How to become a tree planter

Want A Cool Career? Here's How To Get A Job Planting Trees

Tree Talk| 4 min read

Planting trees is what we’re all about.

Planting trees is what we’re all about. That’s why we plant 10 trees for each item purchased in our store! It wouldn’t be possible without a legion of hard working tree planters. We don’t personally hire tree planters at this time, but lots of organizations are looking for work. Check out our careers page if you’re interested in working with us!

If you’re interested in planting trees there are lots of options, from New Brunswick to coastal British Columbia. But before you apply, make sure you’re the right person for the job!

Are you 18-years old, or older? Do you have financial need? Would you be willing to sleep outside for three months, and are you capable of working more than seven days a week? Can you handle mosquito bites on mosquito bites? Black-flies? You’re not intent on saving the world this summer, are you? If you answered yes to all of these questions with exception to the last, you might have a chance of finding work as a tree-planter.


We’d be lying if we said there weren’t any tough aspects of the job, but there are some rewarding parts of tree planting too!

Finding Work

The question of where to go tree planting starts with where you live and how far you’re willing to travel. Since tree-planting can be a bit of an investment in the first year, especially if you don’t currently own planting equipment and camping gear, find work as near to you as possible.

Once you’ve decided that you definitely want to go tree-planting and are sure that you’re capable of committing to the full spring and summer, you have to find a planting company to work with.

Networking is the greatest tool here. Social media has turned six degrees of separation into three. Ask a friend who has planted for an introduction to their crew boss.

Email or call prospective crew bosses as soon as you have their contact information. They’re trying to put together a 15-person crew as soon as they can, and spots fill up fast.

But before emailing crew bosses personally, apply online. A lot of companies have websites these days and many of their websites will have online applications. Fill out applications and wait to be contacted while you network.

The interview

Your application and any communication you have with tree-planters or management should always express a motivation to make a lot of money and a willingness to work long, hard hours to make this money. Crew bosses do not hire people who are looking for a new experience or challenge, have weight loss goals, or want to expressly “heal the earth”. Financial need is imperative, and anything else should be considered an auxiliary benefit.

To explain this better, crew bosses are paid a percentage of what their crew earns in a day. Like any good tree-planter, a crew boss wants to earn the most money they can. They have 15 factors to consider in order for this to happen — tree-planters. A crew boss will not forfeit a spot on their crew for someone who isn’t motivated by money.

If you’re successful in verbalizing your need to make money and the crew boss is convinced that you are physically fit, personable, capable of taking instruction and won’t quit over minor discomforts, you will get a job.


You found a job and got hired. Nice work, now let’s go shopping!

Start with making a list of everything you think you’ll need and refine it based on communications with your crew boss and tree-planter friends. Remember, most everything you’ll bring will end-up broken or lost. Pro tip: use a sweater as a pillow.

When buying gear for the planting season, keep it simple, pack light and don’t break the bank — or your student loan account. Puruse kijiji for a lightly used tent, order a new set of planting bags and shovel, buy an affordable sleeping bag, hit the salvation army for button ups, t-shirts, wool sweaters and quick-dry pants then throw it all in an old hockey bag.


You’re standing at home now with a hockey bag full of wool, a shiny new shovel and a twinkle in your eye. You’ve got to get to where you’re going. My best advice on this matter is don’t feel hurried. Buy your plane, train, or bus ticket later than you think you should.

Tree-planting start dates are so tentative, it hurts. If it snows, or April gets cold again, your start date will get pushed back again. The fast acters end up paying more in deferment fees then the last-minute, seat-of-your-pants types. Your planting company will not reimburse you for these charges.

Be there on time to meet your new family. Never ever be late for anything and always be on your crew boss’s good side.

Pro tip: If your crew boss has a propensity to favor some planters, they’ll give you better land and you’ll make more money.

Stay safe and good luck.

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Tree Planting | A+G Reforestation

Working at A+G means that you are determined and motivated. You are trained beyond the standard requirements. You work hard in the field with a team of qualified planters, seasoned project managers, supervisors and owners. You continually demonstrate your work ethic, your grit and your stamina. You build your skills, your output and your earnings.


