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TITLE: Education Specialist (Part Time)


CONTRACT DURATION: November 15, 2022 – May 2023

HOURS: Monday-Friday, up to 25 hours per week. Some weekends as needed

SUPERVISED BY: Green Space Program Manager


PAY: $25/hour

LOCATION: Position will primarily work at Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon

START DATE: November 15, 2022



Friends of Trees (FOT) is seeking a Part-Time Education Specialist to assist in the design and implementation of our Conservation Education Class at Chemawa Indian School. This position will serve as the primary instructor for this unique workforce development course at Chemawa that focuses on wetland enhancement and exposure to jobs in the green sector. Ideal candidates will be enthusiastic about working with high school-aged youth, confident working outdoors in inclement weather, and have a background in outdoor education and/or native plant restoration. This position will work primarily in Salem.


  • Plans and leads educational programming with Native American high school students
  • Designs lesson plans that follow the syllabus provided by Friends of Trees
  • Provides weekly written progress reports to FOT staff and Chemawa administration
  • Meets with FOT staff on a regular basis to update on class progress, share thoughts or concerns, and co-work upcoming lesson plans
  • Coordinates field trips and arranges for industry professionals to come present to the class 
  • Initiates and conducts site preparation, planting, and maintenance activities alongside students
  • Adheres to FOT’S safety protocols, and upholds a safe working environment 
  • Supports FOT staff with the curation of species lists and implementation of wetland enhancement plans
  • Maintains student gear and keeps track of inventory
  • Other duties as assigned


  • The candidate must pass federal employee hiring requirements
  • Well organized with excellent time management and communication skills
  • Skilled in collaboration and teamwork
  • Positive, flexible attitude and sense of humor
  • Familiarity and willingness to learn about native plant restoration techniques and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest
  • Experience working with youth or creating and/or implementing educational programming and curriculum
  • An understanding of equity and how systems of oppression continue to impact low resource communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a racial equity lens to environmental stewardship and outdoor education programming
  • Ability /to do physical work including lifting large trees and tools in a repetitive motion for long hours outside in a variety of weather conditions
  • Have a desire to work both outdoors and in an office environment
  • Skilled in using MS Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Excel and Access) and Google Suite (Mail, Calendar, etc)
  • First Aid certification or willingness to obtain one
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record


  • Experience working with Native youth
  • Experienced in implementing restoration projects and/or demonstrated background in natural resources
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, Salesforce, or Adobe Illustrator
  • Able to speak a language other than English
  • Knowledgeable about or interested in trees and native plants


To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references (limit 2 pages total) to Michelle Yasutake, [email protected] by 11:59 pm on 10/25. Applications will be reviewed as they come in – early submission is encouraged!

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. 

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees and healthy urban green spaces based on racial and socioeconomic status, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

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.