Youth Tree Team

Youth Tree Team is an amazing opportunity for young people to explore green jobs with hands-on experience working along side Trees Atlanta staff and participating in weekly development programs, including building job seeking skills and financial literacy.

2023 Application Schedule

  • Application Opens: 11/15/22
  • Application Closes: 2/21/23
  • Application Events (all events are mandatory):
    * Challenge Day – 2/25/23
    * Volunteer Tree Planting – 3/4/23
    * Interviews and participant selection will be scheduled between 3/6/23 – 4/7/23 
  • On-the-Job Program Dates: 6/5/23 – 7/21/23
  • Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (schedule subject to change)
  • Pay Rate: $11.50/hour (starting)

Students who are interested in being a Leader in Training will have the opportunity to submit their letter of recommendation during the timeframe of Challenge Day and the tree planting. Program and job descriptions below.

This is a highly competitive program. For full consideration, applicants must complete all steps. Not all applicants will be offered a position on the Youth Tree Team.

Read about our 2022 cohort: Youth Tree Team 2022: Largest Team Yet

Read a first-person perspective of the experience from Frankie Deck, a Youth Tree Team graduate and current Trees Atlanta Volunteer Program Intern.  

Help us maintain the City in the Forest!


The Youth Tree Team (YTT) is a summer employment and learning opportunity that gives high school students exposure to community forestry, landscape design, horticulture, and arboriculture.

It is an opportunity to work outdoors and help fight climate change through the active development and protection of the tree canopy. The Youth Tree Team participates in weeding, mulching, pruning, and planting projects along the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and in neighborhoods.

Included in the program are leadership and team-building activities, job skills training, personal financial literacy workshops, and networking opportunities with green collar professionals.


Position Opportunities


  • Youth Tree Team Member: Any high school student who is interested in learning about environmental stewardship and caring for urban greenspaces. YTT Member applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or be matriculating into high school and be at least 14 years of age as of May 1 to be eligible.
  • Youth Tree Team Leader In Training: Any upperclassman (current rising juniors through May graduates) who would like to take on a more senior role in YTT and are also interested in learning about environmental stewardship and caring for urban greenspaces. This position includes a mandatory additional day of training on June 2, 2023.
  • Youth Tree Team Senior Lead: Any individual over the age of 21 who is interested in a leading as a supervisor and mentor for Youth Tree Team.

Got Questions?

Please contact:

Willette Jackson
Workforce Development and Engagement Supervisor


“Through the Youth Tree Team, I have learned that it's my generation's job to steer the environment in the right direction. It's kind of a big task but personally, I find it really interesting and really cool.” - Gabriel Rice, YTT Member 2018 and 2019
““The youth tree team has helped me decide what I want to do with my studies and with my career.”” - Youth Tree Team Member

Youth Tree Team Partners

The following organizations have generously provided financial or program support for this education program in current or past years:

  • Asplundh
  • Atlanta BeltLine
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Bank of America
  • BankSouth
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Children & Nature Network
  • City of Atlanta
  • Community Sustainability Enterprise
  • Delta Community Credit Union
  • Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Atlanta
  • Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Florida Forestry Service
  • Fulton County Community Services Program
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Forestry Foundation
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Power Foundation
  • Georgia Tech
  • Georgia Technical College
  • John & Golda Cohen Trust
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Norfolk Southern
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • Warnell School of Forestry (UGA)
  • WestRock


This program is partially funded with support from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program.

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