TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit who inspires and supports people of Southern California to come together to enhance the environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable. We acknowledge that where we work are the ancestral lands of the Tongva, Chumash, and Tataviam people, the original stewards of this land. We honor their elders both past and present for their continued connection to and protection of one of those most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world.
TreePeople unites with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. The organization’s current programs and activities fall within a wide breadth of environmental initiatives that include: community organizing, environmental education and literacy, urban greening, wildland forestry, parks and trails development and maintenance, policy, and research.
Water Equity is a central piece of TreePeople’s work. Through the WaterTalks program, TreePeople and a group of local community-based organizations have provided outreach and engagement to underserved and tribal communities across Los Angeles since 2019 and have gathered feedback on their most pressing water needs.
TreePeople and our partners are now identifying and developing water-related projects and education that serve these communities based on that feedback. Water-related issues may include water quality, water quantity, stormwater management, flooding, wastewater, and water pricing as well as unique needs such as access to water for cultural or ceremonial purposes.
TreePeople is seeking an individual to engage and support local tribal communities (includes California Native American Tribes and indigenous people associated with large areas of Los Angeles County, such as the upper Santa Clara River, San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Harbor and Gateway areas, South and Southeast Los Angeles) in conjunction with the development of water projects through relationship building and coordination.
- Work closely with the WaterTalks Project Manager to organize and support TreePeople’s designated WaterTalks communities by organizing tribal community members, identifying needs and supporting project development.
- Coordinate delivery of training and education components of the WaterTalks program with tribal community partners, internal staff and project partners.
- Provide knowledge and/or research as needed focused on tribal communities, particularly in urban water-related topics such as drinking water, sanitation, stormwater management, flood control, consumer cost and access to water for cultural and ceremonial uses.
- Provide support in engaging tribal communities in watershed assessment, planning, project design and project advocacy.
- In partnership with the Water Equity Community Organizer, support the WaterTalks leadership group of CBOs providing guidance, training, and education to support ground truthing of the Needs Assessment and project development.
- In coordination with the Water Equity Program Assistant execute Contract Coordination: Provide active administration on public-funded programs and contracts as assigned, including support for procurement and subcontracting, ongoing reporting and close-out; meeting key dates and deadlines, and record-keeping.
- Follow contract-related internal processes, protocols and policies.
- Store and maintain contract records in an electronic data management system.
- Serve as a link between assigned programs and finance dept on fiscal-related matters including but not limited to contract invoicing and collections, and subcontractor and vendor invoices and payment.
- Participate in meetings, coordinate program input and write and review briefs to prepare organizational staff and Leadership for tribal community meetings and events.
- Establish and maintain high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications across TreePeople’s teams, sub-teams, and partners in the field.
- Provide support in general community engagement efforts as needed.
- Aid in development and design of new contract programs, especially tribal community engagement programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
- Experience in supporting and working with Los Angeles tribal communities, water and urban planning and infrastructure and working with low-income communities in Los Angeles is strongly preferred.
- Experience in project management or project administrative support and nonprofit business acumen.
- Strong relationships within indigenous, tribal communities within the California or Los Angeles region is strongly desired.
- Solid leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.
- Highly organized, detailed oriented, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Available to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.
- Knowledge of environmental, equity and education issues especially urban water and/or green-infrastructure issues in the Los Angeles region and engaging local communities.
- Solid presentation skills, including experience presenting at workshops, community and agency meetings.
- Experience working in team environments, developing relationships and facilitating ongoing dialogue with multiple project partners, including public agencies, municipalities, elected offices, and NGOs.
- Works independently, handles multiple priorities and tight timelines.
- Strategic and dedicated approach to complex problem-solving.
- Ability to remain flexible and adapt to multiple processes prone to change.
- Ability to schedule, set up and track multiple-stakeholder meetings.
- Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, thorough notation of meeting conversations, tracking and managing projects, contracts and grants.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.
TreePeople is an equal opportunity employer.
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit who inspires and supports people of Southern California to come together to enhance the environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable. TreePeople is among the largest independent environmental organizations in California to educate communities on how to plant and care for trees and harvest rain. We play a leading role in mobilizing communities to work together to achieve climate resilience. Over the past four decades, TreePeople has engaged more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.