Crew Leader - Branches (Tree Care and Landscaping)

Branches · Saint Paul, Minnesota
Department Branches
Employment Type Full-Time Seasonal
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $18 - $21/hour, Temporary, Depending on Qualifications

This is a Full-time, Seasonal position starting as early as May with opportunity for transition to Full-Time, Year-round.

Job Purpose: To transform lives and landscapes by engaging youth and young adults to build skills for meaningful careers, achieve family-supporting skilled trade, green careers to create economic opportunity and equity while making our community a greener, healthier place to live.


Job Summary: Teach, supervise, and motivate young adults (18-25) on a daily basis in a safe, educational, and professional manner by providing high quality job-training experience through the completion of community-based projects and industry-recognized curriculum. Projects will include tree care, grounds maintenance, and may include landscape construction.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide teaching, leadership, supervision, guidance, support, and motivation to young adults on crews.
  • Teach tree care industry-recognized curriculum ensuring participants achieve credentials.
  • Train crewmembers on tree care and grounds maintenance to prepare participants for entry-level positions in the green industry.
  • Oversee worksite safety including safety training, identifying hazards, and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Mentor crewmembers with consistency and fairness while enforcing high expectations and program policies.
  • Organize work projects for the crew in conjunction with the site supervisor.
  • Accomplish work goals to the satisfaction of the sponsors, supervisors, and project proposals.
  • Accurately maintain, complete, and submit paperwork and reports in a timely manner, including crew time sheets, attendance, accident/ incident reports, evaluations, disciplinary actions, project records, receipts, and others as assigned.
  • Transport young adults and equipment between worksites.


Participant Service Requirements

  • Act as a role model for participants by showing a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and commitment to quality.
  • Provide deliberate and effective feedback to crewmembers to foster continuous development within an employment training setting.
  • Set appropriate boundaries with participants, staying focused on program mission and goals.
  • Respond to challenging situations with composure and good judgement.
  • Provide service to participants with all types of employment barriers, including participants with criminal records.



  • Experience in tree care for one or more years including chainsaw operation.
  • Ability to teach basic tree care and grounds maintenance concepts to crewmembers at worksites and using industry curriculum.
  • Ability to develop technical skills in landscape construction.  
  • Associates degree in urban forestry, human services or a related field and one or more years of relevant work experience; or a high school diploma/GED and two or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to successfully listen, give feedback, and motivate young adults from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent judgment, risk management skills, and calm decision-making ability in challenging situations.
  • Valid MN driver’s license with clean driving record as determined by our insurance carrier.
  • Ability to transport up to 15 participants between pickup locations with a company provided vehicle.
  • Ability to pass a criminal and motor vehicle background check.



  • Prior experience working with or supervising young adults from diverse backgrounds.

Work Environment:  regularly works outside in conditions that include bad weather heats up to 100 degrees, and humidity. Noise level may be loud at times. Sturdy/closed toe footwear required. All tools provided by Tree Trust.

Physical demands

  • Desire to be outdoors and to work amongst a team in various weather conditions.
  • The ability to stand for long periods, sit, twist, bend, grip, and lift and carry heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather.
  • Ability to learn how to safety and effectively use all tools and equipment needed for job tasks, which includes operating a chainsaw.

What You Will Get from This Role:

  • Collaborative, supportive, productive yet fun work culture that one department leader described as “the best team I’ve ever worked with” (and they had spent their career in orgs like ours!). In a recent employee survey 100% of respondents reported that their "co-workers treated them with respect.” 
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively, in a supportive environment, while also having appropriate autonomy and freedom to make decisions, create processes and systems, and take initiative.

Tree Trust actively seeks to build a staff that reflects the diversity of the population and community it serves, and that’s why we strongly encourage people of color to apply. 

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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  • Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Seasonal
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $18 - $21/hour, Temporary, Depending on Qualifications