Job Opportunities

Canopy is a growing urban and community forestry nonprofit with a track record of delivering high-quality, innovative programs that bring nature into neighborhoods throughout the Midpeninsula. Canopy staff and volunteers strive toward excellence, equity, collaboration, and gratitude in the work we do, and welcome candidates that share these values.

We are seeking hard-working, dedicated people to join the Canopy team and grow with us as we aim to accomplish our vision: a day when every resident of the Midpeninsula can step outside to walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Canopy strives to engage, celebrate, and reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We value inclusion and equity in our programs, leadership, and hiring practices. Learn more about our DEI policy.

Canopy is a fair chance employer and does not use the e-Verify background check service. We invite anyone to apply regardless of their history, and we welcome neurodivergent applicants. If you can see yourself in this role, we invite you to apply!

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Open Positions:

Education Director

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Full-time; exempt | Local position based in Palo Alto, CA

The Education Director is responsible for implementing Canopy’s Education Programs Strategy and goals set by staff and the Education Committee. They ensure that the education programs achieve Canopy’s goals of increasing knowledge of the benefits of trees, offering opportunities to enjoy trees and nature, building the skills and capacity of residents to plant and steward trees in their community, and empowering people to act in support of the long-term health and growth of the urban forest.

The Education Director implements and oversees Canopy’s education programs including:

  • Elementary – High School: In-school lessons and Wellness Tree Walks. We prioritize offering our services to schools with high need, as determined by state and school data. 
  • High School: Teen Urban Foresters (TUFs). The TUF program offers paid internships to local high school students, prioritizing East Palo Alto (EPA), eastern Menlo Park, and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) applicants. The TUFs participate in tree planting days, outreach projects, enrichment sessions, and leadership training.
  • High School: Junior Forester Leadership Program. An after-school nature play and education program for EPA elementary students, co-led by Menlo-Atherton high school students.
  • High School: a yearly mini Community Forestry School for Mountain View teens.
  • Adult: Monthly Tree Walks and a yearly Community Forestry School (CFS), both open to attendees from any local city. Tree walks are free and led by certified arborists. CFS is a 9-week course for adults to learn about urban forestry from industry professionals.
  • Adult: Additional various Special events (e.g. Arbor Week Festivals) and presentations, depending on the year.

Executive Director

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For the last 18 years, long-serving Executive Director, Catherine Martineau, has led Canopy’s growth and evolution. When she retired this February, she passed along a highly functional organization with a clear and important mission, strong operations, extraordinary staff and volunteers, and a culture that reflects the organization’s key values of service and excellence.

The Executive Director (ED), reporting to the Chair of the Board and accountable to the Board of Directors, will be an important face for the organization in the communities Canopy serves. The ED will have overall responsibility for the relationships needed to support Canopy’s programs and operations and for expanding the high level of trust the organization currently enjoys. The ED will also be an important thought leader and strategist who will continue to evolve the direction of the organization and increase its impact, build the financial resources required for sustainable programming, and grow its organizational strength and effectiveness. Acting as a resource for the organization, the ED connects the vision and work of Canopy to the greater community and inspires others to act. Working across the organization with program leaders, staff, Board members and other volunteers, the ED centers and advances the mission in day-to-day work.

This role requires culturally competent communication skills, success in fundraising, and keen resource management. The ED must be able to cultivate and maintain strong and authentic relationships with a wide range of partners and community leaders. Successful cultivation of individual and institutional donors and other funding partners will be required to build sustainable financial and community support. The ED also works to align funding with the scope of Canopy’s programs and build funding flexibility to address various community and urban forest needs.

Community Outreach & Data Processing Intern

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Time frame: June-August 2023, 10-20 hours/week with possible extension, flexible schedule

Compensation: $16.45/hour, not to exceed 240 hours total

Location: hybrid remote/field mix in East Palo Alto, CA

Under the supervision of Canopy’s Tree Care Coordinator, the Community Outreach & Data Processing (CODP) Intern will assist with data mining and perform an outreach campaign for trees that have been planted by Canopy in East Palo Alto older than three years. This project will focus on the East Palo Alto community in an effort to identify and address potential tree care needs for trees planted earlier than the current three-year post-planting tree care commitment.

With help from the Tree Care team, the CODP intern will compile data from previous years’ tree plantings using Google Sheets, Salesforce, and Tree Plotter and sort trees into neighborhoods or zones for outreach routes. With support from Canopy staff, the intern will distribute door tags and/or fliers to each resident that has received a tree from Canopy to ask if they would like Canopy to check on their tree(s). Responses from this campaign will be recorded and fielded by Canopy Staff; the intern will not be required to perform tree care duties. The intern will have flexible office and field hours, especially in the later part of the summer.

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