Green Jobs

Increasing the tree canopy in under-served urban neighborhoods goes hand-in-hand with green jobs and workforce development.

Tree Care Careers: Good for Our Communities

“This industry is filled with multimillionaries who started out with pick-up trucks”. – Mark Garvin, TCIA


Due to the serious shortage of skilled arborists nationwide, the Tree Care Industry Association — and California Tree Care companies — have made workforce development a top priority.


TCIA Brochure – To be released July 2017

California ReLeaf believes this is an excellent opportunity for community‐based urban forest programs to bring trees to all of our urban neighborhoods AND information about job opportunities and tree care training. Having tree care employees earning a steady income in all of our communities will help improve the “tree literacy” of the neighborhood as well its economic vitality.





While teaching students to plant trees…

Middle School: share that this is a potential career.

High School: If a student becomes highly engaged in tree planting, you can point them to the various training options: directly with a tree care company or through the community college programs such as the Tree Care & Maintenance certificate program at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut or the Associate of Arts degree program currently in development at Merritt College in Oakland — and potentially Mt. SAC as well.


Important Educational Resources for potential job seekers

Community Colleges: Horticulture class are expected to roll out Fall 2018.

Merritt College, Dept. of Horticulture:
Laura Forlin: Tel: (510) 436‐2418 Email:

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), Dept. of Horticulture:
Brian Scott: Tel: (909) 274‐4539 Email:

Tree Care Companies with Career Paths and Training Programs:

A Plus Tree, Inc. ‐ offices in NorCal, SoCal, and San Diego
Chad Brey: Tel (510) 593‐9414 Email:


Arborwell ‐ offices in the Bay Area, SoCal, and San Diego
Cindy Kirkman: Tel : (510) 606‐1200 Email:


Davey Tree Expert Company ‐ offices throughout the state
Andrew Misch: Tel: (916) 350‐0525 Email:


West Coast Arborists, Inc. ‐ offices throughout the state
Joe Bartolo: Tel: (714) 412‐7656 Email:



Planting trees in low-income, low-canopy areas is a powerful first step to creating a healthier, socially stronger, and more appealing community. The human health impacts of urban trees are well-documented, including the improved social connectivity through tree planting and tree volunteer events.

However, under-served neighborhoods need jobs even more than trees.

Coincidentally, there is a shortage of trained tree care workers in urban areas in California and all over the US – which provides an incredible opportunity for urban forest nonprofits to educate children, youth, and residents about tree planting, tree care AND tree care job options at their community events.

This resource page was originally created to complement the Take a Deep Dive into Green Jobs session at the 2016 Partners in Community Forestry conference, which included a screening of the film “City of Trees”.

California ReLeaf is working with the Tree Care Industry Association to bring a tree care workforce development program to California Community Colleges.

New information will be added on an ongoing basis. Please contact Cindy Blain at if you have questions or information to add.

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