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Community Tree Planting Manager, Friends of the Urban Forest (San Francisco, CA)

By Conni Kunzler | June 13, 2017

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Community Tree Planting Manager is primarily responsible for the implementation of FUF’s Community Tree Planting Program. The Community Planting Manager coordinates with property owners, public agencies and vendors to plan & implement community planting projects.

This position requires a background in arboriculture or horticulture and strong organizational skills. Planting Managers work closely with staff, community members, community groups, government departments or agencies, vendors and FUF volunteers. This position reports to the Program Director.

Planting Manager Duties and Responsibilities

  • Surveys neighborhood to determine site suitability, above and underground utility location, tree species, tree basin readiness and specific neighborhood context.
  • Conducts community meetings for planting groups to explain FUF’s planting process, property owner responsibilities, and schedule.
  • Coordinates with Public Works’ Bureau of Urban Forestry on tree locations, existing conditions and tree species as needed.
  • Communicates with all involved project members.
  • Notifies Underground Service Alert for all new trees as needed.
  • Approves tree locations and marks sidewalks for cutting as needed, observing USA markings and all city guidelines.
  • Coordinates tree species selection, contractors, and material orders necessary to complete planting projects.
  • Collects and tracks all income and ensures that all project invoices for expenses are approved for payment upon receipt and forwarded to the bookkeeper.
  • Collects all necessary completed forms and ensures that all required permits and required paperwork is completed prior to proceeding with any property alteration.
  • Updates and maintains the FUF database with each planting site and tree planted.
  • Coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure adequate volunteer coverage on workdays.
  • Schedules and supervises FUF Planting Leaders for planting events and provides feedback on planting and leadership skills.
  • Coordinates and supervises workdays including map preparation, ensures a safe work environment, and educates and supervises volunteers.
  • Conducts 2-month surveys on all trees planted, and performs necessary tree care including re-tying, re-staking and sometimes replanting.
  • Completes Project Reports in a timely fashion, providing complete and accurate information on accounting and the project narrative, enabling others to invoice and report to funders.
  • Maintains and tracks materials and trees in inventory and provides accurate records as needed.
  • Maintains tools in clean working order.
  • Maintains FUF truck in clean working order.
  • Maintains shed in clean working order.

Other Duties

  • Using design software, creates and updates maps, graphics, spreadsheets and other documents as needed.
  • Keeps up-to-date with all correspondence.
  • Updates database with property owner contact information, planted tree data and other data as needed.
  • Assists in the planning of, attends and participates in FUF special events.
  • Attends neighborhood meetings and special events to promote the value of trees and FUF’s mission.


40 hours per week including some evening and weekend events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry preferred.
  • A background in urban forestry, arboriculture or horticulture.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • ISA Arborist Certification or attained within a reasonable amount of time and maintained through ISA or other educational opportunities.
  • A valid CA driver’s license with a clean driving record and valid vehicle insurance if driving personal car for work.
  • Applicant must submit to a record check & fingerprinting per California Penal Code section 11105.3 as it relates to their work with minors in the Youth Tree Care Program.
  • The ability to lift 40 lbs.


$41,000 – $45,000, depending on experience.
Full-time permanent exempt position, with benefits.

Interested candidates: please email a cover letter and resume to

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