Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

We are seeking a project consultant to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for our Citizen Forester Program. 

About Smart Trees Pacific: 

Smart Trees Pacific (STP) is a non-profit urban forestry organization with 40 years of collective experience serving Hawaiʻi & the Pacific Region to develop sustainable, healthy community forests. STP works closely with the US Forest Service and the Hawaiʻi State Division of Forestry and Wildlife to deliver the Kaulunani Urban and Community ForestryProgram. 

About the Citizen Forester Program: 

Created to address objectives of the State Forest Action Plan, the Citizen Forester Program is a citizen science volunteer-based urban tree inventory initiative supported by the US Forest Service and Kaulunani with management support from STP. This collaborative project educates, certifies, and supports community members to become urban forestry leaders in their communities. The Citizen Forester Program began in 2016, has trained more than 200 volunteers, and mapped more than 13,000 public trees on Oʻahu. 

Position Summary: 

This consultancy position will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Citizen Forester volunteer implementation. The Coordinator will work closely and under the direction of STP’s Executive Director to administer and guide the conduct and expansion of the Citizen Forester volunteer Program. This position will also support STP’s efforts to create partnerships and, find and develop sponsors to enhance and expand the program. 

Status and Compensation: 

This is a part-time, Oahu-based contract position with flexible hours (~10 - 20hours/week). Much of the work will be done remotely and the candidate is expected to work both independently and collaboratively. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.


General Duties 

● Administer the implementation and development of the Citizen Forester volunteers to address the objectives determined by the steering committee. 

● Provide volunteer operational oversight and coordination of programmatic procedures. 

● Coordinate training and create relevant programmatic materials. 

● Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with State and County government agencies, non-governmental organizations, media houses, and community partners that support and grow the program. 

● Help to expand the CF volunteers into new communities on Oʻahu and neighbor islands. 

● Manage tree inventory data for integrity and ease of application. 

● Supervise team leader volunteers and regularly interface with the public. 

● Seek opportunities to develop outreach and provide for professional presentations at local venues to solicit sponsors, supporters, and recruit volunteers. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

● A four-year degree in an environmentally-related field (i.e., natural resource management or urban planning, education, or equivalent field.) is highly desirable, but not required. 

● At least one-year minimum relevant work experience in the area of environmental management, environmental science, or a related field of study. 

● One to two-years direct experience working with and managing volunteers. 

● Experience working with a non-profit entity is highly desirable. 

● Experience in working with a variety of community groups, stakeholders, and/or providing customer interface. 

● Proficient in verbal communication, organization, and interpersonal skills. 

● Access to reliable transportation, as in-the-field work is required. 


Desired Skills and Experience 

● Experience with tree inventory system and process 

● Good presentation skills 

● Familiarity with benefits of and issues relating to growing, planting, and maintaining trees in Hawaiʻi across a variety of landownerships. 

● Familiarity with environmental and social issues facing local communities. 

● Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing 

● Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks independently and as part of a team. 

● Professional, highly organized and committed to producing quality results 

● Proficient user-level skill with Microsoft Office and Google Business suite 

● Self-starter who can proactively and independently solve problems. 


Posting period ends October 1st, 2020 or until a qualified candidate is found. 

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter via email to Wai Lee, Executive Director, at


  • Posted On

    September 10, 2020
  • Closing Date

    October 1, 2020
  • Organization

    Smart Trees Pacific
  • Location

    Oahu-based Remote
  • Position Type

    Part Time
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