Green Teens Manager

Classification and Time: Full-time, Exempt

Annual Salary: $46,000 – $53,000  DOE

Benefits: Full health, dental and vision per FUF Employee Handbook dated September 2017

Reports to: Program Director

Date posted: Revised September 2018

Deadline to Apply: October 8, 2018

About Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF)

Friends of the Urban Forest is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and neighborhood groups to plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. By making San Francisco greener, FUF supports the health and livability of the urban environment. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 60,000 trees, totaling almost half of the city’s street tree canopy.

Position Summary

The Green Teens Manager is responsible for managing the Green Teens Youth Tree Care Program as part of FUF’s overall Tree Care Program, and assisting the Education Manager in enhancing all aspects of FUF Education Programs. This includes implementing and supervising the Green Teens Youth Tree Care Program and assisting with the general planning, administration, and enhancement of FUF’s education programs.

The position requires experience working with teens from high-risk environments and field work, administrative work, curriculum planning, some heavy lifting (40 lbs.), and driving company vehicles including a 15-passenger commercial van. Regular Saturday availability is required. The Green Teens Manager reports to the Program Director with day-to-day supervision by the Education Manager.

For over 20 years, FUF’s Green Teens Youth Tree Care Program has offered San Francisco’s low-income youth an opportunity to gain job skills and enhance the urban forest by providing hands-on assistance with FUF’s tree care, tree planting, sidewalk landscaping, and outreach programs. Each session includes career exploration and long-term employment skills training as well as outdoor education and overnight components. The Green Teens Program is made up of two distinct seasons as dictated by the SFUSD calendar. During the school year there are two sessions, broken up by the fall and spring semester, in which Green Teens work 12 Saturdays per semester from 8:30am to 4:30pm. During the summer, the Green Teens Program shifts to a summer tree pruning intensive in which teens work Wednesday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm for 8 weeks, culminating in a two-night trip to the UC Berkeley Blodgett Forest Research Station to learn about California forest ecology in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Details and Responsibilities

Green Teens Program Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement, and supervise three sessions of Green Teens: February – May, June – August, and September – December.
  • Hire and supervise one basic crew and one advanced crew per session, totaling 14 youths, and work with the Bookkeeper to manage hiring paperwork and provide payroll in a timely and organized fashion.
  • Work with the Education Manager to hire, train, and supervise two summer assistants to the Green Teens Program annually.
  • Collaborate with the Education Manager to design and implement appropriate course material, professional development activities, and work schedule for Green Teens and Youth Interns.
  • Schedule work plan for the Green Teens and Youth Interns with Tree Care Managers, Planting Managers, and Program Director for all sessions to satisfy FUF’s annual tree care goals and grant requirements.
  • Work with the Education Manager to implement mechanisms for evaluating each session through youth and community partner surveys, employee reviews, exit interviews, and data analysis for the purposes of re-hiring youth for the advanced crew, tracking programs over time, and keeping long-term involvement with graduates of the program.
  • Supervise Green Teens and ensure that quality work is performed.
  • Resolve conflicts and provide necessary and appropriate discipline.
  • Maintain a safe, secure, and healthy work environment.
  • Provide inclusive, culturally relevant, and growth-oriented mentorship.
  • Collaborate with partner programs for career development, scheduling outside workshops and guest speakers to cover employment, personal and professional development, and urban forest topics.
  • Maintain and improve existing relations with partner youth and community organizations and seek new relationships and partner organizations that could lead to program improvements and a broader applicant pool.
  • Maintain tools, supplies, and vehicles in a tidy and safe manner. Order program materials such as t-shirts, tools, and safety equipment as needed.

Tree Care and Education Program Responsibilities

  • Assist Education Manager with the development of existing or new education programs.
  • Supervise high-school-aged interns through FUF’s partnership with SFUSD’s International High School, teaching tree care and providing on the job English language practice.
  • Respond to citizen inquiries and provide accurate and appropriate advice when answering phone calls through the the FUF Tree Care Hotline.
  • As a part of the Tree Care team, the Green Teens Manager will lead pruning workdays during spring and fall, supervising interns, volunteers, Green Crew, and other staff to ensure work quality and safety.
  • Assist the Education Manager in planning, enhancing, and executing all aspects of FUF’s Education Programs.
  • Work to provide educational opportunities for students and teachers when FUF plants trees on or around SFUSD campuses. This may include classroom presentations and coordination with SFUSD school gardening programs.
  • Assist the Education Manager and other FUF staff to provide volunteer training.
  • Assist the Education Manager in coordinating internal staff workshops and training.


  • Applicant must submit to a record check and fingerprinting per California Penal Code section 11105.3 as it relates to applicant’s work with minors.
  • Must have or acquire in a reasonable amount of time a commercial driver’s license with passenger endorsement with the DMV to operate a 15-passenger van and experience driving large vehicles with passengers in San Francisco.
  • Minimum of two years experience working with teens and high-school aged youth, and/or youth from high-risk backgrounds.
  • Strong group management skills, conflict resolution skills, proven leadership skills, and experience working with a diverse population.
  • Experience managing administrative tasks, including hiring paperwork and payroll.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds and perform physical labor of planting and pruning street trees.
  • Outdoor education and leadership experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin, or Arabic is beneficial but not required.
  • Must have or acquire in a reasonable amount of time certification from the International Society of Arboriculture.
  • People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather and working conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Office workspace and cubicle assignments change from time-to-time and employees should not assume that any assignment is permanent.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and move items over 40 pounds, load tools and planting materials including trees into and out of vehicles, and ascend/descend a ladder while performing tree care.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


40 hours per week including Saturdays.


If interested and qualified, please forward cover letter and resume to: