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Western Reserve Land Conservancy Tree Care Interns (LOCAL ONLY- Cleveland,OH)

Western Reserve Land Conservancy Tree Care Interns

Expected Dates
April 5, 2022 to December 5, 2022
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Position ID
Western Reserve Land Conservancy Tree Care Interns
Local applicants only!

The crew members will report to the Tree Care Coordinator and will be empowered to grow trees in Cleveland’s lowest canopy neighborhoods. An appreciation of trees and a demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission are essential. Crew members will be a part of team that is passionate about trees, conservation, and restorative justice in Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

  • Provide technical support and instruction for tree plantings. These tasks include:
  • Digging holes for trees
  • Moving and staging young trees and tree planting materials to ensure successful plantings
  • Guiding volunteers through the steps of proper tree planting
  • Provide care for newly planted trees in accordance with established standards of care. These tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Watering trees with (3) 5-gallon pails of water per tree per week, carried to each tree by hand or using a 2-wheel cart.
  • Mulching trees, including carrying mulch to each tree in bins
  • Weeding tree beds
  • Replacing stakes and trunk guards on trees
  • Provide management for ROC sites in accordance with established standards of care.
  • Ensure sites are welcoming to the community
  • Engage community members interested in the site and trees
  • Ensure signage is in-place and in good condition
  • Use of landscaping tools and power equipment to maintain vegetation
  • Removing and replacing dead or damaged trees
This position requires working outside every day, sometimes in inclement or uncomfortable weather conditions. Crew members will work collaboratively on a team, and gain introductory skills in the fields of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Successful crew members will enjoy the challenge of outdoor working conditions and the satisfaction of growing trees in an urban setting for the benefit of our communities.

April and MayTuesday – Saturday8:00 am – 4:30 pmJune, July, AugustMonday – Friday8:00 am – 4:30 pmSeptember, October, NovemberTuesday – Saturday8:00 am – 4:30 pmEvent DatesVary6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Additional weekend work may be required with schedule adjustments on weekdays to accommodate.

Essential Functions and Experience:
  • Interest in trees, plants, and/or urban forestry
  • Comfortable working in Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods
  • Experience working on a collaborative team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work outside in all types of weather and lift, push and pull 60 pounds
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Arboriculture experience/knowledge: experience in tree care, planting, pruning, proper care techniques for young trees, and a willingness to learn more
  • Prior experience working with volunteers
  • Experience working in a team setting in adverse weather conditions
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record
This position provides:
- $580 weekly Living Allowance ($14.50/hour, 40 hours/week)*
- $25 weekly Commuting Allowance*
- $100 extra uniform budget
- No housing is provided; local applicants only

The AmeriCorps Education Award received upon successful completion of this position is $4,441.50. 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants will be required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined in SCA’s COVID Management plan, which can be found here.

  • Location Description
  • Urban neighborhoods throughout the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Training Provided
  • Members will receive in-depth training on proper methods for planting and maintaining young trees. This experience will be helpful if a member wishes to pursue arborist certification.
  • Educational/Recreational Opportunities
  • Greater Cleveland offers many recreational opportunities, including professional sports, fishing and boating on Lake Erie and area rivers, hiking in parks, music venues and museums. Area colleges offer summer classes.