Extension Field Specialist in Urban Forestry & Ecology
UNH Cooperative Extension
Goffstown New Hampshire
This position is based at the Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension office in Goffstown, N.H., and leads UNH Extension’s educational, technical and volunteer programming in urban forestry and ecology. New Hampshire is becoming more urbanized, with urban areas projected to increase to over 10% of the state by 2060. Urban and community trees and forests provide a variety of ecological, social and economic values including reduced stormwater runoff, air pollution mitigation, noise reduction, improved air quality, heat island mitigation, carbon sequestration and improved quality of life for communities. A recent Arbor Day Foundation study estimates that N.H.’s urban trees add an estimated $356 million to property values across the state. The Extension field specialist in urban forestry and ecology will engage community leaders and volunteers in training and projects related to tree planting, pruning, care and maintenance, community tree inventory and arboriculture, and enhancing ecosystem services provided by urban and community trees and forests.
This position will work in conjunction with other Extension staff and partners to strengthen and support urban forestry and urban ecology programming with an emphasis on training, supporting and working with volunteers, especially in underserved urban areas (as identified by groups such as the Council on Environmental Quality and American Forests). The field specialist will be part of a collaborative team focused on urban and community forestry with the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, other Extension natural resources staff, and conservation organizations working in urban areas. The field specialist will contribute data and metrics to Extension natural resources and volunteer program action plans and will support the state urban and community forestry program in collecting data and metrics on community trees and forests, especially those associated with volunteer action.
Contact Name: Steven Roberge
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