Forestry Trainee

Job Description: Forestry Trainee (Temporary)

Are you looking for a unique way to give back to the planet? Are you interested in learning about careers in conservation while getting paid to work outside? Would you like to meet and work with people from all over Chicago? Openlands is seeking two Forestry Trainees for a program that provides valuable skills that could lead to a long-term career in arboriculture or conservation.

Location: ​​Chicago – all neighborhoods
Dates: March 21 to November 10, 2018. Wed.-Sat. in spring and fall, Tue.-Fri. in summer.
Time: 28 hours/week. Additional workdays may be added to the schedule.
Compensation: $15/hr. Individuals that stay for the length of the entire program year and receive a positive year-end review will receive a bonus of $1,000.

Trainees will collaborate with a team of arborists to assist in community tree plantings and care with TreeKeepers, neighborhood leaders, volunteers, and other groups for the success of Openlands various urban forestry and community programs. Enrichment classes will teach trainees tree biology, tree identification, pests and diseases, tree climbing, among other subjects.

Minimum requirements:

  • Interest in arboriculture, horticulture, urban forestry, environmental science, landscaping, and restoration;
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly and ability to stand, crouch, and perform various types of manual labor;
  • Willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather;
  • Must be punctual and responsible;
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License that must be maintained for the duration of employment;
  • Ability to drive large vehicles (non-CDL) both in the city and on local highways;
  • Willingness to work in all neighborhoods of Chicago and surrounding communities;
  • Mobile phone for a means of reliable communication

Trainees have the opportunity to:

  • Become a TreeKeeper;
  • Gain over 1,000 hours of direct experience in the care of young and mature trees. (These hours can be applied towards hours to a Tree Care Industry Association Arboriculture Apprenticeship);
  • Positively identify tree species commonly found in the Chicago region;
  • Work with, lead, and meet hundreds of volunteers;
  • Gain skills and practice in the art and science of pruning trees;
  • Begin a pathway into a new career

To Apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter including why your skills and experience would complement this position and resume to and include Forestry Trainee in the subject line.  No calls please.

Openlands is an equal opportunity employer.