Citizen Forester Data Assistant

Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Internship Description


January 8, 2014


Citizen Forester Data Assistant


February 2, 2015


Internship Credit


Kristin Martinez, 313.285.2234

Organizational Description:

The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with neighborhoods, community groups, schools, churches and businesses to grow a greener Detroit through planting and educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy and by building community capacity. For the past 20 years we have been working to reforest the City of Detroit. We are currently planting and distributing approximately 8,000 trees per year in the city of Detroit. We work closely with the City of Detroit’s General Services, Planning and Recreation Departments as well as neighborhood block clubs from throughout the city to complete this work. 

Program Summary:

The Citizen Forester program is a volunteer and education program that was developed in response to the organization’s need to manage the large number of volunteers that come out to participate in the Greening of Detroit’s weekend tree plantings.
As a Citizen Forester, many skills are utilized during tree plantings. A working knowledge of tree identification and maintenance techniques are often necessary as well as volunteer management and community engagement techniques as Citizen Foresters are intricately involved in planting trees, overseeing volunteers and communicating with neighborhood residents. In response to this need an education series was developed by Greening of Detroit staff which includes training in:
• Community Engagement
• Volunteer Management
• Public Speaking
• Tree Identification,
• Tree Identification Fieldwork
• Maintenance and Pruning
• Maintenance and Pruning Fieldwork
• Dendroremediation Overview and Best Practices
These additional courses support the initial day long training that introduces new Citizen Foresters to the Greening of Detroit’s mission, practices and tree planting methods.

Position Summary:

The Citizen Forester Data Assistant will be working primarily with the Environmental Education Manager and Citizen Forester Assistant to create and implement programming surrounding OpenTree Map (see for an example of how this programming is used), a new community engagement and data management initiative being piloted by Green Infrastructure staff in Spring, 2015.