Youth Tree Team

Help us maintain the City in the Forest!


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

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. The Youth Tree Team offers the opportunity for youth to be part of growing Atlanta’s urban canopy.

Dates: June 7 – July 23, 2021

Work Times: Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Pay Rate: $10.00/hour (starting)


Application Process

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. Applications for the 2021 program will open on November 15, 2020.

Step 1: Apply by the Deadline – Friday, February 22, 2021

Step 2: Attend Challenge Day – Saturday, February 27, 2021

Step 3: Volunteer at a Tree Planting – Saturday, March 6, 2021

Step 4: Complete In-Person Interview – held between March 8 – April 8, 2021

Youth applicants must be currently enrolled in high school or be matriculating into high school as of June 1st, and be at least 14 years of age to be eligible.

Additional forms: Youth Tree Team “Leads in Training” download recommendation form HERE.

“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

Youth Tree Team Partners

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Funding provided in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Department of Community Development CSP Program.

The Youth Tree Team program would not be possible without the help of our generous community partners. The following organizations have generously provided financial or program support for this education program:

  • BankSouth
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Children & Nature Network
  • City of Atlanta
  • Community Sustainability Enterprise
  • Florida Forestry Service
  • Fulton County Community Services Program
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Tech
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • John & Golda Cohen Trust
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Warnell School of Forestry (UGA)