To work as a tree planter at A+G you need to check off all the items on this list:

  • You can legally work in Canada
    You must be able to legally work in Canada with a valid SIN or current work visa
  • You are healthy and physically fit
    Tree planting is extremely strenuous and requires that you be in excellent health and good physical shape to be successful
  • You are available for all of May and June
  • You plan to plant for more than one season
    Becoming an efficient and productive planter takes time and practice. Your first year is an investment. It’s only worth planting if you plan to work for multiple seasons.
  • You are mentally prepared for the challenge of outdoor work in all weather conditions and mountain environments
    You are willing to live and work together with a diverse group of people in remote settings
Optional Qualifications

Here are some additional qualifications you might have (but that aren’t required):

  • Level 3 Occupational First Aid (OFA) or WorkSafe BC Approved Equivalent
  • OFA 1 + Transportation Endorsement or WorkSafe BC Approved Equivalent
  • WFCA or other Driver/Crew Vehicle Operator Training
  • ATV Operator Training
  • Power Saw Operator Training
  • Danger Tree Assessment Training
  • Silviculture Crew Boss or Forestry Supervisor Training
  • Resource Road Truck Driving - RD-03
Your Success

Your success as a tree planter depends on three primary things.

You need to work smart

Hard work alone won’t make you a great tree planter - you need to focus on results and efficiency. When you do both of these things you can unlock your full potential and maximize your earnings.

You need to be respectful

We live and work together during a short and intense season. You need to be respectful to your colleagues, supervisors, and clients. We expect our employees to treat each other with respect at all times.

You need to be adaptable

We see a lot of variety in our work. Whether it’s planting on steep cable-logged blocks or flat trench ground, the variety of terrain and planting specifications you’ll encounter require versatility and adaptability.

Your Potential


You are paid per-tree so that you get paid directly for your efforts. If you are dedicated, motivated and hardworking then you’ll make more money.

Your managers and supervisors focus on full days and work hard to maximize your production potential for the season. Our crew leaders are exclusively non-commission to help foster a fair working environment.

Payment and Expenses

Payroll is processed every two-weeks. Quoted tree prices include vacation and holiday pay. Every two weeks you will receive a formal pay-stub detailing your planted trees, rates, taxes, vacation and holiday pay. All payroll is via direct deposit.

You will be required to pay for certain expenses. These include travel costs to get to the project location, and to leave - at the start and end of a contract. Your personal gear (clothing, planting tools, camp equipment if required, etc) are covered by you. If you’re staying at an A+G camp, you’ll need to find your own food on days off. If you’re required to stay at a motel, you will have to cover all of your food costs on work days and days off.

Earning Stats from 2020 Spring Season


Most earned in a single day


Top 3 planter daily average

$380. 17*

Average daily earnings for experienced planters


Average daily earnings including rookies


Top 3 rookie producers daily average


Camp Costs Charged


Average planting days per season

55% / 45%

Average percentage male / female

4 million

Average trees planted each season since 2015


Your Path

After your first successful season of planting at A+G, there are more opportunities for you. We value returning employees who have demonstrated their capabilities, and who bring familiarity with A+G’s operations and culture.

Apply as an Experienced Planter

If you return to plant the following season, you’ll enjoy having - and building on - a higher level of experience including your planting technique and efficiency. This equals a higher potential income for your second season.

Gain More Skills and Responsibilities

There are also opportunities for those who want more responsibility such as drivers, first aid attendants, power saw operators, and ATV operators.

Become a Contract Wildland Firefighter

A+G will recruit planters for fire crews. There is often an information session available around June, for those planters interested in the work. A+G firefighters are contracted by the Ministry on an ‘as-needed’ basis. So there is no guarantee you will fight fires, but if there is a demand and you meet the requirements, we will do our best to get you on a crew. Learn More...

Become a Crew Leader

Crew Leader supervisory positions require planting or fire experience, an OFA 1+TE, S100, driver and DTA training. Tree planting crew leaders must have at least a few seasons of planting experience. Often, we will require applicants to have planted with A+G before taking a Crew Leader position. Fire Crew Bosses are trained once they have acquired a certain amount of experience on the firelines. Learn More...

