Posted 1 month ago

Chicago Region Trees Initiative Community Specialist

Company: The Morton Arboretum
Category: Professional Services


Type: Full Time

The Morton Arboretum is seeking a candidate who will implement the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) Community Program, providing education, outreach, activities, and grant administration to public landowners and managers to improve the health of the urban forest and quality of life in the Chicago region. Responsible for communication and database resources development and management, for designated constituents. Represent CRTI to partners and constituents to foster and facilitate improved health and sustainability of the urban and community forest and advance the mission of The Morton Arboretum. Specialize in grant management and municipal policy advising. Funding for this position is restricted and expected through September 2028 with a potential for extension. Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for managing the CRTI’s relationship and grant funded activities related to major funding opportunities such as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) or USDA Forest Service grants.
  • Implement and manage large scale grants and grant outcomes including competitive subaward processes, data collection and reporting, policy document review and advising, related CRTI tracking, and the IDNR Community Accomplishments Reporting System (CARS) contact database.
  • Solicit and write grant and funding proposals.
  • Coordinate outreach, engagement, education, and activities to public landowners and managers to improve community participation in improved urban forestry policy, advocacy, and skills, and provide resources related to urban forestry grants and special funding. Prioritize and manage special projects related to community activities for CRTI.
  • Review tree ordinances, create formal CRTI recommendations around tree ordinances, and assist with community tree ordinance updates as needed.
  • Assist in implementing the community goals and objectives of the CRTI Master Plan and CRTI Community Program.
  • Provide support and coordination for the Trees and Green Infrastructure Work Group to ensure CRTI goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Conduct research for projects as needed. Compile, organize, and present data in print and verbal communication.
  • Oversee the collection and input of community-based data and contacts in the CRTI database. Organize and maintain community based CRTI files and records.
  • Frequently work on projects and activities that take place outside of the seven-county region.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.