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Silicon Valley Climate Corps Member

Our City Forest


Opportunity summary

Term length

9/4/2024 - 8/2/2025

Application window

4/1/2024 - 8/25/2024


San Jose, California

Hourly pay equivalent


Project summary

Our City Forest aims to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth, and maintenance of an urban ecosystem, especially urban forest. Service members will engage with residents through tree plantings, urban forestry, and lawn conversions. They will also help create and maintain urban parks and green spaces by increasing local tree canopy and convert high water lawns to water-wise landscaping that restore native ecosystems. 

Opportunity description

Become trained on the best practices of maintaining a green and healthy urban forest in the Silicon Valley. Build capacity in the community and maximize volunteer participation in local ecosystem restoration. Educate residents on best urban forestry practices and the importance of environmental stewardship. Organize and implement projects that increase tree canopy and promote soil and water conservation. There are approximately 30 openings for this position. 


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

Requirements and qualifications


US citizen or legal resident with a High School diploma or equivalent. Minimum age 18. Must complete required background checks. 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 highly desirable. Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, or Mandarin. Customer service. Strong written & oral communication skills. Horticulture or other knowledge of native tree and shrub identification. Landscape design. Graphic design skills.

Opportunity details

Focus area

  • Natural resource preservation and conservation
  • Biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Waterway restoration
  • Reforestation or afforestation
  • Outdoor recreation access improvements
  • Forestry
  • City parks and greenspaces creation and maintenance
  • Stormwater management
  • Tree planting and urban forestry
  • Extreme heat mitigation
  • Environmental justice
  • Local ecosystem restoration
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Environmental education and training
  • Environmental research and citizen science

Work environment

  • Telework eligible
  • Team based
  • Individual placement
  • Urban
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor