Colorado Nonprofit Association
The Park People works throughout Denver with communities to plant trees and improve parks for a healthy, resilient future. Join a team working at the intersection of some of today’s most pressing issues – climate change, equity, health, urban sustainability. Help us grow our impact and make a difference for the future, our communities, and the planet.
The Arborist will play an important role within The Park People (TPP) and the broader community. This exciting new position will work closely across TPP’s urban forestry programs and with programmatic partners to meet the growing demand for our tree care, education, and outreach services. The Arborist will report to the Program Director and work closely with other team members across all The Park People’s urban forestry programs. The Arborist will:
Steward young trees in the urban forest via:
- Project coordination involving volunteers and/or workforce trainees conduct tree health checks, mulching, wrapping, and pruning of young trees planted through our Denver Digs Trees, TreeForce, Community Forester, Park Legacy, and Mile High Tree Champions programs.
- Creation of stewardship plans in partnership with other organizations such as Denver Public Schools, National Wildlife Federation, and Denver Housing Authority.
- Oversight of select stewardship activities in implementation of stewardship plans.
Teach about trees, including but not limited to planting, health, and pruning through TreeForce, Community Forester, and Denver Digs Trees programs as well as to community organizations and individuals, ensuring best practices are upheld in partnership with the City of Denver Office of the City Forester.
Support staffing needs of various Park People activities, including but not limited to project planning and implementation, field crew supervision, and other roles.
Coordinate additional work experience opportunities for TreeForce pre-apprentices both within and external to TPP.
Provide tree care guidance and expertise by:
- Representing TPP at professional meetings such as the Front Range Urban Forestry Council, the International Society of Arboriculture, and other opportunities as they arise.
- Staffing TPP’s Tree Care Hotline, responding to resident inquiries regarding tree establishment and health via phone, email, and/or text.
- Consulting 1:1 with residents on tree health issues on site. (Requires driving TPP or personal vehicle with people and equipment)
Manage the fleet, tools, and shed; keeping equipment clean, functional, and organized.
Foster safe working conditions, strong interpersonal connections, and solid professional relationships.
Maintain detailed records of fieldwork, including processing and reporting on data to staff, board, funders, and partners.
Assist with other team duties as needed.
- Demonstrated understanding of tree biology, pruning techniques, and tree care practices.
- Three years of experience in the industry or a combination of education and experience.
- Current ISA certification is preferred, or must be obtained within one year of employment.
- Commitment to maintain certification by enrolling in continuing education courses.
- Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation, as well as 6 months minimum of a clean driving record.
- Ability to lift 50+ pounds throughout the day, stand, crouch, and perform other movements associated with manual labor activities.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite programs.
- Ability to maintain adaptable, organized, calm, and professional manner always.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Reliable and punctual.
- Experienced in teaching, communicating to, and working with people of all different backgrounds.
- Passion for trees, nature, equity, and the ways our communities are interconnected.
- Demonstrated ability to incorporate and adopt new knowledge on the job.
- Friendly, personable, and good sense of humor.
- Desired: Spanish language skills