafting city reports and other grants as
  • Support colleagues with some planting and other events in other cities (Eg. East Palo Alto, Menlo Park,
    Redwood City) as needed
  • Assist with special events, education, and tablings/outreach, especially that relates to work in Palo Alto
    and Mountain View
  • Assist with and volunteer training, appreciation, and retention efforts

Qualifications and Experience

  • Passion for nature, trees, and equitable access to urban nature
  • Knowledge and/or experience in arboriculture, horticulture, urban forestry, landscape management,
    design, or related fields. Arborist certification a plus
  • Experience managing programs or projects, meeting goals and deadlines effectively
  • Experience organizing and motivating others; volunteer coordination experience is a plus
  • Experience using an online database, such as Salesforce. Experience with GIS. Online tree mapping software like Tree Plotter is a plus.
  • Expertise in Google Suite
  • CA Drivers License and several years of driving experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English is a plus

Personal Characteristics

  • Outgoing and engaging, with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional communicator (verbal and writing) with staff, partners, and the public
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks independently and as part of a team
  • Highly organized, attentive to details, and committed to producing high quality results
  •  Self-starter who can proactively solve problems and improve programs

Physical Activity Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally
  •  Ability to bend, squat, stoop, and stand for long periods of time regularly
  • Ability to sit and type frequently
  • Ability to drive a truck and a large van in neighborhoods where work is being performed