Posted 3 weeks ago

Chicago Region Trees Initiative Outreach Assistant, Science Communications

Company: The Morton Arboretum
Category: Nonprofit


Type: Full Time

The Morton Arboretum is looking to hire an Outreach Assistant who will engage in science communication, community outreach, leading or supporting tree plantings in under-resourced communities, and supporting the development of arboreta to improve community advocacy, skills, and resources for urban agriculture and forestry. Arbnet is the global interactive network of arboreta, founded and led by The Morton Arboretum. Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is a regional coalition of organizations collaborating to make the Chicago region the greenest, most livable region in North America. Key logistical support will include workshop coordination and community engagement in specific project areas. Funding for this position is temporary, expected duration of twelve months. Essential functions:

  • Work with Science and Conservation, Arbnet, and CRTI staff to curate collections of tree care resources for use by specific audiences.
  • Share resources with local partners to increase awareness of, and improve access to trees, through coordinating tree plantings in spring 2022 and fall 2022, as well as supporting the removal of barriers (physical and perceived) to follow-up tree care.
  • Connect with community partners to start the process of ArbNet accreditation, while reflecting the unique characteristics, needs, and heritage of each community.
  • Publicize or live stream educational events to support the Arbnet accreditation requirement of community outreach and write a newsletter. Support social media outreach.
  • Support the development of accessible, digital components through initial review and then customization of existing ArbNet resources to meet the needs of partners in urban, under-resourced communities.
  • Serve as a guest on The Morton Arboretum’s podcast, Planted: Finding Your Roots in STEM Careers and support associated curriculum development. This podcast features green STEM careers and career opportunities in the museum field.
  • Support community-driven data surrounding urban forestry and help promote the Canopy Counts Program through development of a tutorial for the CRTI Canopy Counts Program.
  • Provide direct stewardship and outreach support within the top 25 priority areas with a primary focus to improve community advocacy, skills, and resources for urban agriculture and forestry.