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Community Nursery Specialist

Our City Forest


Opportunity summary

Term length

9/5/2024 - 8/2/2025

Application window

4/1/2024 - 8/20/2024


San Jose, California

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Engage the public at the Community Nursery and care for hundreds of biodiverse trees and shrubs species. The Nursery connects urban residents with environmental programming and teaches people the importance of tree care, native landscapes, and plant propagation. 

Opportunity description

Become trained on the best practices of maintaining a green and healthy urban forest in the Silicon Valley. Strive to build capacity in the community and maximize volunteer participation in local ecosystem restoration. Educate residents on the importance of environmental stewardship. Cultivate shrubs, grasses, and trees. Implement best nursery practices through invasive species removal. There are as many as 8 openings for this position.


  • Education benefit
  • Healthcare
  • Mental and behavioral health benefits
  • Child care

Requirements and qualifications


US Citizen, national or permanent resident. High School diploma or equivalent, 18+ years old. Significant outdoor work. Field team members must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be available to work full time, 7:30 am - 4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday.

Preferred qualifications

Valid driver's license. College degree. Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Mandarin. Customer service. Strong written & oral communication skills. Horticulture. Native tree and shrub identification. Irrigation. Landscaping. Landscape design. Irrigation. Graphic design. Education. Community Outreach.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Waterway restoration
  • Reforestation or afforestation
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Tree planting and urban forestry
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Community gardens
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Environmental education and training

Work environment

  • Team based
  • Individual placement
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor