Shade Tree Commission Vacancy

Narberth Borough has one seat available for the Shade Tree Commission. The term expires 12/31/2027. The Commission develops programming and budget recommendations for the long-term preservation and enhancement of Narberth’s tree canopy. If you are a resident of the Borough and are interested for the volunteer position, please submit a Volunteer Application Form to

Desired Experience and Qualities

  • Experience in horticulture, landscape architecture or landscape design, ecology, arboriculture and similar professions are preferred, but not necessary. A love of trees and this community are most important. Tree-related knowledge or expertise is very helpful, but we can provide basic training through Tree Tenders/other sources. 
  • Aside from tree-related expertise, we could also use someone who is interested or has experience in managing volunteers, managing data/GIS abilities, communications/graphics expertise, writing abilities and community engagement. Basically, when we do our tree plantings, we need to do a TON of coordination and just plain talking to residents and volunteers. You don’t need to be a tree expert to do that stuff.
  • Although not required, it is helpful for the member to be well connected to the community. It helps facilitate possible tree plantings and advance the initiatives of the Commission. 


    • Meetings – we typically meet 11 times per year, usually skipping one summer month. We expect members to attend at least 9 meetings.
    • Tree planting days – we plant trees twice a year, the weekend before Thanksgiving and a spring weekend around earth day (dates set by PHS). We prefer members be able to participate in both plantings, but honestly, most of us have missed a planting day here or there.
    • Other work as assigned – coordination and communication w/ Borough staff, residents, and volunteers (especially in weeks leading up to planting days). Creating content for the website, borough blast, Instagram, etc. Additional meetings w/ borough staff, residents, etc. on an as needed basis.
    • General availability – we expect members to read and respond to emails, texts, phone calls a few times a week/ as necessary. 
    • Training – we expect all STC members to complete PHS’ Tree Tender training within their first year and become a certified tree tender.  We didn’t include any training $ in our budget, but PHS doesn’t cost a whole lot, so the Borough should be able to cover it.