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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 Urban Forestry 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

Most Urban Forestry Job Corps graduates go to work as tree trimmers and pruners in the public or private sector.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Proof of training in aerial rescue
  • Passing grade on the International Society of Arboriculture’s Certified Tree Worker exam.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • 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.

Urban Forestry Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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

Training Facilities