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Communications Coordinator

Position Description

As Communications Coordinator, you will bring your writing style, humor, organizational ability and love of a fast-paced environment to our growing nonprofit. In partnership with the Development Director, the Communications Coordinator will set and guide the strategy for all external communications, website, and public relations messaging and collateral to consistently articulate TreeFolks’ mission and activities. This is a part time (25 – 30 hours), hourly position. Some weekend and evening work will be required on occasion, particularly during planting season (September – April). This position will report to the Development Director.

 

About TreeFolks

TreeFolks empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.  In its 25 year history, TreeFolks has facilitated the planting of more than 2 million trees to shade urban streets, beautify neighborhoods, clean air and water, and reforest Central Texas after natural disasters such as the Bastrop County fires and the Blanco River Memorial Day floods.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the network's discreet audiences in collaboration with the TreeFolks team and constituents
  • Assess the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage all social media accounts including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with assistance of existing staff and interns
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and TreeFolks’ website
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all electronic publicity including ‘Looking Up’ newsletter and email blasts
  • Maintain website and ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted on schedule
  • Serve as media liaison, maintain media contact list, and write and distribute press releases
  • Assure TreeFolks and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive manner

 

Qualifications

  • 4-year Bachelor’s Degree required. Communications or Environmental Science or related preferred.
  • 2 years’ experience in environmental communications
  • An appreciation for the environment and trees
  • Ability to communicate clearly through written correspondence
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and requests and prioritize according to schedule
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to work with a wide array of personality types and community partners
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite and WYSIWYG editors
  • Familiarity with Emma, Squarespace, WordPress, and Salesforce recommended but not required
  • Ability to work some Saturdays and occasional evening meetings
  • Maintain a Texas driver’s license in good standing
  • Ability to contribute and work as a team member within the organization.

 

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing samples preferably in the environmental science or communications fields, and 3 references to jobs@treefolks.org.  No phone calls.

NeighborWoods Program Assistant

Position Description

The NeighborWoods Program Assistant is a temporary, full time position supporting the operations of the NeighborWoods tree distribution program.  The Program Assistant will enter customer data, create tree distribution lists, track tree inventory, create printed materials, assist with tree deliveries and giveaways, and answer questions about the NeighborWoods program, TreeFolks, and trees in general over the phone and in person.  The ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about trees, be able to effectively communicate program guidelines to program participants, energetic, and have a positive, enthusiastic attitude.

About TreeFolks

TreeFolks empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees. In its 25 year history, TreeFolks has facilitated the planting of over 2 million trees to shade urban streets, beautify neighborhoods, clean air and water, and reforest the Lost Pines in Bastrop County.  The NeighborWoods program is a partnership between TreeFolks and the City of Austin to grow and nurture the urban forest by providing free trees and tree care education to the public.

Responsibilities:

Customer Service & Education (50%)

  • Respond to inquiries about the program and provide assistance to participants ordering trees
  • Evaluate properties for tree planting sites using aerial imagery and standardized spacing
  • Collect information from customers and enter data into mapping database
  • Give advice on proper tree care, including planting and species selection

Distribution Preparation (20%)

  • Create, print, label, organize and distribute program materials
  • Maintain inventory of necessary program supplies to ensure availability for distribution

Distribute Trees (20%)

  • Water, label, lift, organize, and carry trees stored in the office nursery
  • Pick up and load trees from local tree farms nurseries using truck and trailer
  • Deliver trees to residential properties or giveaway locations using TreeFolks truck and trailer

Special Events (10%)

  • Assist with special events including community planting events, tree giveaways and educational workshops

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS Degree in a related field
  • Minimum 1 year experience with customer service or other public facing position
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish
  • Basic knowledge of and interest in trees and native plants
  • Ability to repeatedly lift and carry 25+ lbs in all weather over uneven terrain
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Gmail, and Google maps
  • Ability to interpret aerial photographs and maps to estimate available planting sites
  • Ability to clearly and consistently communicate and abide by program guidelines
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to work weekends or evenings with adequate notice
  • Maintain a Texas driver’s license in good standing

 

Length of Postion: September 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Compensation: $16.50 per hour, 40 hours per week. No benefits are provided with this position.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@treefolks.org.  No phone calls.

Reforestation Field Assistant (2 positions)

Position Description

TreeFolks is seeking two temporary Field Assistants to support the Bastrop and Blanco River Reforestation programs, which replant properties affected by the 2011 wildfires in Bastrop County and the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend Floods on the Blanco River. The Field Assistant will assist the Reforestation Coordinators in obtaining survival study data and preparing private properties for tree planting. This is a temporary positions working 40 hours per week and will begin September 7, 2016 with an approximate end date of February 24, 2017. This position reports directly to the Reforestation Coordinators.

About TreeFolks

TreeFolks empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees. In its 25 year history, TreeFolks has facilitated the planting of more than 2 million trees to shade urban streets, beautify neighborhoods, clean air and water, and reforest the Lost Pines in Bastrop County.

 

Responsibilities

  • Assisting in landowner site visits to identify planting boundaries and create a tree planting plan for properties receiving reforestation services
  • Using GPS to mark property boundaries with flagging tape
  • Collecting field data from quality control plots to identify the number of trees survived
  • Directing planting crews to properties and supervising the crews to ensure the use of proper planting techniques
  • Monitoring and recording planting quality by establishing sampling plots
  • Assisting with special events as needed

 

Qualifications

  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work in rough terrain containing post-fire hazards
  • Ability to contribute and work as a team member
  • Maintain driver’s license in good standing
  • Reliable transportation to TreeFolks’ office
  • Ability to contribute and work as a team member within the organization

 

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Expected Start Date: September 7, 2016

Compensation: $15 per hour, no benefits

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to jobs@treefolks.org. No phone calls.