Employment Opportunities

Manager of Outreach

Posted 9/24/2018

Theodore Payne Foundation’s Manager of Outreach is a critical link between the mission of the Foundation and the residents of Los Angeles County and beyond. The Manager of Outreach provides a positive and well-informed face to the public and represents the Theodore Payne Foundation in a professional and ethical manner. The incumbent’s primary responsibilities are to arrange for and staff outreach at community events across the County, including “tabling,” delivering public talks, and leading the Landscaping for Resilience program. This position is half-time and reports to the Executive Director.


  • Provide accurate and compelling information in such a way that it influences people to plant or support native plants.
  • Create and present compelling, highly illustrated PowerPoint talks about native plants for specific community/event needs, including but not limited to why native plants matter, their relevance to water/energy/sustainability/biodiversity issues, plant selection for specific situations/goals, design, establishment and maintenance.
  • Identify and establish new outreach opportunities that will broaden the native plant community in economic, ethnic, and generational terms.
  • Schedule and complete supporting paperwork for TPF participation in outreach events; pay fees and secure licenses, as necessary, and submit liability insurance forms.
  • Schedule and coordinate outreach talks at libraries, neighborhood council meetings, social clubs, retirement homes, etc.
  • Contact non-profits, civic organizations, and homeowner groups that are not knowledgeable about native plants and encourage their use of natives in planting projects; attend civic and community meetings as needed.
  • Contact non-profits, civic organizations, and homeowner groups that are planning community projects and recruit them for the Landscaping for Resilience program. Working in coordination with community members, provide classes about native plants, develop planting plans, secure plants from the Theodore Payne Nursery as needed, coordinate installation of landscapes, and create a two-year maintenance scheme to ensure landscape establishment.
  • In coordination with the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, recruit and train groups of volunteers for outreach events. Training will cover role-playing to help volunteers optimally respond to the public’s varied understanding of native plants; training will also cover display tips for the outreach materials and booth set-up.
  • Coordinate outreach participation with volunteers (where to park, materials to set up, delivery of materials to volunteers when you not there, and retrieval of materials).
  • Organize outreach and event materials, including cash box for off-site sales when needed.
  • Coordinate with Sales Yard staff on use and purchase of plant material, either for outreach events or off-site plant sales.
  • As a public face for the organization, this position is the first point of contact for many inquiries. Once inquiry is received, directs public inquiries to the appropriate Theodore Payne Foundation staff member: plant sales, K-12 education, volunteer opportunities, donations, etc.
  • Draft blog posts and other communications materials to promote Theodore Payne Foundation programs as requested.
  • Work with communications and web staff or contractors to update event listings.
  • Obtain completed release forms from community participants, then take photos of participants and volunteers at outreach events, etc. for inclusion in TPF communications.
  • When working with grant funds, keep accurate and complete records and prepare periodic reports for funders.
  • As requested, identify possible grant funders, do research on their specific funding areas, and draft proposals. Keep files on the TPF network on all grants submitted, with background info.


  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills required; sense of humor helpful
  • A high degree of comfort working with diverse audiences in a diplomatic manner required
  • The capacity to champion the Theodore Payne Foundation and native plant horticulture required
  • Solid knowledge of California native plant horticulture and related fields required
  • Ability to stand, talk and walk for long periods of time, such as daylong outreach events, and lift 20 pounds, climb a ladder, and bend
  • Valid California driver’s license required
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including overtime or weekends during busy seasons
  • Must be able to adapt quickly and be flexible in front of an audience
  • Professional demeanor; ability to work with the public in gracious, patient, intelligent manner; and ability to represent TPF in a public capacity and work well with other staff, volunteers and interns required
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office) and PowerPoint required
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in native plant education highly desirable
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable


  • Sick time
  • Staff discount

Schedule: 20 hours/week, flexible schedule, including many Saturdays

Send cover letter, resume, and references to info@theodorepayne.org with the subject heading of: Manager of Outreach. Those invited for an interview will be expected to give a 15 minute presentation on native plants or a related subject.


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