TCIA Workforce Development

Addressing the Shortage of Skilled Arborists

TCIA has made workforce development a priority to support the needs of member businesses.
Education and training programs will be expanded or developed in arboriculture and urban forestry to provide more skilled workers.
Students, veterans, and career-changers can learn a new profession that will provide life-sustaining wages, a career pathway, and entrepreneurial opportunity.

TCIA Workforce Development Initiative Goals:

  • Increase the number of qualified individuals entering the arborist workforce for the tree care industry.
  • Expand access to education and training programs through community and technical colleges in the U.S.
  • Increase awareness of the occupational field.

To achieve these goals we are using the following strategies:

Strategy 1: Develop regional tree care sector partnerships in priority communities in the U.S. 

  • Priority communities were established with the largest number of TCIA members and the greatest shortage of tree care workers.
  • TCIA members, municipalities, and other businesses employing arborists meet with regional workforce development entities, community college leaders, and other organizations interested in advancing workforce interests.
  • Employers – the key drivers in a sector partnership – quantify the shortage of workers, validate regional workforce data, and serve as subject matter experts. 

Sector Partnerships by State:  


Click on region below for more information and to learn current status








  • Oregon City / Portland Region







Strategy 2: Develop a marketing campaign targeting specific demographic populations of job seekers.

  • Develop a consistent message to job seekers.
  • Create resources for TCIA members, educational institutions, and career counselors for recruiting individuals into education and training programs leading workers into the tree care industry.

Strategy 3: Develop a career pathway for arborists. 

  • Identify knowledge, credentials, skills, abilities, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals entering careers in the tree care industry and for continuing employee development.
  • Partner with ISA and educators to document a career pathway recognized by education systems and support structures.

Strategy 4: Seek funding to support workforce training, the development of community college programs, and implementation of apprenticeship programs.

  • Post new college programs (with links if available), apprenticeships, training programs, and grant funding organizations supporting the programs.
  • Links to any press releases.

Questions? Contact Information:

If you have any questions or would like to be involved contact:

  • Brigitte Orrick, Workforce Development Director: / 603-296-7404
  • June Hibbs, Grassroots Outreach Coordinator: / 603-792-1280