TreePeople unites with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. The organization’s current programs and activities fall within a wide breadth of environmental initiatives that include community organizing, environmental education and literacy, urban greening, wildland forestry, parks and trails development and maintenance, policy, and research.
The TreePeople Career Pathway Program seeks to provide pathway opportunity into urban greening for a cohort of five Urban Greening Interns, ages 16-26, over the 2022 summer(July 11, 2022-August 13, 2022) in the city of El Monte. This hands-on career pathway program will expose individuals to real world experience in arboriculture/urban forestry, wildland management, community organizing, water equity, public speaking, writing and policy. This opportunity will allow for exposure to TreePeople’s programming and be a part of implementing a large-scale tree planting project in El Monte.
This experience will provide :
- Specialized training on the history, ecology, and care of Los Angeles’ urban forest, including hands-on experience.
- Learn best practices for urban forestry, wildland restoration, and community organizing.
- Support and mentorship from professionals in urban greening, environmental justice, and climate resilience fields.
- Career development and networking opportunities in the urban greening, climate resilience and environmental justice fields.
- Community organizing and capacity building experience.
- Participate in weekly virtual and in-person meetings.
- Complete provided training materials and activities before, during and after meetings.
- Conduct outreach to local community centers, faith-based organizations, businesses, and residents about tree benefits, equity, and planting opportunities. This outreach will be both virtual and in-person.
- Create space for productive conversations and community feedback.
- Provide critical feedback to program administrators on your experience to help shape future programs.
- Participate in urban forestry (watering, mulching, weeding, and other tasks).
- Participate in wildland restoration (watering, mulching, weeding, and other tasks).
- Ages 18-26
- Ability to serve the full 5-week program (July 11, 2022 - August 13, 2022) and work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
- Current residency in El Monte or surrounding neighborhoods (San Gabriel Valley) preferred
- Driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
- Able to push, pull, lift, and carry up to 40 pounds.
- Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
- Able to work outside for hours at a time at tree planting and care events, which includes physically digging holes, lifting equipment and planting trees, among other activities.
- A sincere interest in the natural environment, climate change, sustainability, urban forestry, restoration, green spaces, environmental justice, and/or community resilience.
The Career Pathway Program is funded by CalFire.