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Cayuse Holdings Urban & Community Forestry Case Manager in Des Moines, Iowa


The Urban Forestry Case Managers will play a crucial role in supporting the implementation of GreenLatinos' Urban and Community Forestry Program. They will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 10 municipality subawardees each, eventually expanding to include management of CBO subawardees. Their primary responsibilities will include supporting subawardees with project development, providing direct technical assistance, monitoring, and auditing projects through development, implementation, and close-out. They will work closely with subawardees and contractors to ensure projects comply with grant requirements and support the Program Director with the implementation of planned technical assistance and peer learning offerings. Additionally, they will support subawardees in aligning projects with underserved communities most impacted by urban forest degradation, development, and climate change.


GreenLatinos convenes an active comunidad of Latino/a/e leaders, emboldened by the power and wisdom of our culture, united to demand equity and dismantle racism, resourced to win our environmental, conservation, and climate justice battles, and driven to secure our political, economic, cultural, and environmental liberation. We envision a healthy and equitable society where communities of color are liberated from disproportionate environmental burdens, free to breathe fresh air, drink pure water, access clean transportation and enjoy our majestic public lands, ocean, and waters.


Through the Inflation Reduction Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban and Community Forestry Program received and will disburse a historic $1.5 billion to support urban tree-planting, urban forest planning and management, and related activities, particularly in frontline communities. GreenLatinos was selected to manage awards for and support 20 municipalities in implementing proposed urban and community forestry projects over the next 5 years, disbursing $11.5M in funding to pre-selected municipalities in California and Illinois through its Justicia y Equidad Fund (JyE Fund). GreenLatinos’ Justicia y Equidad Fund is an intermediary fund whose purpose is to provide grants to help grow the capacity and programmatic capabilities of Latino/a/e serving frontline environmental justice organizations and campaigns. GreenLatinos will also disburse an additional $8.5M in reserve funding to community-based organizations seeking to implement urban and community forestry projects, facilitating outreach to target communities, running a competitive sub-award process, and providing technical assistance and oversight to support project implementation for all subawardees.


Program Support (10%)

  • Support the Program Director with implementation of technical assistance and peer learning offerings, to include webinars, calls, and a yearly in-person convening among subawardees on topics spanning federal urban & community forestry program goals, match waiver compliance, scaling, project development, reporting, compliance, equity in access, workforce development, outreach, etc.

Project Coordination & Management (50%)

  • Serve as the main point of contact for a portfolio of municipality and community based organization subawardees facilitating urban & community forestry projects, providing guidance on project implementation, and monitoring projects through development, implementation, and close-out

  • Support portfolio of subawardees in adhering to project plans, timelines, milestones, and deliverables, ensuring clear understanding of project expectations and responsibilities, and monitoring progress

  • Help identify deviations from project goals and provide tailored assistance and content expertise to maintain project momentum and/or amend project scopes of work and deliverables as needed

Compliance & Reporting (20%)

  • Support subawardees in adhering with and completing reporting requirements in accordance to GreenLatinos' cooperative agreement with the USDA, and MOUs executed by subawardees with GreenLatinos

  • Assist in maintaining and collecting subawardee project documentation for semi-annual reporting to the USDA, and ensuring compliance with project requirements

Relationship Management (20%)

  • Build and maintain relationships with sub-awardees and contractors, ensuring open communication and trust

  • Collaborate with internal departments to ensure smooth program administration and effective resource utilization



  • Bachelor’s degree in urban forestry, ecology, environmental science, or related field

  • 3-5 years of project or case management experience, preferably with municipal or community experience

  • Strong understanding of project development and project management frameworks

  • Significant experience providing tailored technical assistance and liaising between diverse stakeholders

  • Proficiency in program budgets, project reporting, defining scopes of work, and project management

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, decision-making, and problem-solving skills

  • Commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice and centering frontline communities

  • Must be able to provide own personal computer and mobile phone for work (financial assistance can be requested)


  • Facilitation experience, particularly in culturally-responsive and inclusive settings

  • Spanish speaking and writing capabilities

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement: Cayuse embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating and building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Cayuse, and all of its subsidiaries, are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are an affirmative action employer.

Pay Range

USD $60,000.00 - USD $75,000.00 /Yr.

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Location US-N/A

ID 102191

Category Management

Position Type Full-Time Hourly Non Exempt

Remote Yes

Clearance Required None