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POSITION TITLE: Fundraising Contractor

We’re thrilled to share this first dedicated fundraising position for Friends of Trees Eugene! We’re excited to work with someone who wants to join us in promoting and supporting community tree planting in the Eugene Metro region. We’re looking for an experienced fundraiser to work with us to  take fundraising for the Eugene program to the next level.

SUPERVISED BY: Development and Communications Director

SUPERVISES: n/a

PAY RANGE:  Hourly, $50/hour – $75/hour, DOE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.

BENEFITS: N/A

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Contracted, hourly. Approximately 50 hours a month for 6 months, some flexibility is possible.

LOCATION: Eugene, Oregon. This position is primarily remote with visits to the Eugene office and planting sites as necessary; we are looking for someone who lives in the Eugene area and is familiar with local businesses and institutions. The Eugene office follows COVID safety protocols per state and local guidelines.

PHYSICAL & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone or printer, for periods of time up to 8 hours.
  • Ability to easily move about in tree planting sites, in both urban and natural areas.
  • Ability to successfully work remotely; you need to provide your own  computer equipment.
  • Reliable transportation to be able to get to and from planting sites.
  • Friends of Trees wants to keep our staff, partners, volunteers, and the public we work with as safe as possible. We are requiring employees, and this position, to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

JOB SUMMARY

As the contract development officer, you will work closely with the Eugene director and Portland fundraising staff to reach new individual and corporate donors, in addition to growing the engagement of current donors. This is the first dedicated fundraising position for Friends of Trees Eugene and the goal is for this position to take fundraising for the Eugene program to the next level, with more and deeper individual donor engagement and significantly increased prospecting, cultivation and engagement of business donors. This opportunity includes the ability to find, cultivate and engage new donors throughout the Eugene/Springfield region. First year fundraising goals of 25-40% growth are attainable and will be celebrated.

This person will plan, coordinate and implement all aspects of a Eugene fundraising program, in collaboration with the Portland fundraising staff and with data entry and some database reporting support from the Portland-based Development Specialist. This position will interact with the Eugene office staff on a regular basis for program information; attending some Eugene volunteer planting events will also be necessary in order to gather program content.

While current fundraising staff will work closely with this position, this position will need to be able to work successfully independently and will drive this programming. The ultimate goal, should this position be successful, is adding a permanent fundraising staff position based in Eugene.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Develop and execute an annual individual donor fundraising plan for Eugene Friends of Trees, including generating original content for fundraising letters. Responsible for all coordination of mailed and electronic appeal letters.
  • Coordinate and support Major Donor efforts involving the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Eugene Director and/or Eugene advisory board of directors; directly participate in major donor cultivation as appropriate.
  • Leverage the Friends of Trees brand with integrity and creativity to maintain and grow business and corporate donors. Manage all aspects of this fundraising area including generating prospect lists; proactively contacting business prospects; build relationships and generate proposals specific to individual businesses.
  • Coordinate as necessary with communications staff to utilize website and social media to support fundraising efforts.
  • Analyze fundraising data through the Salesforce.com CRM system; customize and pull reports as needed.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum 3-5 years progressive experience managing all aspects of a successful nonprofit fundraising program specific to individual and business donors.
  • Solid record of achieving revenue goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, both internally and externally, for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and exercise initiative.
  • Strong working knowledge of CRM data systems, email marketing programs, and Microsoft and Adobe suite of products. Experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • A positive, flexible attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Passion for FOT’s mission.
  • Experience with and dedication to working with diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong working knowledge of Salesforce database.
  • Experience with or strong working knowledge of environmental issues, including environmental/climate justice.
  • Basic graphic design and website management skills.

TO APPLY

Position open until filled. Email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references to Kathy Armstrong with Eugene fundraiser in the subject line.

  • Please ensure your resume addresses your specific qualifications for this position.
  • In a brief cover letter, please:
    • Explore how you would approach this position. What would you do first? How would you split your time each week/month?
    • Provide examples of or hyperlinks to 2-3 pieces of fundraising communication for which you directly created the content.

Friends of Trees inspires people to improve the world around them through a simple solution: Planting trees. Together.

Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers at more than 100 community tree planting and tree care events every season. Founded in 1989, Friends of Trees is in its 33rd season of organizing community tree planting and tree care events in the Portland and Eugene Metro areas.  For more information, please visit www.friendsoftrees.org

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.

