Become a TreeFolk

 

Would you like a job where you work to bring people and trees together? TreeFolks is a fun, professional workplace full of folks who love trees. We post our seasonal positions in late Summer and post our regular positions as they come available.

We offer internships for specific projects and post them on this page. If you are a student and you would like to propose a project, please email: admin@treefolks.org

See Open Positions Below

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NeighborWoods Intern (part time, unpaid)

 

About TreeFolks

TreeFolks is currently seeking a summer intern to support the NeighborWoods Program, which delivers free trees to homes and businesses throughout Austin in an effort to combat the urban heat island effect.  This is an 8 week paid internship working 10-15 hours per week and will begin in the spring.  The objectives of this internship are to produce an annotated bibliography of urban forestry growth and survival monitoring literature, assist with research design, and gather field data.  TreeFolks will use data collected by this internship project to publish a study on the long-term survival and benefits of privately maintained street trees in Austin, Texas.

TreeFolks empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.  In its 27 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 both the Lost Pines in Bastrop County and the Blanco River in Hays County.

Responsibilities include:

  •       Assemble literature review of urban forestry monitoring studies
  •       Assist the NeighborWoods Program Coordinator in preparing a process for private land tree inventory and monitoring
  •       Conduct field inventory assessments and report data
  •       Assist with data preprocessing and analysis
  •       Assist with preparation of results for publication

Learning objectives:

  •       Understand urban forestry inventory best practices
  •       Professional research design and practical implementation of statistical methods

Qualifications:

  •    Must be currently enrolled in an accredited University
  •    Experience researching, reading, and summarizing peer reviewed academic journal articles
  •    Proficiency with computer systems including Microsoft Office Suite
  •    Ability to work outside in the Texas heat and walk at least 3 miles daily required
  •    Knowledge of local tree species and/or willingness to learn
  •    Basic familiarity with principles of statistical analysis a plus
  •    GIS experience a plus
  •    Driver’s license in good standing required

Expected Start and End Dates: Anticipated May/April 2018 until ?

Commitment: available for academic credit, 10-15 hours weekly for 8 weeks

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and references to jobs@treefolks.org.  Please include “NeighborWoods Internship Application” in the subject line.  No phone calls.

Web Development Intern (part time, unpaid)

The Web Development Intern will work closely with the Communications Coordinator and TreeFolks staff on a variety of digital projects. The intern will conceptualize and manage the organization’s website and assist with Sales Force integration.

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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

     The objectives of this internship are to

  •      Support the maintenance and updating the back-end of our WordPress website.
  •      Work closely with the Communications Coordinator and TreeFolks staff to develop content for the TreeFolks public website, SalesForce integration, and enewsletters.
  •      Limited copywriting and editing of website and newsletter content.

Requirements:

  •      Must be currently enrolled in an accredited University
  •      Proficiency in technical web development tools (WordPress, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.) and firm grasp of the back-end and digital space.
  •      Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop.
  •      Proficiency in in Microsoft Office and social media platforms.
  •      Familiarity with My Emma and SalesForce
  •      Knowledge of HTML or other digital coding.
  •      Impeccable grammatical, spelling, and proofreading abilities.
  •      Effective communicator – both written and oral.
  •      Ability to work independently as well as in partnership with a team.
  •      Ability to define and work to deadlines.
  •      Be self-directed and willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented.
  •      Enthusiasm for the mission of the organization

Expected Start and End Dates: Anticipated May/April 2018 until ?

Commitment: available for academic credit, 15-20 hours/week (2-3 days/week)

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

Grant Writing Intern (part time, unpaid)

The grant writing Intern will work closely with the Operations Director to learn how to properly research, write, and edit grant proposals.

 

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 2.5 million trees to shade urban streets, beautify neighborhoods, clean air and water, and reforest the Lost Pines in Bastrop County.

Interns will work directly with the Operations Director. Whether through email or in person, the senior team is available to clarify questions necessary to complete a project.

Responsibilities:

  •   Research available and applicable grants
  •   Update spreadsheet outlining grantor requirements and application deadlines
  •   Assist in compliance and reporting requirements for grantors/funders
  •   Draft full grant proposals for submission
  •   Write solicitations for potential donors
  •   Write compelling nonprofit documents in preparation for grant

Qualifications:

  •    Must be currently enrolled in an accredited University
  •   Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •   Personal qualities of initiative, organization, completion, self-motivation, reliability, flexibility, curiosity, energy and collaboration
  •   Ability to work with a range of people and show sensitivity to individual differences
  •   Prefer challenges that involve communication, are people-oriented, promote networking and socializing, and include roles that call for imagination.
  •   Commitment to the mission

Expected Start and End Dates: Anticipated May/April 2018 until ?

