Georgia Arbor Day with Green Truck

February 7th, 2020 by admin

Looking for a way to celebrate Georgia Arbor Day? We know you are, and we’ve got you covered! Join us and Green Truck Pub to celebrate Georgia’s trees with our first annual…

Georgia Arbor Day Block Party!

There will be tree-related activities for the whole family, delicious food from Green Truck, a seedling giveaway, and much more. You can also learn about ways to get involved with STF to help us protect and grow Chatham County’s urban forest.

Mark your calendars now, and join us Sunday, 2/23, 12-4pm

Check out our Facebook event for up-to-date details and activity information!

Click here to donate as part of #GiveGreen month-long campaign.


January 22nd, 2020 by admin

Enjoy Teri Yarbow and Max Almy’s Immanence exhibit at the Telfair Jepson Center’s PULSE Art + Technology Festival? Feeling inspired to help plant more trees and nurture Savannah’s tree canopy? Please consider a donation to the Savannah Tree Foundation. We are a 501c3 dedicated to protecting and growing Chatham County’s urban forest through tree planting, community engagement, and advocacy.

Cool Schools 2020

December 17th, 2019 by admin

Help us bring trees to school campuses across Chatham County, donate to Cool Schools!

For planting season this year, Savannah Tree Foundation is dreaming big and we need your help! From now until the end of March, we are planting trees on school campuses in Chatham County through a program we’re calling Cool Schools.

Why schools? School grounds are ideal areas to improve Chatham County’s urban forest from the ground up. Trees can improve physical fitness, attention span, outdoor education, and public health. We aim to bring trees and their numerous benefits to students at school sites currently lacking tree canopy.

This is no small undertaking. We usually plant at 2 or 3 sites each planting season, but this year we’re targeting 8. More sites mean more trees, but also means more legwork and higher costs. This is where you come in.

It costs us $500 to plant and maintain one tree for 2 years. This includes the cost of the tree, planting equipment, our staff’s time to plant and maintain the trees, and educational programming for the students involved. We aim to plant at least 10 trees at each targeted campus, meaning each school site will cost us $5,000. With 8 targeted campuses, this project is going to cost us $40,000–one of the largest single investments in trees that we’ve ever planned!

Click here to donate!

Fall Frolic Sponsors 2019

September 24th, 2019 by Zoe Rinker

THANK YOU to our 11th Annual Fall Frolic Sponsors!

The Savannah Tree Foundation is lucky to have a generous group of businesses and individuals who support our work and Chatham County’s urban tree canopy!

Thank you to the following Fall Frolic 2019 Corporate Sponsors:

This donation was made in honor of longtime STF supporter and tree champion Dale Thorpe.

We also thank the following sponsors:

Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. H. Mitchell Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Patt Suwyn
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Barrow III
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Critz, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory and Ana Freiwald
Mr. and Mrs. Angus and Leslie Littlejohn
Mrs. Audrey Platt
Mr. Dan Suwyn and Mrs. Kim Bockius-Suwyn
Mr. and Mrs. Sonny and Dale Thorpe

Fall Frolic 11

August 15th, 2019 by admin

Join us to celebrate Savannah’s trees!

Our 11th Annual Fall Frolic will be held October 3rd at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.


Savannah’s urban forest is a vital part of our community. Our trees:

  • Provide shade for our streets, sidewalks, homes and public spaces
  • Increase our property values
  • Improve the quality of the air we breathe
  • Reduce storm water run-off, and so much more!

For all they do for us, Savannah’s trees need our support. The Savannah Tree Foundation provides a voice for trees, caring for them today and planning and planting for the future.

This annual event underwrites over 25% of the Savannah Tree Foundation’s operating and project budget, enabling us to plant trees, advocate, and educate about our urban forest. Money raised will also fund our 2019-2020 planting priority of trees at schools throughout Chatham County.

Please consider supporting our trees and our community by sponsoring Savannah Tree Foundation’s 11th Annual Fall Frolic.


