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EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Full-time, exempt (40 hours per week).

SUPERVISED BY: Volunteer & Outreach Program Manager

SUPERVISES: Paid and unpaid interns

PAY RATE: $38,000 – 42,000

EXPECTED START DATE: mid-September 2021 (flexible)

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Volunteer & Outreach Specialist is a fun and fulfilling role for people that love to engage with volunteers and take pride in delivering safe, wonderful volunteer experiences. This Specialist is responsible for recruiting and retaining the individuals and groups without whom the advancement of our mission would not be possible.  The Specialist is mostly behind the scenes – working in the office* using phone and email to engage a large number of volunteers and chatting it up with folks at outreach events in the Portland-metro and Salem regions; there is limited outdoor field work.

*This role is currently remote with occasional needs to come to our NE Portland office.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Recruits, coordinates, and retains a demographically-diverse volunteer base to accomplish Friends of Trees’ mission.
  • Coordinates and attends volunteer trainings and outreach events.
  • Assists program staff to build capacity of existing programs through effective volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Coordinates the following Volunteer Projects, Outreach Projects, Administrative, and General Tasks.

Volunteer Projects

  • Recruits, schedules, and promptly follows-up with individuals and groups of volunteers participating in Friends of Trees events.
  • Recruits & schedules individuals for key volunteer positions in the organization.
  • Helps organize and produce trainings for key volunteer positions.
  • Recruits, schedules, and supervises individuals and groups of volunteers to assist staff with office-based tasks.
  • Continually adjust FOT programming with the support of program staff to be more welcoming and inclusive for people from marginalized backgrounds.
  • Partners closely with program staff to ensure adequate volunteers for trainings and planting events.
  • Collaborates across multiple teams to increase volunteer retention, with a particular focus on retaining volunteers of color.
  • Attends volunteer events to run registration (Portland-Metro and Salem area).
  • Coordinates and implements volunteer recognition efforts (annual picnics, award celebrations, volunteer socials, etc.).
  • Sets up and maintains online volunteer registration systems and volunteers’ personal webpages.
  • Ensures accurate and timely entry of volunteer waiver form information into Salesforce database.
  • Assists in record keeping of volunteer numbers and hours to produce totals in a variety of ways (by individual, by project, by program, by demographic, cumulative over time, etc.).
  • Assists in maintenance of online volunteer/outreach events calendars and forms.
  • Recruits and supervises interns (of all backgrounds and life experiences).
  • Works with VOP team to manage volunteer-oriented webpages on FOT website providing timely and clear information to current and prospective volunteers.
  • Assists with FOT’s system of recourse when a volunteer acts outside of their role for any reason, including but not limited to not adhering to FOT’s Volunteer Rights & Responsibilities or Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policies.
  • Maintains a high level of customer service through all volunteer interactions.

Outreach Projects

  • Schedules, coordinates and attends outreach events to support volunteer recruitment and enrollment of tree purchasers, prioritizes outreach within diverse communities.
  • Helps maintain calendar of outreach events for entire office.
  • Recruits and trains volunteers who assist with outreach events.
  • Gives presentations to community groups as part of recruitment efforts.

Administration

  • Continual refinement of the Volunteer & Outreach Program’s efforts, efficiency and effectiveness to increase capacity for program staff and to maintain a high level of volunteer satisfaction.
  • Actively participates in trainings, Committees, and other efforts to promote diversity and inclusiveness among all facets of the organization.

General Tasks

  • Attends staff meetings and retreats; assists with status reports for volunteer program.
  • Submits accurate record of time and expenses to office manager at end of each month.
  • Helps keep office workspace, tools, lots and work vehicles in good condition.
  • Participates in fundraising for Friends of Trees general funds, as needed.
  • Contribute regularly to content for TreeMail and FOT social media channels.
  • Participates in cross-program Committees and sub-Committees to fulfill FOT mission.
  • Strengthens relationship working with Community Benefit Organization partners, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with volunteer recruitment, placement, recognition, and retention efforts.
  • Mindful of the importance of community-building and building relationships to achieve organization’s mission.
  • Experience working with a wide diversity of people from different backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Interested in learning and growing with an organization that prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Strong written communication skills with ability to effectively combine professional, personal, and persuasive styles.
  • Enjoys speaking with others on the phone and in person and is comfortable doing so at public events and in large groups.
  • Highly detail-oriented and consistent with an ability to keep close track of multiple project timelines.
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to be self-motivated and remain focused in a busy, fast-paced work environment.
  • Desire to work in a collaborative office environment.
  • Skilled in collaboration and experienced with a team-based work approach.
  • Has the ability to lift 25 lbs (loading and unloading canopy/tables for outreach events).
  • Fluent in a wide variety of technology solutions including: Gmail, Microsoft Office, Google Docs/Forms.
  • Positive, flexible attitude and good sense of humor.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluent or proficient in any language(s) in addition to English.
  • Experience with volunteer databases, particularly Salesforce.
  • Proficiency with graphic design a plus, including the use of Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
  • Experience with website development or maintenance, particularly using WordPress.
  • Specific knowledge and experience communicating via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Experience supervising others from a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Knowledgeable of environmental justice, trees, native plants, or gardening.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume (limit 2 pages total) with the subject heading “Volunteer & Outreach Specialist” to Jenny Bedell-Stiles at jobs@friendsoftrees.org by 5:00pm on Monday, August 16th. References may be requested at a later date. In the cover letter, please address the following elements: 1) why you are interested in this position 2) personal or professional experience with equity, diversity and inclusion work, 3) any relevant skills and experience not listed in your resume. 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.

