(Harrisburg, PA) TreeVitalize Tree Equity Specialist

Hiring Organization:
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

City:
Harrisburg

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Application Deadline:
March 13, 2020

This is a full time position, offering a very competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package. Please send a resume and cover letter no later than Friday, March 13th, 2020 to: wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Tree Equity Specialist in the subject line.

Western PA Conservancy, in cooperation with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry, seeks a highly motivated, driven, and well-organized individual to help promote urban and community forestry efforts in Pennsylvania. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, exhibit outstanding planning skills, and demonstrate the ability to build trusting relationships with cross-sector partners. Knowledge of urban and community forestry, tree identification, and PA natural resources is desirable. Competencies in equitable community development and environmental justice are highly valuable. A four-year degree in natural resources, or a related degree and equivalent experience are required. Must be willing to travel around PA for site visits and meetings on a regular basis.

The purpose of this position is to further the goals of the Bureau of Forestry’s Urban & Community Forestry Program, also known as TreeVitalize. The TreeVitalize Program seeks to educate citizens and increase quality of life for Pennsylvanians in urban/suburban settings through tree planting and tree care work. TreeVitalize helps citizens understand the myriad benefits of planting trees, the importance of keeping existing trees in the community healthy, and the value of sufficient tree canopy. The program also encourages and provides outlets for citizens and municipalities to take action to improve their urban and community forest.

Specifically, the Tree Equity Specialist will:

  1. Empower TreeVitalize partners and communities to apply the principles of equity and environmental justice in urban and community forestry work across the Commonwealth
  2. Communicate the success of the TreeVitalize partnership and the shared story of urban and community forestry in Pennsylvania
  3. Provide strategic input and direction, assistance, and information to the State Forester’s office, Divisions, and field offices of the Bureau by conducting support activities for the Bureau’s Tree Equity program and related activities