  • Presenting Sponsor in all Fall Frolic 11 promotions
  • Full page ad, inside cover of event program
  • Reserved table for 8 with corporate signage
  • 2019 Lead Supporter of STF with name or logo on STF website with link
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • Private tree tour for up to 12 people

$5,000     CANOPY PATRON

  • Full page ad in event program
  • 2019 Lead Supporter of STF with name or logo on STF website with link to your company’s website
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • Reserved table for 8 with corporate signage
  • Private tree tour for up to 6 people

$2,500    CROWN PATRON

  • Half-page ad in event program
  • Name/logo on sponsor page of program
  • Name/logo with link on STF website
  • Featured in social media promotions
  • 8 tickets to Fall Frolic 11


  • Name/logo on sponsor page of program
  • Name/logo on STF website
  • Named in social media promotions
  • 6 tickets to Fall Frolic 11


  • Name on sponsor page of program
  • 4 tickets to Fall Frolic 11

$300     LEAF PATRON

  • Name on sponsor page of program
  • 2 tickets to Fall Frolic 11

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

Introducing our New Executive Director!

July 23rd, 2019 by Heather Gordon

Savannah Tree Foundation is excited to announce our new Executive Director—Zoe Rinker!

A Savannah-native who most recently lived in Baltimore, MD, Zoe is eager to bring her urban policy experience back to her hometown after a decade away building a diverse career in community development, city planning, and organizational management. She is dedicated to setting a clear and bold vision for STF as we continue to advocate for the critical protection of Chatham County’s urban tree canopy.

Zoe joins us after three years innovating urban planning research at a real estate technology startup based in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Zoe managed the Baltimore City Demolition Department, where she expanded city-wide deconstruction efforts and worked closely with community stakeholders to create green spaces on post-demolition sites. Zoe started her career in executive support roles with the Baltimore City Permits and Code Enforcement Division and Neighborworks America. She graduated with honors from Yale University with a dual degree in Anthropology and International Studies.

Zoe is very happy to be back in Savannah and is currently teaching her Wisconsin-native husband, Rob, the joys of the Salt Life. In her free time, Zoe enjoys cooking, home renovation, woodworking, and playing with her dogs under the shade of backyard live oaks. She is also re-learning all the fun restaurants and cafes in town, so feel free to reach out to her at with any recommendations or with any questions about trees!

HIRED! STF is looking for its next leader: Executive Director position posted

February 21st, 2019 by Heather Gordon

Thank you to everyone for their interest in this position. We are excited to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director!

Are you a charismatic leader interested in maintaining the rich cultural landscape of one of the most historic cities in our country? Do you want to guide a small, impactful non-profit to be even more effective and engaging? Do you thrive off of making a difference in your community and working with local government and the public? You may be the right candidate for the Executive Director role at the Savannah Tree Foundation. Known for its majestic live oaks, Spanish moss-draped tree canopy, and a natural environment that includes 300-year old trees, miles of beaches, and endless tidal marshes, Savannah needs an advocate for trees.

Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) is seeking qualified candidates for the Executive Director position. Learn more in the full job description here.

Rooting Community: Tree Maintenance Technician opportunities available

October 30th, 2018 by Heather Gordon

Tree Planting and Maintenance Technician – Job Application

Neighborhoods for these tree projects:
Westlake Apartments (Nov. 10 start date), Kayton Homes (Jan start date), Franklin Apartments (Dec start date), Hudson Hill

Position Description:

Savannah Tree Foundation is looking to engage community residents to support tree planting and tree care projects while helping them learn workforce skills to assist them in future employment. These contract positions will be supervised by the STF Field Manager, Jake Henry. STF will train technicians prior to the tree planting event and on an on-going basis regarding duties involved with the position. This position will include helping lead a tree planting in the designated neighborhood, routine maintenance of planted trees following the planting event for up to two years, periodic assistance with Savannah Tree Foundation projects throughout Chatham County, and on-going training projects during time of employment.

Job tasks may include, but not be limited to:

  • Watering trees weekly, including moving hoses around the property
  • Tree care such as weeding and mulching
  • Leading volunteer groups in tree care projects
  • Pruning young trees using hand clippers
  • Laying or repairing irrigation (with proper training)
  • Installing protective temporary fencing

Position requires:

  • Lifting and moving objects over 50 lbs
  • Bend, squatting, and other movements for limited periods of time
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Potentially working in inclement weather (for example: extreme cold)

Each contracted technician will receive a stipend of $50 per month.

For any technician that fulfills the responsibilities of this position for two years from the date of planting, the Savannah Tree Foundation will pay for training or testing for a mutually agreed workforce development certification, up to a $250 value. An example of this certification includes the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional.

This contract position is open to any candidate over the age of 15 years old. Preference will be given to residents living in the complex where trees are to be planted.


