Become a TreeMaster/TreeAmbassador

Our TreeMaster and TreeAmbassador programs offer amazing opportunities for the serious tree enthusiast. Graduates of the TreeMaster and TreeAmbassador program become certified protectors of our Tree Canopy and are eligible to help guide future projects. We offer TreeMaster /TreeAmbassador training in the fall and a TreeAmbassador focused training in the winter. 

What is a TreeMaster?

A TreeMaster is a volunteer who has received training on volunteer management, proper planting techniques, and care and maintenance of trees. TreeMasters serve as volunteer leaders at events and are vital to the success of NeighborWoods and tree planting events throughout Charlotte.

What is a TreeAmbassador?

A TreeAmbassador is a volunteer who is enthusiastic about TreesCharlotte and can deliver a positive and clear message about our mission.  TreeAmbassadors represent TreesCharlotte at various outreach events.  Candidates should be comfortable both talking to an audience and listening to their comments and concerns.  It will be your job to help educate the public about our beautiful canopy, the risks facing it and how everybody can help protect it.

What do TreeMasters do?

TreeMasters help at events with set up, tree distribution, volunteer management and event breakdown. The are asked to volunteer at a minimum of 3 events annually (each event lasting approximately 5 hours). The TreesCharlotte planting season runs from October to mid-April.

What are TreeAmbassadors expected to do? 

TreeAmbassadors are asked to volunteer at a minimum of 3 outreach events annually (each about 3 hours). Typical events include manning a table at festivals or speaking in front of a school class. As public-facing opportunities arise, we will equip you with an event box complete with key facts, fun stuff to give away, important literature and whatever else is required!

How do I become a TreeMaster and/or a TreeAmbassador?

Candidates attend a free 90-minute workshop where they will learn key talking points about TreesCharlotte and how to prepare for events.  The workshop features indoor and outdoor instruction, presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Training is suited for all levels of arboricultural knowledge. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be provided opportunities to put their knowledge into action by signing up to serve at planting events and/or outreach events. You must be at least 18 years of age and complete the application below.

Our next training will be in the fall, 2021.

TreeMaster/TreeAmbassador Program Application

  • Let us know which program you are interested in. Can't decide? You can always choose both.
  • Have you been involved with TreesCharlotte in the past? If so, please explain. If not, please explain why you are interested in volunteering with us:
  • Please describe your volunteer experience as well as your experience interacting with the public in an official capacity and talking in front of groups:
  • Please describe your past tree planting or tree maintenance experience, not a requirement:
  • The next training course will take place virtually on September 14 at 6pm. A Zoom meeting invite will be sent to all registered participants a week before the training. Do you plan to attend the Zoom meeting?
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