An Exciting Career Opportunity

Receive landscaping certifications, job training, $15/hr, financial skills, and a $500 completion bonus in our 15 week landscape fellowship program.

Watch the video below to see an example of the impact that you can make in the 15 weeks before you get a great job!


TreesUpstate is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that plants, promotes, and protects trees in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties. Our Workforce Development program nourishes a culture of self-empowerment for 18 – 24 year-olds aspiring towards meaningful and stable employment, as we protect and improve the environment. We train and employ people who are at-risk of being excluded from stable employment as they move towards family-sustaining jobs.

We provide paid training, industry certifications, paid work experience, career coaching, and assistance finding future employment. Trainings and certifications include SC Landscape Certification and other soft skills that ensure success throughout life. Our trainees practice these skills while working at environmental worksites. Ultimately, we support their transition to good jobs and lasting careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Are you looking for work that is challenging, fulfilling, and meaningful? Do you want to learn about environmental justice and make a difference in your community?  Plant your future and grow your career. Join our Workforce Development program and gain hands-on experience and technical knowledge. Plus acquire certifications and meet the needs of employers of professional tree care and landscaping companies. Applicants for the TreesUpstate Workforce program must be 18-24 and interested in tree maintenance and working outdoors. Check the full list of requirements here to make sure you’re eligible.

How do I know if I want to be part of the TreesUpstate Workforce Program?

Do you love trees, being outside, or have an interest in environmental justice? Do you like working with your hands or are ready to learn new skills?  Then you’d fit right in. The program would also be great for anyone looking to explore a non-traditional career path with paid training and support.

If chosen, how much will I be paid?

Our work readiness program begins on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 and ends on May 11, 2024. You’ll be fairly compensated while training for 15 weeks, earning a $15 per hour stipend,  full-time*, Tuesday-Saturday, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm (lunch breaks are not paid time off). Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a $500 bonus!

Does this program help me get a full time job?

Yes! Of course, you must do the work and put in the effort. We offer classes and hands-on training to help you receive certifications in: Landscaping, Integrated Pest Management (understanding tree diseases and pests), Chainsaw Safety and CPR. We’ll also help you get your driver’s license but remember, you must do the work.

In addition, we partner with landscapers and tree care employers and learn what their needs are. We’ll introduce you to employers through Careers and Training Days to help you explore the many career options available. Do you like climbing trees, working on a team or working with equipment? We have a career that meets your interest! We’ll also provide career coaching, mentoring and successfully proven interviewing tips. Many wraparound services are available from financial literacy (“getting to the bag”), healthy life skills, breaking habits and more!

How do I apply?

Good question. Just head over to our website and complete your application. Click HERE to get started. Deadline ends January 18, 2024 so don’t wait. We’ll respond within 24 hours to set up your interview and career profile.

When will the apprenticeship begin?

We’ll kick off our 2024 cohort Tuesday, January 30, 2024. If you’re selected to join the team, we will contact you directly with next steps.

When will I be notified if I'm accepted?

TreesUpstate will review all applications. If you’re selected to participate, Evangeline Costa will contact you directly with next steps before January 25, 2024. Be sure to apply ASAP!

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to Evangeline Costa at TreesUpstate directly using your preferred method below.   Phone:  1-864-399-0331 Website:

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