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The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization that works with residents in Philadelphia’s historically marginalized urban communities to transform abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.

We work with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Through land reclamation we foster community leadership of all ages that builds healthy sustainable community.

Over the past 15 years, UTC has partnered with Haddington residents to redevelop 29 vacant lots, totaling more than 86,000 square feet of land, including a fully functional ¾ urban farm. Together, we repurpose these spaces for communal growing, gathering and education that foster deep community relations and empowerment.

UTC is Hiring

Part-time Bookkeeper-Bookkeeping is completed in QuickBooks Online weekly and can be done remotely, the Executive Director (ED) and Office Manager oversee all necessary documentation is uploaded to SharePoint. In addition to entering transactions, bills, and invoices, the Bookkeeper maintains the weekly cash flow tool and completes biweekly journal entries to allocate payroll across the appropriate departments. The Accountant closes the books at the end of the month, but the Bookkeeper gathers all necessary month-end information and reconciles the credit card account. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Office Manager, and Accountant.

Click here to read the Part-time Bookkeeper Detailed Position Description.

Meet Urban Tree Connection’s 2017 Staff!

UTC Staff

Join us in welcoming UTC’s 2017 Staff! From left to right: Aiyanna Sims, Community Education Coordinator; Nykisha Madison, Community Markets Manager; Hannah Thompson, Farm Manager Assistant; Noelle Warford, Executive Director; Misako Scott, Office Manager; Lisa Barkley, Community Liaison; Lila Bhide, Community Educator; Uwa Williams, Farm Manager.

Our new staff got together to brainstorm what working with UTC means to them to create this collective group statement:

“At Urban Tree Connection, we engage in land reclamation and urban agriculture work to foster community leadership and power. We are a committed and forward-thinking group, powered by creativity, compassion and perseverance to create equitable and just community that is connected to the land that sustains us. Together, we are working with Haddington residents to build long-term relationships that create a safer, healthier, greener, and cleaner neighborhood where community members can connect, heal, and grow. We aim to challenge systems of oppression that have left our communities with limited access to the gifts of the earth and empowering young people and adults as leaders in the fight for food and land justice. Our work centers community voices, emphasizes intergenerational educational experiences, evolves with community needs, and prioritizes collaboration to strengthen the collective impact of our work in Haddington and beyond.”