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Workforce Development - Baltimore Tree Trust

Workforce Development

Urban Roots Apprenticeship

Behind every tree is a person who planted it and cares for it. While on the surface our work is to grow Baltimore’s urban tree canopy, we could not do this work without the skills and determination of a trained workforce.

Careers in tree care and landscaping are abundant in the area, and our workforce development program, the Urban Roots Apprenticeship, connects city residents to training opportunities and jobs in the greening industry.

Baltimore Tree Trust actively recruits, trains, and mentors Baltimore citizens—prioritizing residents of the neighborhoods where we plant—for careers in tree care and landscaping. The Tree Trust works with partners, including the Center for Urban Families, to identify candidates ready for environmental career opportunities.

The program encourages local stewardship of street trees in distressed neighborhoods where career opportunities in tree care have sparked an interest in residents. We have worked with over 100 men and women to date and intend to expand this program to better prepare our trainees for full time opportunities with the Tree Trust and our partners. Our curriculum will include on-the-job training while reinforcing a formal curriculum including:

  • Plant & Tree Biology
  • Ecosystems, Urbanization, and Stormwater Management
  • Urban landscaping, Forestry, and Agriculture
  • Tree Pruning and Maintenance
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Workplace Safety