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Lawn Busters 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

The SVCC Lawn Busters Team will provide environmental education that promotes soil and water conservation efforts. The Lawn Busters program converts traditional turf lawns into drought tolerant landscapes. Converted landscapes reduce water usage for residents, reduce runoff from rain events, create habitat for pollinators and wildlife, and create an understory throughout Silicon Valley.

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. Organize lawn conversion projects, call and email qualified residents, go on-site visits, work with the local permitting office. Host Lawn Bust DIY workshops for residents to promote environmental stewardship. There are as many as 4 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
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Forestry
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Urban agriculture
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Community gardens
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Environmental education and training

Work environment

  • Telework eligible
  • Urban
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor