Tree Pittsburgh Board Member

Tree Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Board Member

Other

Oct 31

Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing community vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree planting and care, education, advocacy, and land conservation. Tree Pittsburgh is a registered 501(c)3. Our vision is to create a healthy urban forest for all by inspiring and engaging people to maintain, plant, and protect trees. We believe that all people have the right to benefit from the many health, environmental, and social benefits that trees provide. A greener city will create more vital communities for generations to come.

Since 2006, we worked with thousands of volunteers and partners, including TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, to plant and distribute nearly 60,000 trees in parks, along streets, trails, and waterways. To keep up with the growing demand for trees, we developed our own nursery program where staff and volunteers collect seed and grow thousands of native trees for planting across the region. We deliver public education programs for children and adults, and we provide community technical support to communities that wish to use trees to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. Tree Pittsburgh advocates for trees and forests at the local, state, and federal level to ensure that future generations enjoy the many heath, economic, and environmental benefits that trees provide.

 In 2016, the organization began work to develop a five-acre vacant brownfield on the Allegheny River in Lawrenceville into a new campus that includes a larger tree nursery, workshop, offices, education center and outdoor classroom. The new building was completed in 2018; the project consolidates all programs on one site, both increasing organizational efficiency and providing new opportunities for hands-on education programs. Learn more about Tree Pittsburgh at www.treepittsburgh.org

Board Position

Tree Pittsburgh aims to diversify the leadership of the organization. With that in mind, we strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including people of color and other minorities. Pittsburgh Board members serve four-year terms and may be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis in evenings from 6 pm – 8 pm. Board member expectations are outlined below.

Board Member Expectations

Our expectation is that our board members are passionate about the mission and vision of Tree Pittsburgh and actively commit their time, talent, and financial support to the organization. The primary role of a board member of Tree Pittsburgh is to lead the organization in fulfilling its mission and vision; contribute to its fiscal and programmatic health and welfare; and to carry out the functions of a Board Member and/or Officer as delineated in the bylaws. To accomplish this, board members are expected to:

  • Understand Tree Pittsburgh’s mission, vision, and programs, and to advocate on behalf of the organization to a broad audience.
  • Participate in strategic planning, board self-evaluation and development workshops, seminars, and other education events that enhance skills as a board member.
  • Always act ethically for the good of Tree Pittsburgh and represent the organization in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Give or get an annual contribution to Tree Pittsburgh of $2,000 annually; the following will be counted towards that commitment:
  • Personal donation to Tree Pittsburgh
  • Corporate matching gifts
  • Stock or other gifts in kind
  • Solicitation of personal/business/community contacts that result in a gift to Tree Pittsburgh
  • Volunteer service at Tree Pittsburgh events
  • Attend all six bi-monthly board meetings
  • Come prepared to contribute to the discussion at board meetings, having read the agenda and supporting materials relevant to the meeting; support actions taken by the board as a whole
  • Work with and respect the opinions of other board members, leaving personal biases/prejudices out of board discussions
  • Serve on one of the standing committees which include Finance, Fundraising, Board Development and Nominating, Executive or other committees as needed
  • Disclose any conflicts of interest as required by the annual Conflict of Interest Statement
  • Attend at least one Tree Pittsburgh volunteer event per year
  • Support and attend Board fundraising events
  • Refrain from interfering with administrative decisions or issues that are the responsibility of the staff
  • Complete the Tree Tender training course within the first 12 months of Board term.

To apply, please send resume or bio and letter of interest to: info@treepittsburgh.org by November 30, 2022

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