Green Jobs

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


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.

njtreesworkerGreen Jobs Information & Resources

Photos from 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Conference


An audience member asks a question.


Panel discussion wide-angle shot — Jeff Catts, Monica Lear, and Lance Kramer (L-R)


Panel discussion close-up shot — Jeff Catts, Monica Lear, and Lance Kramer (L-R)


Speaker Oscar Sanchez of TreeCareLA


Speaker Lisa Simms of New Jersey Tree Foundation


Speaker Brigitte Orrick of Tree Care Industry Association


Speaker Allegra Mautner of Friends of the Urban Forest


Panel Moderator Cindy Blain of California ReLeaf


An audience member from Fairfax County asks a question.


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