Apply to be a GFT (Growing Futures Teammate) and have a GFT (Guaranteed Fun Time)!

What do you want to do this summer?

  • Help the environment
  • Build resume and grow career
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun (wilderness survival training, professional tree climbing, and more!)

Grow your future by getting hands-on job experience, planting, watering and caring for trees, while exploring career options and learning important life skills, such as managing money, conflict management  and more!

Join Trees Forever this summer to become a Growing Futures Teammate (GFT)! Growing Futures is a group of young people who plant, water and maintain thousands of threes around Des Moines. As a GFT, you'll earn $10 per hour. Apply for the summer session at 20 hours per week from June through August and/or 8 hours on Saturdays during the spring and fall sessions. Lunch will be provided each day.  

To qualify, you must:

  • Be between ages 15 and 18 (click here for adult opportunities
  • Have the ability to carry at least 80 pounds several hundred feet (don’t worry, you can work up to this!)
  • Demonstrate a good attitude 

The 2019 program dates are as follows. 

Spring Session - Saturdays, April 20 - June 1, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Summer Session - Monday through Thursday, June 10 - August 8, 2019 during a morning shift (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) or afternoon shift (noon - 5:00 p.m.)

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Growing Futures Team! We are collecting applications for spring and summer 2019 employment. In your application, please select if you are interested in applying for spring, summer, or both sessions. A staff member will follow up with you once you submit your application below. If you have specific questions, please email Leslie Berckes or call 515-681-2295.