Urban Forestry Tree Equity Planner – Washington State

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Olympia, WA
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Full time Positions
$64,092 - $86,208 Annually
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Urban Forestry Tree Equity Planner. EP3 Recruitment #2023-9-P429 Full-time, Project, Represented position Anticipated Project employment is October 2023-October 2025 Location: Natural Resources Building- Olympia, WA Location and Partial Telework flexibility may be available and considered Relocation Compensation may be available and considered Salary: $5,341.00 - $7,184.00 Monthly Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 9/20/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? Bring your unique skills and creativity to work every single day, in a flexible and mutually supportive work environment among others who share your passions for urban forestry and community engagement. You will teach, inspire, and motivate others to be better stewards of urban forests and expand tree equity in communities across the state. If you love working with people as much as you do working with trees, if you are committed to principles of equity and environmental justice, and if you enjoy working independently as part of a small team, this could be one of your most fulfilling jobs. This year Washington DNR and American Forests signed an MOU that launched the "Washington Tree Equity and Reforestation Initiative: Increasing Tree Equity and Forest Cover Statewide" to improve the health and breadth urban tree canopy in cities throughout the State of Washington in a manner that simultaneously increases Tree Equity while also helping to address barriers to scaling reforestation efforts across the state. Tree Equity is about ensuring all people experience the benefits of trees, correcting past wrongs that have led to inadequate tree canopy cover predominantly in areas with historically and systemically marginalized communities. Tools and data are available to analyze tree equity of urban areas. The Urban Forestry Tree Equity Planner will be responsible for oversight and delivery of all aspects of a two-year workplan for this initiative between American Forests and the Washington Department of Natural Resources including being primary staff support to the Washington Tree Equity Collaborative. This two-year project position will utilize and further evolve technical and strategic methods developed by American Forests to help advance the Washington DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program vision. Located in DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program within the Forest Resilience Division this position will directly work with American Forests, DNR’s Policy team, cities statewide, tribes, and community organizations. Informed by data driven spatial prioritization tools and other information sources, this position will identify communities, develop localized strategies, and provide expert consultation to local partners to increase tree equity - catalyzing change that can be measured by the Tree Equity Score Analyzer over time. The successful candidate will possess the passion, imagination, and leadership skills necessary to pursue Tree Equity on a statewide scale, while also demonstrating the organizational skills and attention to detail necessary to manage complex relationships, financial plans, and programs simultaneously. The successful candidate will also share our vision that creating a healthier Washington begins with the perspectives and meaningful engagement of those most impacted by environmental injustice. Work will be at the intersection of many competing interests and accountability will be to reducing environmental and health disparities at the core of your work product.
Required Qualifications: -A bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, natural resource management, environmental science, environmental justice, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, city planning or another related field AND At least two years of experience in urban forestry, natural resource management, environmental science, environmental justice, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, or another related field. OR An equivalent combination of education and/or experience. -Experience successfully managing and administering grants, contracts, or other partnership agreements. -Experience and skills in customer service. -Experience of effective oral and written communications and can convey messages clearly and persuasively, -Experience in public facing initiatives, community, stakeholder, and partner outreach and engagement to meet a specific objective including public speaking skills. -Demonstrated experience responding to and interacting in a positive, responsive, cooperative, collaborative manner with the public and other professionals (both inter-organizational and interdisciplinary). -Proficient with computers and Microsoft Office applications including Excel and SharePoint. -Experience working with underserved or historically marginalized residents, neighborhoods or communities; firm understanding of social and environmental justice issues. -Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion and environmental justice practices. -Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and public records retention and requests are followed. -Highly self-motivated, interdisciplinary thinker with a passion for urban resilience and social equity.
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