The Forest Restoration program works in 40 greenspaces around the Metro Atlanta area working to restore urban ecosystems and increase native biodiversity. We do this by removing invasive plants and replanting with native plants with staff and volunteers, educating the public on the importance of restoration work and conservation, and providing training and site management documents to community groups, contractors, and municipalities to allow them to complete restoration work themselves.
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Perform restoration work in greenspaces in the Metro Atlanta area on average 1 day per week including but not limited to vegetation management, invasive removal, mowing, watering, planting, mulching, erosion control, pest control, and debris removal. Drive Trees Atlanta vehicles and demonstrate proficiency with hand saw, pruners, reciprocating saw, brush cutter, machete, hedge trimmer, chipper, string trimmer, chain saw, backpack sprayer, hand sprayer, and skid sprayer confidently. Lead groups of volunteers (including large sponsored group projects) during weekends (at least 2 per month) and weekday projects. Coordinate and oversee Trees Atlanta Forest Restoration events. In assigned sites and/or projects, oversee work completed, monitor progress, conduct community outreach, manage subcontractors, map invasive plants, and develop planting designs and management plans as needed. Coordinate regular projects in assigned sites and source materials and tools as needed. Develop monthly schedule for restoration work in collaboration with the Forest Restoration Supervisor. Create restoration educational materials including online resources, handouts, and signage, teach restoration related workshops, seminars, and classes, and collaborate with Database Manager to share Forest Restoration work with communities, stakeholders, clients, and the public. Be available to assist with other duties and or program departments as assigned.
Two years of experience working in a related field. A Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture, Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Biology, or related field of study is not required but is helpful. Interest and passion for trees, plants (specifically native plants), urban ecology, service to the community, and teaching others. Experience supervising volunteers or subcontractors is a plus. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible for coverage on Trees Atlanta’s insurance policy. Outstanding interpersonal skills, positive attitude, ability to work with diverse populations, and public speaking skills (crucial for interaction with community organizations, volunteers, staff, and the public). Highly organized, self-motivated, and able to independently coordinate the logistics of multiple projects at once. Knowledgeable about the importance of restoration work, and possess plant identification skills. Flexibility to work on an evening or weekend. Ability to conduct strenuous physical activity, lift up to 50 pounds repetitively, and work on uneven terrain. Comfortable working outside in all weather conditions.