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.


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.


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