Community Arborist

Hiring Organization: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Indianapolis, IN
Application Deadline: January 23, 2019

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is an environmental and community nonprofit with a mission to help people and nature thrive. We partner with neighborhoods, local government, universities, community groups, and businesses to achieve our vision of an Indianapolis that is loved, cared for, and ecologically rich. We are also one of the most volunteered for organizations in Indianapolis, working with about 20,000 volunteers each year to plant trees and native landscapes, organize litter cleanups, turn vacant lots into pocket parks, create outdoor classrooms, restore habitat, and educate and employ youth. KIB helps people and nature thrive most effectively when we reflect the diversity of perspectives, voices, and abilities found throughout our city. The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our work—from supporting biodiversity in nature to engaging communities. KIB is an equal opportunity employer that encourages applicants— including persons of color; people who are LGBTQ; veterans; people who are multilingual or multicultural; and individuals of various ages and abilities—to help us create a team with a broad range of backgrounds and thinking.

Job Title:

Tree Planting Arborist


$36,000 - 38,000


Health, dental, & vision insurance (company pays 80–90% of employee coverage); company paid life and long term disability insurance; 403(b) match of 3%; generous PTO and holiday schedule


You will work with KIB’s Community Forestry team to plant approximately 1,000 trees in neighborhoods and parks annually. Community Forestry is KIB's initiative to strategically plant trees throughout Indianapolis. Our goal is to plant 100,000 trees in Marion County. We have planted 55,000 trees so far! Working with a number of partners, including the City of Indianapolis, Citizens Energy Group, neighborhood groups, and corporate groups, KIB is planting approximately 3,600 trees each year.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:

As a community arborist, you will manage and lead volunteers in planting approximately 1,000 trees annually. Tree project management includes marking tree planting locations, selecting appropriate tree species, and ensuring follow up watering of trees for three years. You will work in association with the Community Engagement and Volunteer teams to inform residents of tree plantings and recruit volunteers to plant trees. In the summer and winter, you will accompany the Community Forestry team on out of town trips to identify and tag trees at nurseries. You will update KIBs tree database, obtain flora permits, and schedule deliveries. Up to and including tree planting project days, you will deliver trees and mulch to the project site, gather necessary tools, supplies, vehicles, and trailers for the project, train volunteers in proper and safe tree planting techniques to volunteers, monitor volunteer progress and planting quality, record the GPS locations of newly planted trees, and then return all tools and equipment to KIB and unload.

Your job schedule will vary with season. During project season (March-May, and September-November), planting projects generally occur on Saturdays and weekday evenings. Staff are able to flex time and work an alternate schedule to accommodate evening and weekend hours. On occasion, you may be required to attend an evening meeting with a project partner. Again, flex time is allowed and encouraged to offset the additional evening hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Candidates must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. The essential functions are:

  • Able to lift containerized trees in excess of 75 lbs. on a frequent basis.
  • Able to walk over three miles in a day in various weather conditions.

Other key knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Capable of using, or willing to learn how to use, arboricultural tools, such as shovels, pickaxes, rakes, knives, saws, loppers, post-pounders, etc.
  • Capable of operating, or willing to learn how to operate, large truck with trailer, dump truck, skid-steer, and forklift (or be motivated and able to learn these skills).
  • Skilled at engaging adult volunteers and managing large crowds of people.
  • Able to successfully complete a project on time in association with other members of the Community Forestry team.
  • Proficient or able to become proficient using mapping software.
  • Proficient at commonly used office software programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook email.

Characteristics of a Strong Candidate:

  • Desire to work in the outdoors on a regular basis in all types of weather! Leadership, clear communication, courteous, individual initiative, self-motivation, attention to detail, highly organized, concern for workplace safety, love of the outdoors, professionalism.

Additional Attributes of Strong Candidates:

Exhibit KIB’s Cultural Values of Teamwork, Responsibility, Excellence, Openness, Balance, and Joy.

Education and/or equivalent experience:

Relevant experience and/ or education. Strong candidates will have experience leading volunteers and experience

working outdoors. ISA Certified Arborist is a plus (minimally must be interested in working toward this credential).

Licenses or certifications required:

Valid U.S. Driver’s License.

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