Engaged Citizens

Youth Tree Team

Program Overview

When the Youth Tree Team™ (YTT) started, it was all about taking care of the trees. But taking care of the people who take care of the trees is just as important. Our seven-week summer job program for teens and young adults is one part improving the community through tree care, one part work readiness training, and all parts the best way to spend a summer.

KIB could not plant the number of trees we do each year (over 3,000!) without the Youth Tree Team. Newly planted trees need 15 gallons of water a week to survive. With hot Indiana summers, we rely on YTT to maintain a tree survival rate of 97%.

Program Details

Youth Tree Team Commitment

  • YTT Member applicants must currently be enrolled in high school.
  • Candidates must possess the following characteristics: initiative, professionalism, respect, interest in the environment, pride in your work, responsibility, and the ability to work with a team.
  • YTT members work 20 hours per week (5 hours per day, 4 days per week).
  • Must not miss more than 8 days of the program.
  • You will water, mulch, and stake trees. Duties also include weeding, picking up litter, heavy lifting, filling out work logs, and completing other duties as assigned.
  • You must be able to carry two, 40-pound buckets of water while walking several hundred feet

Along with daily work, YTT employees have weekly enrichment activities, including hiking, tree ID, learning financial management skills, and learning from community partners around Indianapolis.

Young adults and college students looking for summer employment with our Youth Tree Team can serve as leaders helping to guide and oversee the work YTT accomplishes throughout the summer.

Job Readiness Training
Getting our high school employees ready for future jobs is important to us. As part of summer employment, we provide job readiness training to all our youth.

YTT Participant (Youth)

  • $12/hour
  • Four days a week, 8AM – 1PM
  • Free lunch each work day
  • Personal development enrichments each week
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 season.

YTT Leader (Age 19 and Up)

  • $16/hour
  • 30-40 hours per week
  • Free lunch each work day
  • Leadership development trainings and enrichments
  • Fulfills internship requirements
Full job description available here.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024 season.

Featured Posts


Meet the team behind the Youth Tree Team.