Urban Forestry - Priority Lead

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Arizona Sustainability Alliance

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**This is a Volunteer position**

Urban Forestry - Priority Lead

Currently in both Phoenix and Tempe there are initiatives to increase urban tree canopy throughout the cities. Many other valley cities have expressed desire for increased urban canopies, even when they have not created specific goals. AZSA is committed to promoting these initiatives through demonstration, including pilot projects for reforestation with private landowners, urban orchards in empty public spaces, and helping with city plantings.

Given the importance and growing need for urban forestry, the priority lead should possess the following skill set:

  • Experience managing grants larger than $50,000
  • Experience managing a team to implement large grants
  • Knowledge of urban forestry in desert ecosystems
  • Experience working with local government to successfully demonstrate attainment of their goals

Role Purpose: Play a vital role in progressing sustainability initiatives in Arizona by ensuring that all programs deliver the desirable outcome to our organization and align with the requirements of any associated grants used to fund activities.


  • Formulate, organize, monitor and coordinate inter-connected priorities and activities, i.e. engage a city liaison in order to support a city’s objectives in the area.
  • Decide on suitable strategies and objectives as they relate to the priority and the larger organization. Vet the strategies with organizational leadership to ensure alignment and appropriate focus.
  • Develop and control deadlines, budgets, grant requirements and activities.
  • Apply change, risk and resource management methodologies to the day to day management of the priority.
  • Assume responsibility for the priority’s volunteers and vendors.
  • Assess priority performance and aim to maximize ROI.
  • Exercise problem solving skills to resolve higher scope issues within priority.
  • Prepare reports for Executive Director, Program Directors, Board members and the broader organization as requested.
  • Collaborate directly with the Communications Director for any needs related to promotion, branding, etc.

Ideal Skill Set:

  • Proven experience as a Program or Project Manager
  • Working knowledge of program/project management software (Basecamp, MS Project etc.)
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills; you are a relationship builder who "manages by influence"
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a highly collaborative work style
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Ability to serve as a unifying force and to lead discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters

Time commitment: Approximately 5-10 Hours Per Week

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About Arizona Sustainability Alliance


8205 South Priest Drive #11962, Tempe, AZ 85284, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Sustainability Alliance is to create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona.


The Arizona Sustainability Alliance is a volunteer, non-partisan group committed to protecting our environment and promoting sustainable living through action and advocacy. Through

  • Civic engagement

  • Collaboration

  • Education
We empower Arizona citizens to work together toward more verdant, equitable and sustainable communities. We share a deep concern about catastrophic climate change, the future of our planet and the health and well being of generations to come.


We'll work with your schedule.


Phoenix Metropolitan AreaPhoenix, AZ 85004



  • Project Management
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Environmental Policy
  • Management
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • ~5-10 hrs/week, depending on current projects
  • To apply for this volunteer opportunity email your cover letter and resume/cv to hr.volunteer@azsustainabilityalliance.com

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