Tree Corps Crew Leader

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Tree Corps Crew Leader



Holden Forests and Gardens is seeking a seasonal Tree Corps Crew Leader. Located at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Tree Corps Team Leader will be expected to lead a crew of 6-8 Tree Corps XP students (ages 18-22) and be the main point-person for all hands-on learning and crew coordination. Tree Corps XP is a career-building experience that uses hands-on work and classroom instruction to train young adults interested in entering the field of arboriculture.


  • Directs the daily supervision and activities of the Tree Corps XP crew.
  • Responsible for the organization, safe and correct use, and maintenance of all tools and vehicles.
  • Instructs Tree Corps XP crew members in basic, proper tree-care techniques and principles including but not limited to planting, structural pruning, mulching, site selection etc.
  • Responsible for the safe and timely transport of the Tree Corps XP crew to worksites.
  • Engaging the Tree Corps XP crew in well-executed, on-site work on HF&G campuses and in the Cleveland Community.
  • Communicates directly with community partners and planting location point-people to coordinate logistics.
  • Conducts training and community forestry activities with Tree Corps crew members to support mission driven initiatives within Holden Forests & Gardens and in collaboration with regional partners.
  • Supports Holden Forests & Gardens efforts to implement aspects of The Cleveland Tree Plan.
  • Assists in the creation of online and social media content.
  • Participates and supports the Tree Steward, Tree Campus USA, and Arbor Care volunteers in the community and within HF&G.
  • Supports ongoing outreach and technical instruction on tree care
  • Collaborating with local community members and partner organizations; providing support for day-to-day project management; equipment and basic vehicle maintenance; creating content for community forestry social media; supporting community forestry projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Solid understanding of best management practices in tree care; solid understanding of ANSI A300 standards.
  • Proven ability to coordinate a team.
  • Flexible and patient.
  • Willingness to work directly with people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities with sensitivity and enthusiasm.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong writing and speaking communication skills.
  • Ability to work with staff, enlisting cooperation across program areas, and with outside parties, including collaborators and contractors, in all relevant areas.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Horticulture, Urban Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, or a related field
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Experience as an instructor or educator
  • 1-3 years relevant experience
  • Experience in working with volunteers
  • Any competency in non-English languages


  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must have a driving record in good standing.
  • Willingness to participate in tree care education across all seasons in varying conditions both indoors and outdoors.

Physical Demands

  • Perform required tasks in all weather conditions.
  • Effective vision and hearing.
  • Ability to understand basic instructions using the English language.
  • Hand and arm dexterity.
  • Walking and working on wet, uneven, slippery terrain.
  • Occasionally lifting and carrying of up to 50 lbs.
  • Kneeling, bending, stooping, grabbing, and reaching.

Position Details

  • Starting in April 2020 (will consider flexibility with start and end dates)
  • Non-exempt (hourly), seasonal; approximately 40 hours per week
  • Total seasonal hours will be in the range of 550 – 600

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Qualified applicants should submit a résumé with salary requirements online at:

 Holden Forests & Gardens is an equal opportunity, ADA employer and a drug-free workplace