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Community Forestry Specialist

Northern Ohio Watershed Corps


Opportunity summary

Term length

10/08/2024 - 09/30/2025

Application window

05/13/2024 - 08/01/2024


Cleveland, Ohio

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Establish and oversee connections and relationships between the Land Conservancy’s Reforest Our City (ROC) program and community development corporations, block clubs, and other neighborhood groups in the city of Cleveland. Lead at least one neighborhood tree planting with an existing neighborhood tree group. Support Tree Stewards training by facilitating educational workshops, recruiting new tree stewards from target neighborhoods, creating and delivering educational content, and maintaining communication with both new, existing, and potential volunteers. Develop and lead at least one new workshop for Tree Stewards. Support tree giveaway programming by leading outreach efforts to homeowners in target neighborhoods and facilitating tree giveaway events. Assist with tree planting and stewardship with Thriving Communities, our urban revitalization program.

Opportunity description

Maintain newly planted trees in the City of Cleveland with the Land Conservancy’s tree crew providing site maintenance, watering, mulching and pruning urban trees 2 day per week from June 1st to September 30th. These tasks include, but are not limited to: Watering trees with (3) 5-gallon pails of water per tree per week, carried to each tree by hand or using a 2-wheel cart. Mulching trees, including carrying mulch to each tree in bins. Weeding tree beds. Replacing stakes and trunk guards on trees. Participate in tree crew planting and tree giveaways 2 days per week in October and November, 2024 and from March thru May, 2025. Assist with ROC project and event documentation including attending and taking pictures at events. Maintain an interactive map using Land Conservancy tree survey data, including tree giveaway data.


  • Paid training
  • Federal loan deferment
  • Eligible mileage reimbursement
  • Full-time members eligible for healthcare
  • May be eligible for childcare
  • Additional training stipend $125/quarter
  • Free attendance to the Ohio Stormwater Conference

Requirements and qualifications


Must have GED or high school diploma; be 18 or older by October 8, 2024. Must successfully pass a National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC). Must be a U.S citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

Preferred qualifications

Possess a valid driver's license. Have an interest in the environmental field such as, stormwater managment, climate impacts, or urban forestry. Demonstrate maturity and cultural competency. Self-motivated and able to work on a team.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Environmental education
  • Urban forestry
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Environmental justice

Work environment

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor