Environmental Educator: Urban Forestry f/t

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Start Date: 2/16/2023  Compensation: $50,000/year

Trees New York is an environmental not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to plant, preserve, and protect New York City’s urban forest through education and community participation. Trees New York is the leading tree stewardship and advocacy organization in New York City. We have over 45 years of experience in community tree planting, stewardship, and education projects. Please visit www.treesny.org to learn more about Trees New York.

Job Title: Full-Time Environmental Educator: Urban Forestry
Job Location: 100 Gold Street, New York, New York 10038 
Schedule: 40 hours a week, evenings and weekends required
Compensation: $50,000
Start Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023

Trees New York’s tree stewardship programs are designed to train and mobilize New Yorkers so they can play an active role in supporting the health of our urban forest. Trees New York takes a community-based approach to our programming and always partners with local volunteers and community organizations. Trees New York’s Environmental Educators teach lessons on the value of a healthy urban forest and the importance of volunteer efforts. Following each lesson, volunteers steward street trees. Our Environmental Educators work alongside volunteers to guide their stewardship efforts and answer questions. Volunteer stewardship activities include: removing litter and weeds from tree beds, cultivating the soil, tree bed gardening, watering and pruning. 

Trees New York is the only institution designated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to train and license New Yorkers as Citizen Pruners and currently trains on average 200 Citizen Pruners a year. The Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course consists of eight hours of classroom training and two hours of hands-on experience in the field. Trees New York’s Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course trains volunteers in tree biology, tree identification, and tree care and pruning. 

The environmental educator's portfolio includes the Citizen Pruner Course, Tree Planting Initiatives, Tree Maintenance and Pruning. Please visit treesny.org to learn more about the programs.  


  • Teach Trees New York signature program, the Citizen Pruner Course
  • Recruit volunteers, corporate groups, and community organizations to participate in programs 
  • Field calls and emails from interested parties about participating in programs 
  • Lead outdoor, hands-on projects with volunteers including maintaining tree beds, pruning, and planting trees 
  • Coordinate procurement of trees, mulch, cleanup supplies, and tools 
  • Travel to and from preliminary meetings for site inspection and meet with program partners 
  • Prepare and update curriculum and lesson plans 
  • Serve as a liaison and represent Trees New York on special committees and meetings
  • Monitor program goals and milestones, report metrics and help draft interim and final reports 
  • Complete the Citizen Pruner course and pass the Citizen Pruner Exam 
  • General office duties and assist Trees New York staff with special projects as needed


A Bachelor's degree and in experience in environmental education. A strong candidate will have a background in Urban Forestry, Environmental Science, Biology, or Urban Studies and has a strong ability to teach and engage volunteers and connect them with their urban forest. The Environmental Educator will have a strong interest in urban forestry and urban agriculture and the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time, and work cooperatively with staff, stakeholders, volunteers and Citizen Pruners.

Additional Information

Please email resume and cover letter to Nelson Villarrubia, Executive Director with the subject line EE Urban Forestry nelson@treesny.org

Contact Information

Trees New York
Contact Name: Nelson Villarrubia
Email: nelson@treesny.org