Commitment: available for academic credit, 15-20 hours/week (2-3 days/week)

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and a writing sample to jobs@treefolks.org. No phone calls please.

Events and Communications Intern (part time, unpaid)

Position Description

As Events and Communications Intern, you will work in partnership with the Development Director. The objectives of this internship are coordinate fundraising events, develop community partnerships, and manage communications activities.

The Events and Communications Intern will assist in events planning, community and business outreach, and communications, including social media and marketing. This is a part time (10-15 hours weekly), unpaid position and will report to the Development Director.

About TreeFolks

TreeFolks empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees.  In its 28 year history, TreeFolks has facilitated the planting of more than 2.5 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

  •       Assist in planning TreeFolks fundraising events including the Winter Solstice Party (December 15) and Earth Week activities (mid-April)
  •       Research and contact potential event venues and vendors, request quotes, and work with Development Director in securing vendor services
  •       Research and contact potential in-kind donations which may include food, beverage, entertainment, and silent auction items
  •       Coordinate Earth Week activities with participating community partners and businesses
  •       Promote Earth Week activities through social media, press releases, and outreach
  •    Write content for social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), email newsletter, blog posts, and press releases
  •    Maintain list of media and marketing contacts
  •       Assure TreeFolks and its mission, programs, products, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive manner

Qualifications

  •    Must be currently enrolled in an accredited University
  •    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 contribute and work as a team member within the organization

Expected Start and End Dates: January-May 2018; June – August 2018; September-December 2018

Commitment: available for academic credit, 15-20 hours/week (2-3 days/week)

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

Education Evaluation and Planning Intern (part time, unpaid)

The Education Intern works directly and closely with the Education Coordinator. This is an unpaid position that will introduce interns to planning, executing and evaluating educational events in an environmental non-profit setting. The Education Intern will also develop and implement a project that evaluates the educational strategies and materials used during tabling events. The evaluation process will include conducting a literature review, interviews with other non-profit educator that use tabling for educational and outreach purposes, and testing new strategies. The intern will summarize findings and recommendations into a written report and submit it to the Education Coordinator.

 

About TreeFolks:

TreeFolks is a local nonprofit that empowers Central Texans to build stronger communities through planting and caring for trees. We offer a variety of educational programs, including tree ID walks, tree mapping events, tree climbing events, a 6 month long Urban Forest Steward course and volunteer trainings. The Education Program also tables at events, offering tree information materials in order to reach out and engage people interested in trees and tree care.

 

Supervisor Accessibility:

Interns work directly with the Education Coordinator. The Education Coordinator and other staff are available to clarify questions necessary to complete a project.

Responsibilities:

  •   Assist with revising and developing educational materials for tabling at public events
  •   Evaluate tabling policies for outreach and educational purposes, and summarize findings and recommendations for improvement in a report submitted to the Education Coordinator
  •   Assist the Education Coordinator in collecting and synthesizing educational evaluation data for report narratives
  •   Communicate and coordinate with volunteers to plan tree ID walks, tree mapping and tree climbing events
  •   Work with the Education Coordinator to plan Urban Forest Steward class sessions by making room reservations, uploading files to Google drive, and collecting student learning data
  •   Load equipment and saplings needed for educational community events (Sapling Days, Tree ID hikes, Tree Mapping)
  •   Tend to saplings by watering, moving saplings in and out crates, and re-planting them in a raised bed.

Qualifications:

  •   Must be currently enrolled in an accredited University
  •   Be interested in environmental education, tree biology & green infrastructure, and environmental non-profit management models
  •   Ability to concentrate and complete projects in a fast paced professional environment
  •   Self-motivated and highly organized, focused, reliable and energetic
  •   A strong communicator – written and oral.
  •   Ability to take direction well from Coordinator and Staff
  •   Ability to communicate via email and phone clearly with vendors, volunteers, and TreeFolks staff
  •   Ability to lift 40 pounds
  •   Ability to tend saplings (watering), move saplings in and out of milk crates, and re-plant them in a raised bed

Expected Start and End Dates: ASAP or January 2018- until end of spring semester/May

Commitment: available for academic credit, 10-15 hours/week (2-3 days/week)

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