Your Schedule

The planting season at A+G usually starts in early May, but earlier work sometimes begins in April. The season usually ends in late June or early July. Summer trees generally run through the month of July.

Typically, you are assigned to a crew at the time of hire. We aim to confirm start dates and accommodation details 2 weeks ahead of the planned start date. The planting season is tied to the Spring weather and snow melt, so we set tentative start dates in the winter, but these frequently change due to the weather conditions. We start planting once the snow has melted and the ground has thawed.

Your shifts follow a 3:1, 3:1, 4:2 schedule. Sometimes the day off falls on a weekend, and sometimes during the week. This allows for 10 working days and 4 days off over a 14 day period. An average day on the block lasts 9 hours. Typically we leave project bases (motel or camp) at 0700h and leave the block at 1700h. On average, drives to the worksite range from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Your Camp and Equipment

We're told our Princeton camp is pretty sweet. It's not the life of luxury, but it has everything you need for a great work experience, including: amazing food and cooks, a mess tent with a wood stove, 2 dry tents with wood stoves, out-house toilets, and sinks and showers with unlimited hot water! You share the communal spaces like the mess tent, the showers and washroom facilities, while keeping your personal space in the way of a tent, or a hammock for the more unencumbered types. Temperatures can drop below 0ºC at night (and during the day), or weather can bring rain for days - so a tent is recommended for keeping you and your gear dry.

Our camp size ranges from 30-60 planters and we don’t move camp during the season. Many of our project bases are close to towns so you can take advantage of amenities on your days off.

  • Special Notice About Camp Costs
    Recently, there has been a movement within the silviculture industry towards companies paying camp costs on behalf of their workers. A+G is supportive of this movement, and starting in 2019 are removing camp and motel costs. We think this is an important step forward for our industry, and for all silviculture workers.

Camp cooks provide 3 meals a day for you on your working days. On your days off, you’ll supply your own food, but can have access to the cooking equipment at the camp if you want it. The kitchen staff can accommodate vegetarian diets if they know in advance. Other dietary restrictions must be discussed at time of hire, so that we can confirm the ability to accommodate with the Kitchen Staff. If the specific restrictions/allergies can’t be accommodated, there may be options to work on a motel-based crew.

When assigned to a project that won’t have a bush camp, you’ll be put up in a motel and you will be responsible for providing your own food.

The nature of your assignment will have all of the details you need to pack your personal equipment. And once you’re sure you’ve covered the need-to-haves, you can see if there’s still room for that guitar, or penny flute, or karaoke machine.

At any rate, a list of mandatory equipment will be provided to all crew members within a month of the project start date. Planters will be responsible for showing up with all of the required gear on the first day of work.

Your Training

All A+G staff receive an orientation and training prior to starting work. Training for planters starts on the first day of the project at the assigned project base location. You’ll be trained on the operational specifics of the contract, as well as for the special jobs you’re assigned.

As a rookie, you’ll get an initial five days of on-the-job training. Experienced planters will get a half-day of training on the first day of their project. We provide job-specific training for drivers, ATV operators, first aid attendants, power saw operators, and firefighters. We encourage our applicants to seek out training for these skills in advance of applying for these positions.

Your Location

Most of our work is in the Southern Interior of BC. Project bases change depending on the location of work - but generally we have crews around Princeton and Kamloops. Accommodation details and directions to project base locations are sent out via emails to staff within a month of the first day of work.

A Letter from Chris

"Tree planting is a job unlike any other in our country. Working in the remote forests of BC is one of the last truly pioneering experiences available in North America. Employees are paid by piecework, so the hardest working, most productive people can really be successful. The work environment can be rugged but the scenery and landscapes are among the most beautiful in the world.

The piecework system and the tough working conditions attract a particular brand of person. That person enjoys a physical challenge, seeks adventure, has the mental strength to push themselves, and finds regular employment dull. The unique conditions foster a special sense of camaraderie and friendship. Planters are always interesting people each with a different story to tell.

