Community Trees Project Coordinator

Hiring Organization: The Morton Arboretum
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Lisle, IL
Application Deadline: January 1, 2017

Position Summary:

Provide special project-based support, coordination, and organization for the Community Trees Program.  Special projects will typically be based on grants received by the Community Trees Program and/or the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.  Support the Community Trees Program by meeting specific needs of the program’s work plan.  The Community Trees Program helps community groups who seek to foster healthy and sustainable urban and community forests improve tree health and management practices to enhance the health, beauty, and livability of their communities, and advance the mission of The Morton Arboretum.  Funding for this position is temporary with an expected duration of 12 months.

Essential Functions:

  • Prioritize and manage special projects for the Community Trees Program.  These projects are typically grant based and assist Community Trees Program in meeting its goals and objectives.
  • Fulfill special project requirements.  Develop and present special project content and materials.  Attend and provide required support for meetings, webinars and conference calls.  Coordinate logistical arrangements for programs and workshops.  
  • Write, submit, and maintain reports and tracking for special projects as required.
  • Conduct research for projects as needed.  Compile, organize and present information in print, verbally, and visually.
  • Respond to and provide information and assistance regarding programs, operations, and trees to community groups.
  • Coordinate with the Community Trees Program Specialist and Chicago Region Trees Initiative Coordinator to ensure special projects are consistent with program objectives.
  • Solicit and write grant and funding proposals.  Track and report on all grants for Community Trees Program and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, in the areas of forestry, horticulture, or natural resource management.  2+ years experience in research, grant management, or project management required.  International Society of Arboriculture Certification preferred.  Experience in presenting programs preferred.  Experience with community and civic organizations and processes preferred.  Familiarity with GIS mapping and analysis preferred.  Good communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and customer service ethic required.  Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Constant Contact, social media, web content development, and experience with Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:

Effective time-management skills and a positive and flexible approach to the job.  Ability to nimbly manage complex tasks and concurrent projects.  Customer service oriented with the ability to relate effectively with persons internal and external to the Arboretum.  

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 30 lbs.), walking over uneven terrain, regular local travel by car or train.  
  • Work Environment: Office environment and various venues for community events.  Work is performed primarily indoors.  
  • Equipment: General office equipment, digital camera.
  • Schedule: Work requires occasional evening and weekend hours.

For full consideration, please include resume and cover letter when submitting application.