Please fill out all of the sections below:


Applicant Information

  • Applicant Name:


  • Address:


  • City, State, and Zip Code:


  • Telephone Number:


  • Email Address:


Personal Information

  • Are you a U.S. citizen or approved to work in the United States?

Yes      No


  • Can you provide documentation as proof of citizenship or legal status (for example, a social security card)?

Yes      No


  • Do you have a condition which would require job accommodations (for example, physical limitations)?

Yes      No


  • If yes, please describe accommodations required below.




Position Interest

  • What interests you most about this position?



  • Do you plan on a career in tree care or landscaping?



  • Are you able to spend approximately 2 hours each week maintaining the planted trees?



  • Are you available for longer than 2 hours every other month to assist with STF projects or training workshops?



  • Are you able to commit to maintaining the planted trees for 2 years?


Please submit application by either by mail or by emailing answers to the above questions to

October 2018: STF looking for an Executive Director

October 23rd, 2018 by Heather Gordon

Executive Director Search

Are you a charismatic leader interested in maintaining the rich cultural landscape of one of the most historic cities in our country? Do you want to guide a small, impactful non-profit to be even more effective and engaging? Do you thrive off of making a difference in your community and working with local government and the public? You may be the right candidate for the Executive Director role at the Savannah Tree Foundation. Known for its majestic live oaks, Spanish moss-draped tree canopy, and a natural environment that includes 300-year old trees, miles of beaches, and endless tidal marshes, Savannah needs an advocate for trees.

Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) is seeking qualified candidates for the Executive Director position. Savannah Tree Foundation is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and planting trees across Chatham County, GA through education, advocacy, and action. STF’s volunteers have been planting and caring for trees in Savannah and across Chatham County, GA since 1982. The Savannah Tree Foundation works with local government, community partners, and the public to grow the tree canopy for a healthier, safer, economically-strong, and environmentally-sound community.

Governed by a Board of Directors, the work of the Savannah Tree Foundation is carried out by the Executive Director, Field Manager, two part-time staff, contracted professionals to help with specific projects, and a dedicated team of volunteers. STF is funded by supporters’ donations and grant funds. For more information, visit

Position Summary

Under the direction of the STF Board of Directors, the Executive Director has the responsibility to identify and pursue funding, maintain positive working relationships with city and community partners, as well as manage programs and day-to-day operations. This position requires an excitement for continuously learning and educating about trees and the role they play in society. The STF Executive Director must be an energetic, experienced, and ardent leader who will continue to increase community support and organizational capacity for the organization’s tree planting and stewardship, advocacy outreach, and education programs and ensure the organization’s long-term viability and effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in:

  • Financial development including community fundraising,
  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with government officials,
  • Building relationships with community partner organizations,
  • Independent leadership for organization and administrative soundness.

This full-time position is scheduled to begin in winter 2019.


Community Relations
· Advocate for trees and the urban forest throughout the community and in particular with government, special projects, and community organizations.
· Foster strong working relationships with elected officials, partner agencies, government representatives, and industry partners.
· Serve as a liaison with the community, other organizations, and the general public.
· Promote effective partnerships and cooperation with private, public, and non-profit entities to achieve programmatic goals.
· Serve as a spokesperson at public forums and events.
· Ensure the Savannah Tree Foundation website provides up-to-date information.
· Produce and send an e-newsletter to members and volunteers.
· Produce timely, appropriate social media content to further the mission.
· Promote the achievements of STF and its work with trees.

Fund Development
· Develop and implement fundraising techniques seeking financial commitments and contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and corporations.
· Identify and recruit earned income opportunities through STF providing project management and field services.
· Manage the membership program, maintain donor database and records, and provide donor recognition.

· Collaborate with the Board for ongoing development of the organization’s vision and strategic plan with short- and long-term goals to guide the work of Savannah Tree Foundation. Create a clear vision that works in line with the organization’s mission while also recognizing the current needs of the community and anticipating how those needs may change in the future.
· Work with the Board and staff to maintain and improve existing programs and to develop new programs and services which serve the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
· Take a leadership role in local and regional efforts that affect the urban forest.

Program Management
· Oversee the development, coordination, implementation, evaluation, and ongoing improvement of all programs, including tree planting, tree maintenance, educational outreach, research, and advocacy.
· Maintain accurate records on program activities and participants to meet grant requirements and ensure ongoing organizational effectiveness.
· Envision and develop new programs in collaboration with the Board.

