Verde is hiring: Landscape Program Assistant

Job Description



$20,000 ($19.23/hr) + benefits

Position Objective

Verde Landscape provides landscape contracting services with a focus on storm water management installation and maintenance, restoration of wetlands, streams and natural areas and sustainable landscape installation services. Verde offers these services to general contractors, sub-contractors, governments, environmental and conservation groups, and in some cases directly to property owners in order to generate work opportunities for crew members in the green economy. The ideal candidate will perform in a fast paced environment that consistently pursues new mission driven opportunities as well as thrive in a dynamic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment and be motivated by Verde’s mission.

Verde’s mission is to serve communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise outreach and advocacy. Learn more at and

Job Summary

Provide administrative support to Verde’s Landscape Program Manager; develop and implement training opportunities for Verde Landscape Crew Members. The position is half-time to start and is projected to grow to full time after six months.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

50%  Administrative Support: The Verde Landscape Program Assistant is an integral part of the VL Program and is provided with tasks that are challenging and valuable. Under guidance of the VL Program Manager the Program Assistant is assigned to VL projects. Duties:

  • Create invoices
  • Code and log receipts
  • Purchase of project materials and supplies
  • Coordinate safety meetings
  • Maintain equipment and materials inventory
  • Assist with crew scheduling and record keeping
  • Organize program data
  • Other duties assigned by Program Manager

50%  Training Liaison: The Verde Training Liaison will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop and identify transition opportunities for Verde Landscape Crew Members.                     
  •  Work with Verde Landscape Program Manager to develop Individual Learning Plans for Landscape Crew Members.
  • Develop and implement training opportunities for Landscape Crew Members per their Learning Plans.
  • Document training hours provided, and make this information available to other Verde staff as needed.
  • Work with Verde staff and other partners to develop training, recruitment and hiring pathways for crew.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Ability to take and give verbal and written instruction
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, web browsers, mobile technology, Publisher, Acrobat.
  • Well organized, self-directed, excellent attention to detail
  • Basic management skills: time management, scheduling and communication (written and verbal).
  • Spanish speaker preferred.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


Submit cover letter and resume to Ricardo Moreno, Verde Landscape Program Manager, Position is open until filled.

Living Cully Buys the Sugar Shack...!!

A key milepost in an exciting journey -- today, Living Cully (via Living Cully Plaza LLC, a limited liability company comprising Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, and Verde) took ownership of the Sugar Shack.

This kind of great result doesn't happen without important contributions from many, many organizations and individuals, including the Living Cully Partners, Craft3, the Portland Development Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, the many contributors to Living Cully's first crowdfunding campaign, and numerous other critical participants.

A special shout out to Tony DeFalco, Living Cully Coordinator, who did tremendous and tireless work from the moment the for sale sign appeared on the building, pushing that mythical rock up the hill until he actually reached the top. We're fortunate to have such talented and dedicated folks working for Verde and Living Cully...

Major federal grant for Cully Park...!!

Great news, and another welcome and humbling payoff for hard work by many, many people and organizations.

Today, we are pleased to share that we have secured a $500,000 federal grant to develop Cully Park. These funds will support development of the soccer field, and are being provided by the National Parks Service's National Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. Cully Park is 1 of only 10 awards in the nation, and 1 of only 2 to receive the maximum grant amount, a recognition of the power of our community-based model for Park development.

It is important to express our great thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation and to the State of Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Nonprofits, like Verde, cannot apply for these grants -- Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grants are available only to state and local government agencies as well as to certain federally-recognized Indian tribes. So, please join us in thanking the City and the State for pursuing these funds for Cully Park, and for their continuing partnership and unwavering support.

Click here to read Portland Parks & Recreation's press release...

Living Cully's 1st crowdfunding campaign is a success...!!

1.8.2015. THANK YOU to all of you who donated, got the word out or got friends and family to donate to Let Us Buy the Sugar Shack! We raised $54,194 and surpassed our $50K goal on December 18. We’ve received verbal commitments of an additional $10,070 in contributions as well. Over 500 people and organizations contributed. This is an amazing outpouring of support from the community and we are heartened by it.

So, what’s next?

The sale is still moving forward. We have until January 25 to complete our due diligence. We are still completing our due diligence, including building inspection and appraisal. We’ve been supported by the Cully Blvd Alliance in paying for these costs. THANK YOU Cully Blvd Alliance!! We have been and will continue to engage with community members and potential tenants of the redeveloped site to identify community-serving uses like healthy food, recreation, childcare, health care along with green infrastructure to create environmental benefits at the site.

