Landscape / Field Project Manager – Our City Forest – San Jose, CA

Our City Forest is a non-profit 501(c)(3) urban forestry organization whose mission is to cultivate a green and healthy silicon valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest. A small, dedicated team of permanent staff manage the assignments of 30-60 AmeriCorps Service Members and oversee a variety of activities that engage over 10,000 volunteers and community members each year. The following job description is for a permanent staff position that will manage a sub-team of service members and collaborate with other staff in the overall management of the organization.

Seeking (2) Landscape / Field Project Managers to schedule and direct personnel and resources toward providing quality, community-based landscaping services to clients. This position also supports the Intake Program Manager in estimating and budgeting as needed, along with providing project support for other field programs.

Duties:

Understand client needs via regular communication with Intake Program Manager;
Ensure that job site quality and appearance meet client and Our City Forest standards;
Manage all landscape services, including the coordination of all materials, people, equipment, and subcontractors required to produce quality work;
Inspect properties prior to scheduled service in order to properly prepare specific action plan for service. Adjust schedule as needed;
Monitor irrigation systems, identify problems or necessary repairs, and communicate recommendations to the appropriate party;
Monitor all aspects of the landscape, while identifying and troubleshooting plant health problems;
As necessary, perform hands-on work with crews to meet work and scheduling demands;
Implement and enforce OCF policies and procedures related to proper upkeep and maintenance, storage, use, and training required for tools and equipment;
Work with other Managers to identify staffing needs, prepare daily crew schedules;
Hands-on training and support of crew personnel and volunteers, including proper operation of equipment, planting and pruning techniques, safety, and quality standards;
Minimize accidents to personnel and equipment; conduct weekly safety tailgate meetings;
Maintain and manage all required administrative systems including time sheets, schedules, and executed vs. budgeted performance reports;
Order materials as needed and monitor costs and deliveries;
Assist with design and implementation for various field and construction projects as needed;
Collaborate with field staff by proposing ideas to continually improve service delivery model;
Other tasks as assigned by Urban Forestry Director.

Qualifications:

One to three years of prior working experience in landscaping, horticulture, tree care or construction industry including at least one year in a lead/supervisory role; basic plant knowledge; basic knowledge of irrigation systems;
Basic plant knowledge and proficiency with irrigation systems; ability to support installation, design, and repair of drip irrigation systems;
Experience providing community-based services and working with volunteers;
Excellent leadership skills and ability to manage a team and ensure satisfactory performance;
Strong knowledge of planning logistics and operations;
Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with staff;
Ability to positively represent OCF and maintain good client and community relations;
Proficiency in Google Sketchup and/or CAD software preferred;
Familiarity with Filemaker Pro preferred;
A passion and commitment to OCF’s mission and interest in environmental issues preferred;
Bilingual in Spanish a plus;
Valid driver’s license and clean record; ability to operate large trucks; Class B license a plus.
Ability to obtain additional industry certifications as necessary.
Strong consideration will be given to applicants who possess one or more of the following kinds of specialized knowledge: fine gardening/horticulture; landscape irrigation system installation/troubleshooting; fleet/vehicle maintenance and repair; crew supervision and Cal-OSHA safe operating procedures.

How to apply

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to Ben Heistein at bheistein@ourcityforest.org

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