Urban Forestry Engagement Coordinator

Date Posted : May 01, 2019
Job Location : Vancouver
Job Number : 80355
Job Type : Full-time
Start : May 01, 2019
Company : The University of British Columbia, on behalf of its Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) Lab
Website : www.calp.forestry.ubc.ca; www.ubc.ca
Address : 2045-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4

Job Description

The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at the Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC Faculty of Forestry is looking for a student to join our research team working on the Citizen’s Coolkit on Urban Forestry and Climate Change. The Coolkit is a collection of tools and fun, handson activities to increase people’s awareness and understanding of the importance of greenspace in their neighbourhood, and eventually motivate behaviour changes individually and neighbourhood-wide action. The Coolkit aims to help communities discover how to climate-proof their neighbourhood while looking after the urban forests around their homes.

The City of Vancouver has ambitious urban forestry targets - planting 150,000 trees by 2020 & increasing canopy cover to 22% by 2050. This role will support this municipal mandate and will have the following main responsibilities:
1. Engage teachers, students, informal educators and community members through interactive workshops & hands-on activities like tree identification, measuring canopy cover, habitat mapping, home/street audits, neighbourhood visioning, etc.
2. Evaluate the Coolkit with potential partners and community members, in terms of its usability, feasibility and effectiveness to engage local communities on climate change and urban forestry issues
3. Develop and implement a public engagement, education and awareness-building strategy to increase its use within the schools & communities
4. Integrate lesson learned from other urban forestry and climate change related tools and resources into the strategy
5. There is a potential to translate the Coolkit in French after the feedback we've received from partners and teachers

The role involves extensive outdoor interaction with youth, teachers, school staff, Vancouver communities, & other universities, groups & practitioners working in the field of urban forestry & climate change education & engagement. This co-design/development process is critical to addressing the gap that exists in interactive urban forestry and climate change materials for youth & citizens.

1. Experience and/or training in sustainability, landscape, or forestry fields, with strong interest in environmental communication
2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
3. Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word etc.)
4. Knowledge of general written and visual communications principles (strong writing skills, clear messaging, document layout, web layout)
5. Good graphic design skills and experience with programs such as those in Adobe Create Suite (specifically, Illustrator, In Design and Photoshop)
6. Experience cultivating and maintaining relationships with a wide diversity of partners
7. Comfortable and confident using social media platform (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
8. Good organizational and time management skills
9. Enthusiastic, responsible and a team player

1. Urban forestry work experience
2. Experience working with youth or educators – both teachers working in classroom settings and informal educators (e.g. museums, NGO’s, government, etc.)
3. Experience in public surveys and data collection
4. Knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analysis
5. Knowledge of climate change communications
6. Experience with WordPress web design, layout and curation

Job Conditions

  • Travelling may be required.
  • Work on weekends may be required.


  • Minimum experience : 0-1
  • Minimum educational level : Bachelor Degree
  • Certifications:
    • Valid Driver’s License
  • Language : English + French