NOW HIRING: Green Space Specialist

Friends of Trees is looking for an energetic and dedicated individual to join our Green Space Program. We completed over 70 volunteer planting and tree care events this past season engaging over 4,000 volunteers. Our Green Space staff works directly with the public at volunteer events, helps manage multiple planting and tree care projects, and educates community members about planting and caring for trees and restoring urban natural areas.

Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable; have a background in native plant restoration; and able to juggle multiple priorities at once. Under the direction of our Green Space Program Manager the Specialist will design and implement vegetative restoration and green space planting projects in partnership with public agencies, non-profit partners, individual landowners, and Friends groups in accordance with Friends of Trees’ mission.

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy green spaces. We encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Qualified candidates will be:
• Well organized with excellent time management skills.
• Skilled in collaboration and teamwork.
• Positive, flexible attitude and sense of humor.
• Experienced in supervising others and working with a wide range of volunteers.
• Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Access and ArcGIS.
• Trained in current restoration techniques and very familiar with plant communities of the Pacific Northwest.
• Experienced in implementing restoration projects and/or have academic background in natural resource management.
• Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and do hard physical work outside in a variety of weather conditions.
• Have a desire to work both outdoors and in an office environment.
• Able to work on weekends.
• Have excellent customer service skills.

Key Activities
• Forms effective partnerships to plan and implement restoration projects.
• Works closely with a team.
• Initiates and conducts planting and maintenance projects.
• Initiates and conducts site preparation and maintenance activities.
• Coordinates and oversees weekend Green Space plantings.
• Maintains data on plantings and survival rates.
• Participates in efforts to raise funds for FOT and manage active program grants.
• Implements education projects with school aged children (K-12).
• Orients, trains, and supervises volunteers.
• Coordinates and staffs outreach events to recruit Crew Leaders and educate public on projects.
• Loads and drives trucks to sites throughout the Portland and Salem Metro areas.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday during planting season (Oct-May); Monday - Friday rest of year (June-Sept). Fairly flexible within that framework, establishes schedule and makes changes known

Office Location: 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212. Close to TriMet Bus #6, we have a secured bike area, and we provide transportation to work field sites.

Compensation: This will be a salaried position of $32,000-$34,000 per year. Eligible for full benefits package including fully paid health and dental care; exceptional holiday, vacation and sick time.

To Apply: Email one-page cover letter, one-page resume, and three references as one attachment in MS Word or Adobe PDF to by 5 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017. Please specify ‘Green Space Specialist’ in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

Friend of Trees provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, disability or genetics.



Volunteer Positions

Friends of Trees invites you to join our team as one of our volunteer leaders. It's a great way to help your community while you build your resume and network with like-minded people.

Read more about our volunteer leaders and other volunteer opportunities.


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Friends of Trees is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Friends of Trees is committed to equal opportunity for all persons including staff, volunteers, and clients served without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or familial status, family relationship, sexual orientation, gender identity, association with any other person in a protected class, veteran status, expunged juvenile record, source of income or any other classification protected by law.