POSITION TITLE: Green Space Specialist

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Exempt from overtime. Full-time (40 hours per week). 

HOURS:  Tues-Sat during planting season (Oct-May);  Mon-Fri rest of year (June-Sept). Some evenings as needed. Fairly flexible within that framework, establishes schedule and makes changes known. 

SUPERVISED BY: Green Space Program Manager

SUPERVISES: Volunteers, seasonal interns

COMPENSATION: $50,000 annual salary, eligible for full benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement match, paid time off starting at three weeks’ vacation, 10 holidays, and sick time.

Friends of Trees is excited to be growing our Green Space team by hiring a new Green Space Specialist!

The Green Space Specialist will foster community stewardship through the successful design and implementation of natural area enhancement projects in urban green spaces in partnership with public agencies, non-profit partners, individual landowners, community groups, and volunteers. Additionally, they will coordinate with schools and community partners to deliver environmental curriculum, facilitate conversations, and foster leadership development through our youth programming. Ideal candidates will be personable, creative and adaptable; have a background in native plant restoration and working with youth; and able to juggle multiple priorities at once.

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.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Forms effective, long-standing partnerships to plan and implement enhancement projects
  • Initiates and conducts site preparation, planting, and maintenance activities
  • Implements educational programming with school aged children (K-12)
  • Orients, trains, and guides volunteers to facilitate a positive and safe volunteer experience
  • Coordinates weekend volunteer tree planting and environmental stewardship events
  • Maintains data on plantings and survival rates
  • Coordinates and staffs outreach events to recruit volunteers and share information with public on projects
  • Conducts outreach to private property owners for project implementation and education on watershed health
  • Loads/unloads and drives vehicles to project sites throughout the Portland and Salem metro areas
  • Adheres to FOT’S safety protocols, and upholds a safe working environment
  • Curates species lists for planting events and procures plants from nurseries in the region
  • Secures food donations and other materials to support events
  • Performs summer maintenance using power tools and mulching for long hours in various weather conditions
  • Participates in cross-program committees and subcommittees to fulfill FOT mission
  • Participates in fundraising for Friends of Trees general funds, as needed
  • Assists with grant writing, management, and reporting
  • Contributes content for TreeMail and FOT social media channels, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Well organized with excellent time management and communication skills
  • Skilled in collaboration and teamwork
  • Experienced in public engagement and/or customer service
  • Positive, flexible attitude and sense of humor
  • Experienced in supervising others and working with a wide range of volunteers and project partners
  • 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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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
  • Experienced in facilitating meetings and community conversations
  • Knowledgeable about or interested in trees and native plants

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume (limit 2 pages total) to Michelle Yasutake at [email protected] by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, August 21. 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. References may be requested at a later date.

7/29/22

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time, exempt (~40 hours/week October-May, & 35 hours a week
June-September)
SUPERVISED BY: Neighborhood Trees Manager
SUPERVISES: Volunteers, interns
PAY RATE: $50,000
SCHEDULE: Generally, Tues – Sat (Oct – April), & Mon – Fri, or flexible (May – Sept)
EXPECTED START DATE: mid-October 2022 (or as soon as hired, if possible)

JOB SUMMARY
Works with the Neighborhood Trees team, volunteers, and community partners to foster community and stewardship through the successful implementation of tree planting projects, community tree care programming, and education.

DESCRIPTION OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
● Actively engages in FoT’s commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion centered work
● Initiates, coordinates and oversees neighborhood street tree planting projects in the Portland-Salem-Vancouver metro area–with a focus on Washington County, Oregon
● 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, on-the-ground canvassing, email and virtual and/or in-person meetings
● Coordinates and staffs outreach events to sign up tree purchasers and volunteers
● 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 an adaptable attitude – able to think on their feet and be flexible with changes
● 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
● Experience leading and coordinating community events/projects

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
● Skills and experience in collaboration and teamwork
● Experience with social and/or environmental justice work
● 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 Aliesje King at [email protected] by 12am on Tuesday, September 4th. 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.

 

8/14/2022

Job Title: Field Technician
Status: Part-time (20hrs or less per week)
Supervisor: Neighborhood Trees Program Manager
Salary: $20-24 / hourly depending on experience
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm; Start and end times may vary with maximum of 20 hours per week
Occasional Saturday planting day assistance (7am–3 pm)
Benefits: Not eligible for benefits

Friends of Trees seeks a Field Technician to perform on the ground support and site preparation tasks in advance of tree planting events during the planting season (October-April), and through tree maintenance during the off season (May-September). This support will be primarily done through prepping for planting events via digging holes on public and private properties, yard sign and other supplies delivery, tree moving, planting, and mulching and other field-support related tasks as assigned.

