The Park People
Friday, October 7, 2022

Treeforce: An Urban Forestry Pre-Apprenticeship

Denver Residents - our Treeforce crews may be working in your neighborhood next year!

If you are nterested in free trees or tree care services, fill out this interest form! We will notify you when the request period for Spring 2023 opens.

Check back here in the new year for a list of neighborhoods we plan to serve in 2023. 

Providing a pathway to meaningful work in a growing field

A well-staffed, robust tree care sector is essential for the health and resilience of our cities. However, we are facing a shortage of workers needed to grow, plant, and care for our urban forest. 

That’s why The Park People is creating a new Workforce Development Program in Urban Forestry. Launching as a pre-apprenticeship in 2022, TreeForce will prepare adults from diverse backgrounds for meaningful career paths with family-supporting wages. Participants will explore forestry career pathways through classroom, work-based, and hands-on learning. Upon completion of the program, pre-apprentices will be encouraged to apply to the Colorado Arborist Apprenticeship Program or pursue employment opportunities in private tree care, municipal forestry, seedling production, tree planting, urban wood reuse, or higher education.

The pre-apprenticeship program will facilitate partnership with various organizations in Denver and across Colorado to immerse participants in a full ecosystem of support, including critical wrap-around services like clothing, housing, and transportation. Cultivating every-day job skills and training in tree care will be a central goal in these partnerships, expanding the scope of opportunities for participants. The pre-apprenticeship program will also connect pre-screened and trained potential hires with employers to help bridge the gap between qualified tree-industry workers and the urban forestry sector.

Interested in Joining the Crew?

Our 2022 crew is full. Interested in joing a future crew? Contact Madeleine Hooker (, 303-722-6262) about eligibility requirements for pre-apprentices.

A Special Thanks

The Zofnass Family funded the program's planning phase. Their generosity is invaluable, granting us the capacity to ensure that this program is structured wisely to meet critical community and industry needs.

Our Partners

We currently work with Second Chance Center and the Colorado Tree Care Sector Partnership to deliver this program. We couldn't do this work without them!

Potential Participants

Interested in joing the crew? Contact Madeleine Hooker (, 303-722-6262) about eligibility requirements for pre-apprentices.

Partners in Action




For more information about the Workforce Development Program, please contact: Madeleine Hooker, Urban Forestry Workforce Development Manager, The Park People | 360.739.6768

To help fund the Workforce Development Program, please contact: Hayley Kwasniewski, Development Manager, The Park People | 219.689.4827





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