Apply for the Arborist Registered Apprenticeship

Openlands’ Arborist Registered Apprenticeship is an opportunity for individuals to participate in a 3-year registered apprenticeship program, working alongside industry professionals and gaining hands-on experience, training, and skills in arboriculture.

The Arborist Registered Apprenticeship is a 3-year training program from Openlands that includes:

  • 5400 hours of paid, on-the-job training (OTJ)
  • 400+ hours of paid, classroom learning
  • Gaining certifications and industry credentials, including:
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Openlands TreeKeeper certification
  • Introduction to Climbing Training
  • Commercial driver’s license
  • IL state pesticide applicator license
  • Experience climbing trees, using power equipment, and planting, pruning and maintaining trees
  • Learn the fundamentals of arboriculture and working with trees in an urban environment

Apprentices will be employed by Openlands for Year 1 of the apprenticeship and then be matched with tree care employer partner in a Year 2 + 3 to complete the program. The program is full-time (35+ hours/week) with benefits and structured pay increases every 6 months, starting at $15/hour and ending at $21/hour.

Program start date (TBD).

The Arborist Registered Apprenticeship program seeks diverse candidates to participate in this program. Candidates that are currently unemployed, underemployed and under-represented populations, including people of color and women are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must have a signed social security card. If you need a new card, please go here.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Have a valid Illinois Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one
  • Be proficient in reading, speaking, & writing in English
  • Be physically capable performing essential job functions, including lifting a minimum of 50 lbs. at any time, throughout the duration of the program