The Field Technician will operate a company vehicle and independently prepare sites for tree planting throughout the City of Portland, City of Vancouver, and City of Oregon City. This employee will represent Friends of Trees, interact with property owners at the door on a frequent basis, and will communicate often with Friends of Trees project managers to relay information from the field.
Strong candidates will have flexible schedules, daytime availability during the week, with flexibility for event support (Saturdays) as needed.

Desired qualifications:
● The ability to work independently and/or with limited supervision
● A valid driver’s license with a good driving record
● Ability to lift 50+ lbs repeatedly
● Ability to do physical labor outside in winter weather conditions.
● Ability to maintain accurate field data
● Excellent scheduling and communication skills
● Well organized with excellent time management skills
● Positive, flexible attitude and a good sense of humor
● Strong map reading and navigation skills
● Experience with customer service
● Knowledge of trees, gardening, or landscaping
● Commitment to actively engage in FoT’s commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion centered work

Planting & maintenance tasks:

● Dig holes in advance of volunteer tree planting events
● Use hand tools such as shovels, rakes, hand pruners, pick axe,etc.
● Mulch and maintain trees.
● Install trunk guards on newly planted trees
● Operate a company vehicle to navigate to multiple project sites daily
● Operate watering vehicle and hydrants during maintenance season (May-Sept)

General staff duties:

● Maintain tools and equipment.
● Submit an accurate record of time to supervisors.
● Help keep tools, tool rooms, and work vehicles clean and in good condition.
● And other duties as assigned.

Application instructions:
Please submit an application form OR cover letter & resume to [email protected] (no more than two pages total).

You can access the application form by clicking this link. A new window will open up.

The Vancouver Urban Forestry AmeriCorps member is the direct connection between Friends of Trees and the City of Vancouver. The AmeriCorps member will work with FOT staff to plan and implement community tree planting and pruning events in Vancouver neighborhoods. Several FOT and Vancouver Urban Forestry staff joined our team first through the AmeriCorps program.

  • Member will receive training to conduct street tree planting inspections for the FOT neighborhood tree planting program.
  • Member will learn volunteer management and planting skills to help lead volunteer planting crews for FOT tree planting projects.
  • Member will learn Tree ID and pruning skills to help plan and implement neighborhood tree care projects.
  • Member will help expand outreach efforts in targeted low tree canopy neighborhoods, support neighborhood tree planting projects, increase volunteer participation, and ensure tree survival after planting.
  • Member will develop, plan, and implement inclusive workshops and volunteer events relating to trees and stewardship of our natural resources.

For more information, contact Jessica George: [email protected] or 360-487-8308

Service Term: Start Date: October 3 and September 15 varies by position.

End Date: Depends or start date 7/31/2023-8/15/2023 (1700 hours to be completed during the 10.5 month service term = 40 hrs./week)

AmeriCorps Member Stipend and Benefits:

  • Monthly stipend of $2,066.86 per month before deductions and withholding.
  • Up to a $6,495 education award that can be used for future schooling or to pay off existing qualified student loan debt (upon successful completion of the service term, subject to federal tax).
  • Basic health insurance (not including vision coverage, and for full-time service terms only).
  • Workers compensation coverage.
  • Assistance with childcare costs (full-time service terms only).
  • Forbearance (temporarily postponing paying off a loan) of qualified student loans during the service term.
  • Payment of interest on qualified student loans that accrued during the service term (paid after successful completion of service term).
  • Serving in a full-time AmeriCorps position qualifies as “employment” towards the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Additional Information:

  • These are 40 hour/week positions.
  • Work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Work locations may vary. Hybrid remote and office available.
  • Positions require working both indoors and outdoors in inclement weather.
  • The service site for the Environmental Education Specialist & Waste Reduction Specialist is not located on a public transportation line, therefore the member will need to provide their own transportation for that position.
  • We encourage you to research housing options in the Vancouver, WA area.
  • In addition to the five member City of Vancouver team, there is a community of AmeriCorps members in Vancouver, WA and surrounding Clark County that you will be able to connect with.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

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.