Manager of Urban Forest Programs

Washington D.C.
Oct 03, 2018
Nov 07, 2018
Full Time

SUMMARY:  The individual selected will manage implementation of American Forests’ tree-planting and other volunteer events in the U.S.; manage the National Champion Trees Register; develop and process agreements with project partners; manage approved content on Vibrant Cities Lab; assist with larger event coordination and policy initiatives; collect and synthesize content for communications; support the broader Community ReLeaf program and other duties as assigned.

REQUISITE EDUCATION OR CERTIFICATIONS: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in urban forestry, natural resource management, forestry, environmental science, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, city planning or another related field. Urban forestry knowledge and experience is preferred. Arborist certification is a plus.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban resilience and sustainability. The candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be detail oriented for managing event logistics and a national database, be proficient in Microsoft Office and have experience or a demonstrated capacity for organizing volunteer events.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Regular travel will be required outside of the Washington, DC area. Most work will be in a general office environment, with some local meetings outside of the office. American Forests is located in downtown Washington, DC within walking distance of Metro stations on all lines, multiple bus lines, and Capital Bikeshare.

SPECIFIC DUTIES: Working under the supervision of the Director of Urban Forest Programs, the individual is responsible for the following:

  1. Volunteer Event Management: Lead the planning and execution of volunteer tree-planting events in communities, and periodically rural landscapes, across the U.S. These projects often engage local government agencies, local non-profits, and corporate volunteers. Advance development of these events involves event planning and coordination, as well as integrating communications and other professional services. Execution of the event involves on-site representation and managing run-of-show for American Forests and dignitaries, as well as media and videography.
  2. National Champion Trees Register: Manage the National Champion Trees Register, which includes database management of a centralized registry, an annual nomination process, and active networks of state coordinators and tree measurement experts. Coordinate with other departments regarding communications and fundraising efforts related to the register.
  3. Agreements and Contracts: Using established templates, develop grant agreements and contracts with project partners. Process through to execution by both parties and track reporting deadlines.
  4. Vibrant Cities Lab: Manage content updates and functionality of the Vibrant Cities Lab website ( This includes uploading approved new content as directed, removing outdated content, copy editing, and monitoring for broken external links.
  5. Program Support: Support overall implementation of American Forests’ Community ReLeaf program, which is the brand for all urban forestry programs at American Forests. Assist in planning and executing larger partnership events and policy initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. Assist as needed in developing action plans, urban tree canopy analyses, funding, local advocacy and communications for the Community ReLeaf program. 
  6. Research and Communications: Assist as needed in the collection and synthesis of content for communication products focused on urban forestry. These could include research findings, case studies of diverse cities, in-depth topical investigations, federal programs, and integrating urban forestry into diverse disciplines.
  7. Miscellaneous: Complete other duties as assigned, including periodic support for development and communication efforts and new initiatives as they emerge.

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

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