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August 13, 2018

Become TreePhilly’s Program Specialist!

Join us as our Program Specialist!

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Title: TreePhilly Program Specialist

Salary: Minimum Annual Salaray of $40,000 (commensurate with education + experience)
Position Type: Full-time Temporary, 3 year grant funded, Exempt

Read the full description here: TreePhilly Program Specialist

In the next few years, PPR plans to expand the scope of the TreePhilly Program. The program will continue to offer free trees for residential lands, but will also expand efforts to plant trees on park land, engage residents in the planting and maintenance of Philadelphia’s public forested lands, expand the TreeKeepers workforce development program and encourage street tree planting in the areas where residents are the most vulnerable to heat and other stressors.

The Program Specialist will oversee all operational aspects and staff of the Yard Tree Giveaway program, other public programs and marketing efforts related to those programs. The position requires an energetic, self-motivated, and organized person who can work independently as well as collaboratively with the rest of the TreePhilly team/ The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule that includes early mornings, evenings, and weekend work, both in and out of the office.

Essential Functions:
• Managing the Community Yard Tree Giveaway Grant program, including procuring trees; coordinating storage, transportation and distribution of trees; and supervising seasonal staff to solicit applications from the community, choose winning grantees, lead trainings, schedule and staff giveaway events, collect completed grant materials, and distribute grant awards.
• Organizing the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration, bringing together volunteers, staff, funders, local school children, and partner organizations;
• Actively participating in the Philadelphia urban forestry community, including attending conferences, trainings, and meetings;
• Convening stakeholder meetings with local and regional urban forestry partners;
• Developing new programming and outreach mate represented and low-canopy communities, which may include tree care workshops, volunteer tree plantings and volunteer park tree inventories
• Contributing to and maintaining website content, blog, and social media accounts;
• Assisting in management of TreePhilly marketing, communications, and outreach campaigns;
• Submitting annual paperwork for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA and Growth Awards;
• Answering phone calls and emails from Philadelphia residents related to all TreePhilly porgrams and city tree planting processes;
• Attending community meetings and events to promote TreePhilly programs and PPR’s urban forestry work.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Valid PA driver’s license
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, especially Microsoft Excel;
• Familiarity with communication via social media, especially Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram;
• Ability to lift 50 lbs and work outside in adverse conditions;
• Preferred: Familiarity with the City of Philadelphia and its neighborhoods.

Qualifications (Education and Experience):
• Bachelor’s degree in forestry, horticulture, plant science or related field, or equivalent experience;
• Experience with community organizing;
• Experience with volunteer organizing and event planning;
• Experience managing staff;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Additional Information:
• Successful candidates must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

• Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is subject to the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law which requires FBI criminal history background check as well as the Pennsylvania State Police criminal history background check, and Pennsylvania child abuse background check as a condition for employment.

• Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is subject to the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law which requires FBI criminal history background check as well as the Pennsylvania State Police criminal history background check, and Pennsylvania child abuse background check as a condition for employment.

•The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe

Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to PPR.HR@Phila.gov
Deadline to Apply August 31st, 2018.

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