We’re hiring! Community Tree Educator

Meet Zack!
Drought alert: Water your trees!

Charlotte has embraced the mission of TreesCharlotte by helping us plant tens of thousands of trees since our start in 2012. Now, thanks to a significant gift from the Knight Foundation, we are expanding our footprint with our first-ever Community Tree Educator, our full-time resident trees expert. Much of this job is about interacting with the public, whether it’s speaking at events or conducting workshops or appearing on television to talk trees. Since this is a new position, it has enormous possibilities for an innovative, energetic and resourceful candidate to equip future tree advocates. 

Specs of the job

Adult education: TreesCharlotte gets many calls from residents and civic groups asking for tree advice. Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Creating and conducting workshops, classes, tree walks and other interactive events to educate citizens about trees
  • Playing a prominent planning and teaching role at TreesCharlotte’s annual Big Tree Summit
  • Assessing tree needs for NeighborWoods candidates 

Children’s education: Schools love us, too. Duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Growing and enhancing the TreesCharlotte K-5 Tree Champions program, where school educators are equipped to deliver a tree curriculum to students
  • Creating and delivering programming for schools, camps, Freedom Schools and other educational opportunities

Tree preservation program: TreesCharlotte is creating a pilot tree preservation program for West Charlotte, which would help underserved residents care for their aging canopy. This position will take a lead position in developing this program. 

Expertise: This position will provide tree expertise for TreesCharlotte staff and constituents, including writing content for our website and social media. 

Keys to Success: 
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or extensive experience in horticulture, urban forestry, ecology, environmental education or related field of study. Ideal candidate has arborist certification or is willing to pursue
  • Love of trees and competency in tree and plant identification in the Charlotte region
  • Self starter that isn’t afraid to propose and try new ideas
  • Comfort and experience speaking to groups and individuals in an easy-to-understand style
  • Talent working with children
  • Ability to take new concepts and develop concrete programming
  • Develop and manage budgets
  • Skill at communicating tree advice, expertise in writing and video
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends and have reliable transportation to travel throughout Charlotte
Position is full time. Salary: $40,000 annually.
How to apply

Send to info@treescharlotte.org a resume and a cover letter concisely sharing why you would be a good candidate. Questions, email jen@treescharlotte.org.

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