Come grow with GIC and create resilient, green cities and towns! Make a difference for our climate, wildlife, social equity and access to nature for all.
The nonprofit Green Infrastructure Center is seeking a community urban forester to work directly with cities and towns in South Carolina to launch tree planting plans and campaigns. Applicants must be located or willing to relocate to SC (location flexible within SC).
About GIC: Founded in 2006, the nonprofit Green Infrastructure Center Inc. is a leading designer of landscape conservation modeling and creating community strategies for healthy landscapes that are green, clean and accessible. Green Infrastructure includes intact forests, urban tree canopy, wetlands, springs, parks and rivers and soils that provide clean water, air quality, wildlife habitat, recreation and food. The GIC’s mission is helping communities realize that nature is also “green infrastructure” to address climate change, urban heat islands, improved public health, and increased social and economic equity. GIC’s clients include federal, regional, state and local government agencies, land trusts and conservation groups. The GIC’s staff consists of planners, geographers, landscape architects, foresters and natural resource experts. GIC is dedicated to growing the field of green infrastructure planning and shares knowledge through workshops, courses, webinars and publications.
GIC is expanding and opening new locations in VA, SC, RI, and MS. We are currently filling positions in SC. GIC will deliver technical support to local municipalities for canopy mapping, tree planting campaigns, ordinance development and urban forest master planning, emergency forest planning and community training for green jobs. GIC’s capacity support project will expand community assistance to support underserved communities; greatly enhancing state urban forestry program delivery and support. This position supports GIC’s Senior Forester and works with the Community Forestry Planner to help communities create tree planting campaigns. To learn more about such work, see GIC’s guide to community planting campaigns HERE.
Community Urban Forester (CUFSC) in South Carolina
Position Responsibilities and Overview: The CUFSC uses canopy and plantable areas maps created by GIC’s GIS team to help communities plan to restore urban forests and build resiliency. They work with local governments, state agencies, land trusts and community groups to help them recognize the location and values of urban forests. They assist the public at workshops to learn about their urban canopy and help communities establish goals for the urban forest and to create urban forestry master plans. They also assist with creating map graphics for reports or slide shows. The position requires coordinating work flows amongst multiple city projects. Most importantly, this position involves extensive community engagement and requires competency in public speaking, and strong communications skills to lead community discussions, tree planting events or workshops. Also includes organizing tree planting events, planting trees, and managing tree care as part of a team.
Degrees and Experience: Bachelor of Science degree and two to three years’ experience in one or more of the following fields: forestry, horticulture, or landscape ecology or landscape architecture. A Master’s degree in urban forestry, horticulture or related field is preferred. Experience may be substituted for master’s degree, but applicants should be familiar with trees in South Carolina and ISA Arborist certification is desired for the forester position, but may be obtained within the first two years of employment at GIC. GIC will support the obtaining of licensure.
Required Skills: Basic skills in MS office suite required (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Desired Skills: Tree inventory, tree identification, tree planting, care and pruning skills. Public speaking to groups is a key skill.
Communications: Strong oral communication for teaching about trees and environmental planning at workshops and meetings and working with laypersons and community members. Applicant must be comfortable leading volunteers in tree planting events.
Logistical: Work location within state is flexible but position requires travel to cities, to planting sites and hosting workshops, two or more times per week to sites within state. Travel is planned in advance and is fully covered. Some overnight travel is required. Position offers diverse experiences with no week exactly the same – ideal for people who like challenges and change!
Physical: This position requires physical activity to hike over rough terrain, plant trees (saplings and 1-2” caliper trees) and working upright for 8 hours at a time. Employee should be able to lift 40 pounds.
Compensation: Salary Range: $60,000 to $70,000 based on experience and level of education. This is a full time 40 hour week; salaried position. Benefits include paid leave for six federal holidays plus accrued leave @14 hours per month, and health care (reimbursement for a health plan for individual @ $550/month). GIC’s retirement plan is offered after first year of employment. This position follows state labor laws. This position is intended to be permanent, subject to continued grant funding supporting the position. GIC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from diverse social, ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Supervisor: This position reports to the GIC’s Executive Director and the Director of Forest Conservation.
Job Location: Employee must live within SC (or relocate) and be able to travel 2-3 days per week (many trips can be day-trips). Flex hours are allowed as long as 40 hours work per week are completed. Includes some weekend work for planting events, but subsequent weekdays can be taken as compensatory leave. GIC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on any basis.
Interested applications should submit their resume, including work experience, work samples, three professional references, to: Green Infrastructure Center Inc., Attn: CUFSC Job, 320 Valley St. Scottsville VA 24590 or by email to: No calls please.