There is nothing quite like the satisfied feeling at the end of a tough day’s work, physically tired but proud of one’s accomplishment in planting forests for the future. It is hard to find any other employment that offers the same daily feeling of accomplishment. For many, it is the lure of the woods, the friendships, and the hard work that draw them back to A+G Reforestation year after year."

– Chris Akehurst, Owner


Do you charge camp costs?

No. There is movement in the industry to remove camp costs. A+G is supportive of the removal of camp costs across the industry. So, we (A+G) are removing camp and motel costs starting in 2019. These costs do not include the cost of food in motels, or the cost of food on days off in camp. We think this is an important step forward for our industry, and for all silviculture workers.

Do you allow dogs?

Yes. Dogs are permitted on the block but this is project dependent. If you travel with a dog, please get in touch with us to let us know.

Is vacation and holiday pay included in the tree price?

Yes, tree prices quoted by your crew leader will include vacation and holiday pay.

How much money can I make?

In 2019 the average daily earnings for experienced planters is $ 362.15. The average daily earnings for all planters including rookies is $ 291.96. The top 3 producers have a daily average of $ 573.87. The most earned in a single day is $ 731.61. An experienced planter can potentially earn upwards of $ 20,000 over a 50-55 day season. In addition to these values is the amount saved by not paying camp or motel costs.

How long is your average spring planting season?

On average, 50-55 production days. That said, A+G planters have always been successful in finding more work over the summer for an extended season.

I have dietary restrictions. Can this be accommodated in camp?

We can accommodate vegetarians in camp. Due to the remote nature of bush camp, other dietary restrictions must be discussed at time of hire, so that we can confirm the ability to accommodate with the Kitchen Staff. If the specific restrictions/allergies can’t be accommodated, there may be options to work on a motel-based crew.

Do I have to bring my own cutlery and dishes for eating?

We do provide an assortment of cutlery, cups and dishes to staff for use during meals in the mess-tent. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own. Just make sure to label your personal stuff!

For your lunches, we strongly encourage staff to bring reusable lunch containers. We are moving away from single use plastics so we will not be providing plastic sandwich bags or other containers for planter use.

What is the best time to apply to A+G for a planter?

We accept applications all year round. We encourage everyone to apply early because our crews fill up quickly. We begin confirming hires for the Spring season in October. Crews are usually filled up and confirmed by January.

How do I know if there is work available?

Call us, or send an email. We’d be happy to hear from you and talk about what you can bring to the team.

Can I request a specific project location?

Yes you can. We do our best to accommodate, but we will shift crews around as needed to maximize productivity.

Can I ask to buddy up with a friend on a project?

You can. We do our best - but remember that each applicant must be hired independently.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes. Our crews fill up early, but we do keep a waiting list of applicants that would like to work with us.

What’s the best way to apply?

Apply directly to A+G Reforestation by clicking 'Apply Now' in the menu bar.

Have more questions?

Give us a call, email or text. We’d be happy to hear from you and chat about our projects!

Gardener | Professions | RosObrazovanie

A beautiful, well-groomed garden is a place for a wonderful, peaceful rest. On it you do not get tired of wandering for hours and admire the views that open up again and again. And we don’t even think about what a colossal work is behind this beauty. The work of people whose profession is called modestly: a gardener or landscape gardener.

A gardener is a unique person who sees and appreciates the beauty of the living world and is ready to share his vision with all other people. He knows the names of all the trees and herbs, the timing of their life, flowering and seeding. He understands whether one plant is combined with another and what kind of soil is needed for the comfortable development of his wards. The gardener works outdoors, as well as in greenhouses and conservatories. Without gardeners, the world would become sad, and the gardens would turn into overgrown thickets.

What qualities are needed to become a gardener?

The gardener is an amazing person who combines multidirectional qualities:

  • good health, no allergies to plants and chemicals;
  • physical endurance, sometimes physical strength is required to create a story rock slide, for example, or transplant an adult tree;
  • well-developed artistic taste;
  • ability to work alone and in a company;
  • striving for a measured life according to plan;
  • responsibility, caution and attentiveness - the plant cannot call for help, it will simply die;
  • constant striving for new knowledge.

