Urban and Community Forestry Technician

Trees Forever

Enviornmental, Landscaping | Full Time | Hybrid | Des Moines

Posted: 4/1/24

Job Description

Trees Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered to hire a full-time
Urban and Community Forestry Technician. The two organizations share the goal to grow healthy, thriving trees and forests. This position will take an active role in helping create healthy urban and community forests across the state. Funding for this position is currently secured for two years with the option to extend the work as funding is available.
The applicant will serve as an employee of Trees Forever and receive supervision from Iowa DNR.

Instructions and work priorities will be agreed upon by the DNR State Forester, DNR Urban Forestry Coordinator, and Trees Forever. Training and support will be provided by the Iowa DNR and Trees Forever.

Deadline to Apply 4/25/24


6200 Park Ave

Essential Job Functions

• Assist with coordination and execution of the Community Forest Grant Program.
o Assist with solicitation, scoring, and distribution of grant funds to communities across
the state impacted by pests and weather events.
o Provide urban and community forestry technical assistance to volunteer leaders, tree
boards and other groups.
o Assist communities with tree selection, demonstrate proper planting and tree care, and
inspect plantings upon completion.
o Assist Urban Forestry and Trees Forever staff in developing communication materials
such as, but not limited to, newsletters, publications, fact sheets, news releases, social
media and the web content.
• Assist with residential tree distribution events
o Work with partners to distribute landscape sized trees to residents at multiple events
each year.
o Inspect tree stock and demonstrate proper planting and mulching techniques.
• Assist cities with urban forestry related activities such as city public/private tree inventories and
canopy cover assessments
• Assist communities by conducting tree risk assessments for the benefit of public safety.
• Provide urban and community forestry technical assistance to volunteer leaders, tree boards
and other groups
• Conduct conservation education programs and plantings


Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to candidates who have education and/or professional experience related to community involvement, ecology, or forest management. Demonstrated experience in facilitating people to reach common goals a plus.


Health, 401K, holiday, vacation and sick leave

About the Company

We care about the environment; about our urban forests, our rural lands, the communities we live in and our fellow citizens. Our nonprofit charitable organization, headquartered in Marion, Iowa, was founded in 1989, and continues today with our commitment to connect people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas.

Our mission – to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship – is fulfilled through cutting-edge programs and innovative practices. Through these, our trained and experienced staff has assisted community leaders and landowners across Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin with thousands of planting projects. Each year, on average, we work with and engage more than 7000 volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. To date, they have helped us plant more than 3 million trees and shrubs throughout the Midwest.

Trees Forever is listed in the Iowa Register of Accountability for nonprofit organizations and is evaluated and rated annually by Charity Navigator, the country’s premier independent charity evaluator. This means that not only has Trees Forever been trained in the principles and practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence, but we demonstrate efficient, effective and ethical operation through good governance and stewardship, consistently executing our mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Together, we are truly Planting a Better Tomorrow!™

Travel Required

yes, within Iowa

Resume Required


Contact Person

Dina Wachendorf

Deadline to Apply 4/25/24

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