The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned tree-focused botanical garden located just outside of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois. The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is the Arboretum’s flagship urban and community forestry program, designed to energize and catalyze tree advocacy, build community capacity, and improve the health, diversity, and equitable distribution of the urban forest in the Chicago region and across the state of Illinois. Reporting to the Vice President of Science and Conservation, the Director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative will lead all activities of the CRTI program, overseeing a staff of 12 or more, including the administration of $23 million in federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to improve the tree canopy in disadvantaged communities throughout Illinois. As CRTI celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2024, this is an exciting opportunity for a confident and innovative leader to oversee this pivotal time, bringing together diverse stakeholders to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world where people and trees thrive together.