Job Corps

Urban Forestry



As an arborist, you will help keep our neighborhoods and roads natural looking beautiful, by performing, tree health, tree removal, and pruning.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Pruning and treating trees and shrubs using handsaws, hand and power pruners, and clippers
  • Using climbing and rigging techniques to maintain trees and shrubs
  • Operating heavy machinery, including boom trucks, loaders, stump and brush chippers, and power saws, as well as other tools
  • Using truck-mounted lifts to maintain trees and shrubs in an urban environment

Career Options

Career Options

Most Urban Forestry graduates go to work as tree trimmers and pruners in the public or private sector. Urban foresters spend most of the day on their feet, operating heavy machinery and climbing trees to perform standard maintenance. They are important community partners because of the work they do to keep roads clear and safe. Urban foresters are also important during bad weather situations when experts are needed to help dispose of fallen trees and branches.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Valid proof of training in aerial rescue.
  • A passing grade on the International Society of Arboriculture’s Certified Tree Worker exam
  • Bring the necessary equipment to complete the CTW skills test: hard hat, safety glasses, work boots, climbing rope, climbing saddle (harness), safety lanyard, handsaw, and scabbard, and approved snaps or carabiners
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid certification in basic first aid and CPR.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Listening skills
  • Quick reflexes
  • Steady hands and fingers
  • Teamwork

Urban Forestry Numbers to Know


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