 

July 2021

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, exempt (~40 hours/week)
SUPERVISED BY: Neighborhood Trees Manager
SUPERVISES: Volunteers, intern
Hours: Generally, Tuesday – Saturday during planting season (Oct-April); Mon – Fri, or flexible (May – Sept)
Office Location: 3117 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97212. Close to TriMet Bus #6, #4 and #44, and off-street bike parking area.
Compensation: This will be a salaried position of $40,000-44,000 per year, eligible for full benefits package, including health and dental care; holiday, vacation and sick time.

 

Friends of Trees is hiring a Neighborhood Trees Specialist to join our team to implement community-based, neighborhood street tree planting projects in collaboration with volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators, Neighborhood Associations and other partner groups in accordance with the Friends of Trees’ mission.  Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable; have a background or interest in community tree planting and care; able to juggle multiple priorities at once; and have a desire to work with diverse communities and individuals of all backgrounds.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our mission is to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant, care for and learn about urban trees and natural areas.

Friends of Trees is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. We recognize that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy green spaces. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

***The office portion of this role is currently remote, with access to the office, and in-person, mostly outdoor, events and field work***

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Initiates, coordinates and oversees neighborhood street tree planting projects in the Portland-Salem-Vancouver metro area
  • Orients, trains and supervises volunteers
  • Works alongside volunteers to plant and care for trees
  • Conducts outreach and provides excellent customer service to potential tree planters and volunteers via phone, email and virtual and/or in-person meetings
  • Coordinates and staffs outreach events to sign up tree purchasers and volunteers
  • Assists in training volunteers to do street tree health checkups and maintains data on survival rates
  • Supports tree maintenance efforts, including watering, mulching, pruning, and health checkups
  • Works with databases and ecommerce systems to collect and follow up on tree ordering and volunteer roles
  • Coordinates with and strengthens relationship with Community Benefit Organization and Friends of Trees partners
  • Supports team members on a daily basis as projects, work load, and timelines are constantly shifting
  • Participates in efforts to improve program and organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, retreats, trainings, program improvement discussions and other related work events
  • Coordinates with community and municipal partners to ensure programming meets shared goals and objectives
  • Participates in FOT’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Submits an accurate record of time and expenses to the office manager at the end of each month.
  • Helps keep office workspace, tools, lots and work vehicles in good condition.
  • Participates in cross-program Committees and sub-Committees to fulfill FOT mission.
  • Participates in fundraising for Friends of Trees general funds, as needed.
  • Contribute regularly to content for TreeMail and FOT social media channels, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Well organized with excellent time management skills
  • Excellent people, communication and customer service skills
  • Experience working with a wide diversity of people from different backgrounds and life experiences.
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Able to think on their feet and be flexible and adaptable
  • Dedicated to collaboration and teamwork
  • Have a desire to work both outdoors and in an office environment
  • Committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Able to do physical work outside in a variety of weather conditions, both alone and in teams
  • Able to move large trees and supplies (50+ lbs) repeatedly, with the support of hand trucks
  • Have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Skills and experience in collaboration and teamwork
  • Experience with social and/or environmental justice work
  • Experience coordinating events or projects
  • Experience working with young adults or creating and/or implementing educational programming and curriculum
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Access
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, Salesforce, ecommerce and web-based databases
  • Knowledgeable about (interested in) tree id, planting, pruning and/or urban forestry
  • Fluent or proficient in any language(s) in addition to English.

 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume (limit 3 pages total) with the subject heading “Neighborhood Trees Specialist” to Erica Timm at jobs@friendsoftrees.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 18th. References may be requested at a later date. In the cover letter, please address the following elements: 1) why you are interested in this position 2) personal or professional experience with equity, diversity and inclusion work, 3) any relevant skills and experience not listed in your resume. No phone calls, please.

Friends 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.

 

7/29/21

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.