Forestry Outreach Coordinator

Forestry Outreach Coordinator
Organization Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Feb 21, 2020


Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access.  Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 23 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 570 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees.

Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is seeking a dedicated Forestry Outreach Coordinator to support the MPRB’s efforts to assure a healthy, vibrant and sustainable urban forest.  The Forestry Outreach Coordinator will develop, manage, coordinate, promote and oversee urban and community forestry outreach and stewardship programs with an emphasis on engaging the public in tree care, planting and maintenance activities. This person will cultivate and maintain strategic partnerships and educational opportunities with relevant groups to advance a community connection with sustainable urban forestry practices.  This role supports the broader environmental stewardship efforts of all MPRB functions that are consistent with the organization’s mission, values, goals, and comprehensive plan.  This position is possible due to special funding for 2020 only, with plans to restore permanent funding in the next budget cycle.


  • Develop and manage urban and community forestry outreach and stewardship programs within the MPRB system and throughout the City of Minneapolis.
  • Inspire, recruit, train, organize, coordinate and supervise volunteers from diverse backgrounds during the performance of cultural practices that improve tree health while promoting social engagement.  Such engagement includes hands-on participation and demonstrations involving tree planting, pruning, mulching, protection and preservation.
  • Develop relationships with neighborhoods, communities and organizations throughout Minneapolis to ensure that all residents have access, through engagement opportunities, to the many public health, economic, ecological and social benefits that trees provide.
  • Apply practices and procedures to ensure program development and implementation that includes methods for data tracking, reporting of key outreach participation metrics and collaboration with others as needed.
  • Promote, schedule and coordinate the public appearances of “Elmer the Elm Tree”, MPRB Forestry Department’s costumed mascot, whose public appearances help educate residents about the benefits provided by trees.
  • Plan, direct and promote annual Arbor Day celebration. Generate information needed to guide staff and volunteer involvement.
  • Work with the Minneapolis Tree Advisory Commission by attending meetings and expanding their role in community outreach.
  • Develop collaborative efforts with schools and other institutions to actively engage youth with trees and arboriculture. Examples include school forests and the University of Minnesota’s Youth Engagement in Arboriculture Program.
  • Prepare, present, teach and host events and presentations for diverse audiences that promote an awareness of matters related to the urban forest.
  • Effectively represent the Forestry Department by collaborating and working directly on urban forestry outreach initiatives with other MPRB Departments and agencies including, but not limited to, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Watershed Districts, University of Minnesota and other government agencies including those at the state and federal level.
  • Support media communication efforts and coordinate with the MPRB Communications and Marketing Department by writing and designing communication materials needed to enhance and maintain information available to the public through the Park Board’s website, social media outlets and other channels.
  • Represent the MPRB at public meetings, on committees both internal and external and at community events as required.


Need to Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban forestry, forestry, horticulture, natural resources or related field.
  • Increasingly responsible professional work experience in urban forest outreach for government or non-profit agencies including, but not limited to, administrative work: at least three years.
  • An equivalent combination of related experience, education and training may be considered.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Nice to Have:

  • Certified Arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture (obtained within 6 months of meeting ISA eligibility requirements). Municipal Specialist credential preferred.
  • Tree Inspector’s License from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (obtained within 6 months of hire).
  • Pesticide Applicator License from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in categories A & E (obtained within 6 months of hire).

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:

  • Knowledge of urban forestry and outreach best practices and how to effectively combine them so as to engage communities and organizations.
  • Outstanding customer service principles, practices and standards for a diverse customer base.
  • Minneapolis communities and neighborhoods, demographics, issues, needs and opportunities.
  • Social media marketing or internet marketing that involves creating and sharing information on social media networks in order to achieve marketing and/or branding goals.
  • Thoughtfully organize and creatively administer culturally responsive urban forestry outreach and engagement activities for increased access to services and programs.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Union Status: AFSCME #327


Job Information Session:  A 30-minute Job Information Session will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00pm in the River Conference Room at MPRB Headquarters.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the position and to gain a better understanding of the civil service application process.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in-person, please join us via phone conference at (612) 230-6595.

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Selection Process:
To apply for this full-time civil service position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at  Late applications will be rejected.
What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We rate your training and experience based on application materials and supplemental questions (30%).
  • We conduct a structured panel interview (oral exam) (70%).
  • We calculate your civil service score based on the above components and place you on the eligible list if all testing components are passed (passing score for each component and as an overall score is 70.00 or above).  Eligible list will expire in three (3) months.
  • We refer the top finalists to the hiring manager for an interview.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered.
  • We conduct a background check.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy at

Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.

The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.
The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.