Youth Tree Team

Youth Tree Team is a paid summer job training program. Explore green jobs with hands-on experience while working alongside Trees Atlanta staff. Participate in weekly development programs, including building job seeking skills and establishing financial literacy.

This program is open to applicants currently enrolled in high school or matriculating into high school. Must be 14 years of age or older as of May 1 to be eligible.

2024 Application Schedule

  • Application Opens: 11/15/23
  • Application Closes: 2/19/24
  • Application Events (all events are mandatory):
    * Challenge Day – 2/24/24 (Saturday)
    * Volunteer Tree Planting – 3/2/24 (Saturday)
    * Interviews and participant selection will be scheduled between 3/7/24 – 4/5/24
  • On-the-Job Program Dates: 6/3/24 – 7/19/24
  • Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM (schedule subject to change)
  • Pay Rate: $11.50/hour (starting)

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.

We appreciate our program and financial partners who help to bring this important program together each year. Read more about the program from past participants.

Candidates must apply online using our job application system. The job link will be posted only during the application period listed above.

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 Senior Lead: Any individual over the age of 21 who is interested in a leading as a supervisor and mentor for Youth Tree Team.

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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.  

“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 Botanical Garden
  • Atlanta Braves Foundation
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Bank of America
  • BankSouth
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Children & Nature Network
  • City of Atlanta
  • Community Sustainability Enterprise
  • Compost Now
  • Davey Tree Specialist
  • Delta Airlines
  • Delta Community Credit Union
  • Department of Parks & Recreation, City of Atlanta
  • Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Choice Credit Union
  • Florida Forestry Service
  • Fulton County Community Services Program
  • Georgia Arborist Association
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Forestry Foundation
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Georgia Power Foundation
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Georgia Technical College
  • Gwinnett Technical College
  • Insight Global
  • John & Golda Cohen Trust
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Mercedes Benz Stadium
  • Norfolk Southern
  • On The Rise Financial Center
  • PwC
  • Roots Down
  • Scraplanta
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • Warnell School of Forestry (UGA)
  • WestRock
  • Wundergrubs


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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