Living Cully welcomes new staff

1.5.2015. Happy news to report -- Living Cully welcomes new staff in 2015: Anna Gordon (Living Cully Communications/Outreach Coordinator), and Cameron Herrington (Living Cully Anti-Displacement Coordinator).

Anna comes to us from Living Cully Partner Hacienda CDC, where she built a stellar track record working within the Hacienda community serving residents, youth and the broader Cully Neighborhood. She speaks English and Spanish, and lives in in the Cully Neighborhood.

Cameron has been the Not in Cully intern for the past year, and is finishing his Masters in Urban Studies at PSU focusing on the impacts of displacement. He speaks English and Spanish.

Together, Anna and Cameron mean a tremendoues increase in Living Cully's ability to engage community, communicate our work, preserve affordability and raise income. Anna is housed at Verde and Cameron is housed at Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East.

Please join us in welcoming these great folks to our collective work...

NAYA initiates Cully Weatherization 2.0

10.29.2014: This winter, Living Cully -- together with Clean Energy Works , MACG, Energy Trust of Oregon, Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Housing Bureau -- is supporting neighborhood stabilization and offsetting the pressures of gentrification in Cully through the Cully Weatherization 2.0 project.  Cully Wx 2.0 builds off of 2010's Changing the Climate in Cully project, led by MACG.

After intensive neighborhood outreach, the project partners will launch a pilot weatherizing up to 100 single-family owner-occupied homes-with a focus on low- and moderate-income households and communities of color-to advance the benefits of carbon reduction, energy savings, workforce development and positive health outcomes.

To find out if you qualify for the Cully Weatherization 2.0 project, please contact the project coordinator at the Native American Youth & Family Center via email ( or by phone (503.288.8177 ext. 299).

New Positions in FY15

8.6.2014. Good additions and changes happening at Verde as our FY15 enters its second month:

Alyssa Kocsis continues growing with and within our company, transitioning to the Verde Data Coordinator position. Long-time friends of Verde might recall that she began working at Verde in early 2012 as the Landscape Program Assistant, and then became Verde's first Training Liaison (our point person for crew member training). As the Data Coordinator, she collects, organizes, analyzes and shares data to support Verde and Living Cully, building off a year of work with Ecotrust to develop an in-depth data collection, evaluation and dissemination model, with an emphasis on GIS presentation. Congratulations Alyssa!

Maria Jimenez has been hired to serve as the Verde Program Assistant. Maria began working as an Intern at Verde in early 2014, referred through the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Workforce Experience Intermediary Project. She quickly became a great and valuable part of our team, and we are happy to say that we have hired her as a regular Verde employee. As the Program Assistant, Maria supports Cully Park, Outreach, Verde Landscape, and organizational administration. Welcome Maria!

Living Cully awarded Kresge Foundation cross-program grant...

7.10.2014. Something good to share -- today, Living Cully (Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, NAYA, Verde) was awarded a 3 year, $600,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation. This important award will build capacity across all 4 Living Cully Partners, as well as fund 2 new full-time positions:

The Living Cully Communications Coordinator, responsible for implementing the Living Cully Communications Plan. Verde hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17

The Not In Cully Coordinator, responsible for implementing “Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood," a 2013 Report prepared by Living Cully. Habitat for Humanity hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17.

Led by Kresge's Health Program, this grant includes resources from 4 Kresge program areas: Health, Community Development, Arts & Culture, and Environment. Please click here to read a joint Living Cully-Kresge press release about the grant, and please join us in celebrating this exciting opportunity and in the good/challenging work ahead...

Pedro Moreno travels to Denver to present at Brownfields Symposium...

6.12.2014. Today, Pedro Moreno, long-time Verde Outreach Worker, presented information at the 2014 ASTSWMO State Superfund and Brownfields Joint Managers Symposium, held in Denver, CO. In a session titled "Above and Beyond: Successful Outreach Methods and Better Metrics Measurement," Pedro shared information about the Human Health Risk Assessment process for Cully Park, the development of our community-driven vision for the Park, and that project's deep commitment to community engagement.

This was Pedro's first time traveling out of state to share information about Verde and the daily good work he does, so we're excited and proud of the great job he did representing our community. Please join us in thanking and congratulating him for an excellent presentation...