Community Forestry Intern

Position:  Join our Forestry and Community Conservation Department in a pivotal role aimed at enhancing the health and sustainability of community forests across twenty-four small communities in North St. Louis. This part-time internship offers hands-on learning experience in urban and community forestry management, aiming to boost public awareness and engagement in environmental stewardship.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Engage in community outreach to educate on the benefits of urban forestry and promote participation in forestry programs.
  • Conduct field activities such as tree identification, inventory, and health assessments in urban and natural settings.
  • Support the Vacant Lot Remediation Program and canopy restoration through various tasks including tree and native plant maintenance.
  • Utilize tree inventory software to maintain accurate data on the 24:1 Canopy
  • Foster positive interactions with the public, advocating for tree conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Participate in community tree planting, trash cleanup and other events.
  • Assist with implementation of St. Louis Green City and Business Challenge in collaboration with Missouri Botanical Gardens.
  • Support the development of local tree boards.
  • Support department in all other Forestry and Community Conservation activities.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to regularly lift items weighing 25-50 lbs.

Personal Qualities: 

  • Collaborative — A dynamic personality that is collaboratively minded, can recognize and identify strengths, seek consensus around mutual goals, and build meaningful relationships.
  • Creative and Curious — A systems-thinker and builder, who is not afraid to be innovative in designing solutions and has skills in articulating these ideas and concepts.
  • Methodical — Strong analytical, systems, and problem-solving skills to evaluate performance, prepare reports, and recommend/implement solutions using independent judgment. Ability to move from concepts to action through strong program design and evaluation.
  • Reliable — Leadership skills that reflect and value a team approach, demonstrated integrity, effectiveness, efficiency, and the ability to deliver high quality service. Highly capable of handling multiple tasks, projects and timelines. Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Trusted — Ability to work with residents, partners, and staff of diversified backgrounds with a positive, optimistic, solutions-oriented attitude. Shares a deep respect for the community, its stakeholders and the residents that we serve.
  • Driven — Passion for the work and an interest in continuous learning and improvement.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Interest in pursuing a career in Urban or Community Forestry or related field.
  • Currently enrolled in high school or college.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable working in diverse settings.
  • Genuine interest in tree conservation and environmental stewardship.
  • Valid Missouri Driver’s License and acceptable driving record.

Supervisor:

  • Forestry and Community Conservation Program Director & Manager

Supervises: 

  • N/A

Salary and Benefits:

  • Part-time, seasonal position with a cap of 156 hours.
  • $16 per hour.

Application Instructions:

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@beyondhousing.org.  This job will remain posted until it is filled.  For more information on Beyond Housing, visit www.beyondhousing.org

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  Beyond Housing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  Beyond Housing is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Beyond Housing believes that each individual is unique, and we are committed to respecting the diversity of all individuals. We strive to move beyond simple tolerance, embracing and celebrating the differences contained within each of us, making us stronger as whole.

Culture Statement for Beyond Housing – Beyond Housing cultivates a climate of respect, friendliness, collaboration, and open, honest communication. Team members are empowered and trusted to work methodically and innovate together. We consistently recognize and celebrate team members’ contributions, creativity, drive, passions, and achievements.

At Beyond Housing, we are genuinely committed to our staff and to making Beyond Housing a place where our team members are happy to work. We support team members’ work-life balance and professional development; ensure that all team members feel included, valued, and appreciated; embrace flexibility in the workplace; and encourage and support team members’ involvement in the organization.

We are, likewise, committed to the communities we serve and to helping to make communities better places to live. We hold team members accountable to our mission and to the community – asking them to demonstrate this commitment by engaging the community and asking the right questions for alignment and action.

We look for team members who hold themselves accountable to the following traits:
Collaborative – Creative – Curious – Reliable – Methodical – Trusted – Driven

ADA – Beyond Housing is committed to furthering the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The company is always willing to consider reasonable accommodations, which may allow a disabled person to perform this or any other job. The Summary of Physical Requirements is a list of what we believe at this point to be necessary in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement – At Beyond Housing, we are committed to promoting Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity throughout our organization and culture. We strive to understand and appreciate the individuality of every employee and create a better place to work for all. We nurture a culture where everyone positively acknowledges equity through action and is aware, understanding, and appreciative of diversity.

Our vision is to go beyond simple tolerance and fully embrace the things that make each person unique. We recognize that our employees’ differences support our ability to advance equity for the communities we serve. Further, we understand that equity is critical to the fulfillment of our mission to help entire communities become better places to live.

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