TreePeople has been awarded a contract for Project Development for the Disadvantage Community and Tribal Involvement Program (locally referred as WaterTalks) in the greater Los Angeles and upper Santa Clara River areas.  This program provides outreach and engagement to select communities and is in the process of completing a tribal strength and needs assessment that will help to identify water related issues such as water quality and quantity, stormwater management, flooding, wastewater and water pricing.

We are seeking a Tribal Engagement Coordinator to join our Water Equity Programs team.   This position will work closely with the Project Manager to organize and support the project by working with and organizing tribal community members to identify water needs of the communities and deliver training and education of the program to the community for the period of October 2021 through December 2022.


●       Engage tribal communities in watershed assessment, planning, project design and project advocacy.

●       Provide knowledge and/or research tailored to tribal communities, particularly in urban water-related topics such as drinking water, sanitation, stormwater management, flood control, consumer cost and access to water for cultural and ceremonial uses.

●       Participate in development and delivery of tribal involvement training curriculum for audiences that include community-based organizations and public agencies.

●       Support the WaterTalks leadership group by providing guidance, training, and education to support ground truthing of the Needs Assessment and project development.

●       Provide administration on public-funded programs and contracts as assigned, including support for procurement and subcontracting, ongoing reporting and close-out, meeting key dates and deadlines, and record-keeping.

●       Store and maintain contract records in an electronic data management system.

●       Serve as a link between assigned programs and finance department on fiscal-related matters including but not limited to contract invoicing and collections, and subcontractor and vendor invoices and payment.

●       Participate in meetings, coordinate program input, write and review briefs to prepare organizational staff and Leadership for tribal community meetings and events.

●       Provide support in general community engagement efforts as needed.

●       Aid in development and design of new tribal community engagement programs.

●       Other duties as assigned.



●       Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.

●       Experience in supporting and working with Los Angeles tribal communities, water and urban planning and infrastructure and working with low-income communities in Los Angeles is strongly preferred.

●       Experience in project management or project administrative support and nonprofit business acumen.

●       Strong relationships within indigenous, tribal communities within the California or Los Angeles region is strongly desired.

●       Solid leadership, team-building and problem-solving skills.

●       Highly organized, detailed oriented, strong work ethic, friendly, smart, proactive and a quick learner.

●       Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

●       Available to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends.

●       Knowledge of environmental, equity and education issues especially urban water and/or green-infrastructure issues in the Los Angeles region and engaging local communities.

●       Solid presentation skills, including experience presenting at workshops, community and agency meetings.

●       Experience working in team environments, developing relationships and facilitating ongoing dialogue with multiple project partners, including public agencies, municipalities, elected offices, and NGOs.

●       Works independently, handles multiple priorities and tight timelines.

●       Strategic and dedicated approach to complex problem-solving.

●       Ability to remain flexible and adapt to multiple processes prone to change.

●       Ability to schedule, set up and track multiple-stakeholder meetings.

●       Attention to detail in writing and proofing material, thorough notation of meeting conversations, tracking and managing projects, contracts and grants.



TreePeople is an equal opportunity employer.

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About TreePeople

TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization that is mobilizing people, business, philanthropists, and public agencies to work together to create green, resilient communities by planting trees, capturing the rainwater, greening schools, and providing fun environmental educational activities. We inspire, engage, and support the community to increase the urban tree canopy and address climate threats and environmental justice in Los Angeles and across the region.