Fiscal & Financial Management
· Work with the Board to develop an annual budget.
· Collaborate with the Board to secure adequate funding for Savannah Tree Foundation programs.
· Identify funding sources, support development of grant proposals, develop fundraising plans, and solicit in-kind and financial donations.
· Ensure that accounting, billing, and payments are conducted in a timely and accurate manner. Invoice expenses for reimbursable grants and contracts and fulfill reporting requirements. Monitor cash flow and keep excellent financial records.
· Manage insurance policies, permits, licenses, and filing of local, state and federal taxes and reports as required. Assure that complete and accurate records are kept of such.
· Provide for the appropriate control and accountability of all funds, record-keeping, physical assets, and other property.
· Ensure compliance with all current federal, state, grantor, insurance, and human resource requirements and record keeping.

Board Relations
· Provide open, clear, and effective communication to maintain a strong collaborative relationship with the Board.
· Participate in Board meetings and appropriate committee meetings. Prepare Board meeting agendas in collaboration with the Board president and assist in the general administration of Board business.
· Provide timely, accurate and complete financial and management reports to keep the Board updated on the achievements, needs, and challenges of the organization.
· Prepare an annual report on the general operation, program and financial affairs of Savannah Tree Foundation.

Staff Supervision
· Ensure appropriate staff levels to carry out Savannah Tree Foundation programs.
· Recruit and train highly qualified staff members and contractors.
· Operate within budget levels.
· Provide staff with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis and ensure achievement in line with organizational goals.
· Hire and terminate staff as needed.

Core Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent skills and experience
· 5 or more years of relevant professional work experience
· Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
· Creativity and flexibility
· Commitment to trees and the environment
· Interest in the environmental issues and generally socially conscious individual
· Experience in fundraising and community development
· Experience working independently and leading a team
· Flexibility and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
· Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit
· Ability to work collaboratively with people of different backgrounds
· Basic computer and administrative skills (MS Office, record-keeping, etc.) and ability to learn new technologies quickly
· Possession of a valid driver’s license
· Willingness to step in and carry out operational or program activities as needed.
· Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather, stand for long periods of time, and to safely lift and move more than 50 lbs

Desired Qualifications

· Experience in a non-profit setting
· Experience with community outreach, volunteers, partnerships, and fundraising
· Experience hiring, managing, and supervising staff
· Communications experience including social media, press, and newsletters
· Knowledge of GiftWorks CRM, Quickbooks, Constant Contact, and/or Adobe products


Competitive salary based on experience.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should submit the following items via email:
· Cover letter
· Resume
· Contact information for 3 references
· Salary Requirements

This position will be open until filled. Review of applications will begin on October 30, 2018. Submit application to Heather Gordon at

A background check, clean drug test, and references will be required.

Nominations open for 2017 Founders Awards

August 4th, 2017 by Heather Gordon

The Savannah Tree Foundation invites public nominations for the 2017 Founders Awards. The Lynda Beam, Page Hungerpiller, and Suzie Williams awards recognize community efforts in line with the Savannah Tree Foundation’s mission to preserve, protect, and plant canopy trees in Chatham County. The public is invited to submit nominations by clicking here.

The Lynda Beam award is traditionally given to a community project protecting the natural environment through landscape design, tree preservation, and outreach and education. These projects demonstrate an appreciation for the value of trees and the positive lasting impact trees will have on the community. Past award winners include: Savannah Country Day School (2016), Coastal Arborist Association (2015), Armstrong State University (2014), and The Landings Association (2013).

The Page Hungerpiller award is given to a governing agency dedicated to protecting, maintaining, and growing the urban forest. This award recognizes the dedication of community leaders to provide resources to make a positive difference for our citizens today and well into the future. Past award winners include the Savannah Airport Commission (2016), City of Tybee Island (2015), Town of Thunderbolt (2014), and the City of Savannah Park & Tree Department (2013).

The Suzie Williams award is given to a business or property owner who exemplifies dedication to protecting the natural environment through landscape design and demonstrated concern for trees. These businesses and individuals set an example of the beneficial relationship between development and environmental conservation. Past award winners include: Mrs. Richard Platt (2016), Abercorn Common (2015), Mr. Gordon Matthews (2014), and Dr. Charles Fana (2013).

Award nominations are accepted from the public through August 18, 2017. Award winners will be recognized at a special awards picnic on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Savannah Country Day School.