Professional duties of a gardener

The duties of a gardener are varied and interesting. Here are just a few:

  • Professional garden maintenance of any size, including weeding, pruning, shaping, grafting, pest control.
  • General cleaning of the site in spring and autumn.
  • Inventory of plantations, that is, the creation of a complete list of plants growing in the assigned area, often with a map showing the locations of plants in the garden.
  • Plant health diagnostics.
  • Treatment of "sick" plants.
  • Restoration or removal of old plants.
  • Decorative cutting of shrubs and plants.
  • Keeping a "gardener's diary" with fixing daily work.
  • Installation of protective seasonal shelters for plants.
  • Primary landscaping of a site, when an empty area is planned to be planted with carefully selected plants.
  • Reconstruction of an existing site, that is, changing its structure in accordance with new requirements.
  • Landscaping of the local area and the area around city enterprises.
  • Work in city parks and recreation areas.
  • Installation of garden decorations: sculptures, fountains and other decorative elements.
  • Selection of necessary fertilizers and top dressings for plants.

Where can I get an education as a gardener and where can I get a job?

You can become a gardener by working directly with an already recognized master, or by graduating from a special secondary specialized institution in the areas of landscape design or garden architecture. It is better to have a specialized education, this opens up more opportunities for self-realization.

Gardeners work in landscaping, nurseries and garden centers, sanatoriums and rest homes, hotels, landscape companies and private estates. The gardener's salary at the initial stage is small, but gradually increases depending on the qualification, the number of plots serviced and the region of residence. Good gardeners with experience earn very well.

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description, where to study, required qualities


Gardener (landscaping gardener) - a specialist in the care of a garden or landscaped area. By the way, the ProfGid career guidance center has recently developed an accurate career guidance test that will tell you which professions suit you, give an opinion about your personality type and intelligence. The profession is suitable for those who are interested in biology (see. choice of profession based on interest in school subjects).


  • Features of the profession
  • Workplace
  • Manking
  • Salary of a gardener for September 2022
  • Knowledge and skills
    • courses
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    Job features

    A gardener is often confused with a landscape designer. However, the work of the designer is connected with plants only indirectly. For him, trees, flower beds and shrubs are just expressive means, design elements. With their help, he organizes the space of the garden.

    A gardener's work is direct work with plants. The gardener organizes or carries out the planting of plants, takes care of them. Related professions: gardener and gardener, which differ from the gardener in their agricultural orientation.

    The problems of the gardening profession include outdoor work and seasonality. But gardeners are those who like to work in nature. With regard to seasonality, urban and commercial landscaping enterprises also provide their employees with work in the winter: for example, in a greenhouse. Private gardeners have the opportunity this time to relax and prepare for the next season.

    A highly skilled gardener is a garden manager. In the profession of a gardener, there are professional categories that are important when working in government structures. (The level of salary depends on the rank.) However, in commercial enterprises, the ranks are not so important: the client and the employer are more interested in the knowledge and skills of the gardener.

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    Landscape gardens, nurseries, garden centers, sanatoriums and hotels, landscape firms, private property.


    The income level of a gardener depends on work experience, professional knowledge, amount of work done, remoteness of the object. A gardener who serves several private plots or is a foreman (master) of gardeners receives a high salary. He has to do not so much routine work (cutting bushes, weeding, watering), but making decisions on caring for the garden. And for this you need to understand fertilizers, pesticides, the intricacies of the formation and education of a young garden.

    Gardener's salary for September 2022

    Salary information provided by the portal

    Russia 18360-60000₽

    Moscow 30000-70000₽

    Important qualities

    One must love plants and work in nature, with the earth. Since you have to work in the heat and frost, you need good health.

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    Knowledge and skills

    You need to know everything about planting trees and shrubs, their formation, be able to mow lawns, hedges, pruning fruit trees, create flower beds, be able to deal with pests and plant diseases, apply fertilizers.

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