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The Flower Show

PHS Workforce Development

2024 Urban Tree Care Training

The PHS department of Workforce development in partnership with the William Penn Foundation are offering a unique opportunity for residents of Southwest Philadelphia to develop their skills in tree care and urban greening.  This paid six-week training will introduce individuals to the rapidly growing tree care industry in and around Philadelphia.  Participants will take part in classroom & hands on training in ecology, basic tree care and tool & equipment operation. Upon completion, trainees will graduate and be placed in full time jobs with long term potential within PHS’s network of employer partners. 


When: February 5th - March 15th, 2024
Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Where: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19143. 
Link to Google Maps.

 The training is broken down into three phases: 

  • Core Skills Training: 4 weeks of hands-on & classroom-based training in tree care. 
  • On the Job Internship: 2 weeks on the job training with an industry employer.
  • Graduation & Job Placement: Full time job placement with employer.

Admission Criteria: 

  1. Must be over 18 years of age 
  2. Be legally eligible to work in Pennsylvania 
  3. Be a resident of one of the following SW Philadelphia zip codes: 19153, 19143, 19142, 19139 
  4. Be comfortable working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions 
  5. Be physically able to perform all tasks associated with an outdoor, physical labor position 
For questions, please contact KG Gormley, Director of Workforce Development Program.