Summer Youth Employment Application

Program Eligibility Questionnaire 

Tree Trust Summer Youth Employment Program is an employment training program serving eligible young people. Check the appropriate answer below to assess your eligibility.
Youth with Limited English Proficiency
Youth performs at one grade level or more below average or is basic skills deficient
Youth is enrolled in an alternative learning program
Youth has a physical, mental, emotional or learning disability
Youth has an IEP
Family receives public assistance
Youth is eligible for FREE school lunch (not reduced)
Youth is or was chemically dependent or is a child of drug or alcohol abusers/dependents
Youth is receiving Group Home Services
Youth is in foster care
Youth is an actual or potential school dropout
Youth is pregnant/parenting
Youth is a juvenile offender/diversion program
Youth is homeless/runaway
Family income is below the state-mandated poverty line for corresponding family size 

Tree Trust Summer Youth Employment is limited to applicants who meet all of the criteria above.  Please contact Tree Trust at 952-767-3880 to find other programs you may be eligible to join.  

If you live in Minneapolis or Saint Paul please check out these programs:

City of Minneapolis STEP UP 


City of Saint Paul Right Track


Positions for the program will be filled using a lottery system. Applying does not guarantee a position. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Once received, your application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. You will then be mailed a School Verification Form to be brought to your school counselor. This form is required and must be completed by your school counselor.

You will not be eligible until you attend a paperwork session to fill out forms that require a physical signature. Paperwork session will take place at various metro locations from March 30-April 29 and details will be mailed to you.

After all paperwork sessions are concluded in mid-April, eligible applicants will be grouped by location and placed in a pool for potential selection. Positions will be filled using a lottery system. We anticipate sending decision emails to indicate your application status by the end of April. Your status will be a job offer or notification of being placed on the wait list. If you are placed on the wait list, there is a good chance that you may still receive a position offer. We fill position vacancies from the wait list throughout much of the summer.

Expected Timeline for 2021

February 19th: Applications made availabe
March 26th: Deadline for applications (if sending paper application, must be postmarked by this date)
March 30th - April 29th: All applicants must attend a paperwork session to be considered for employment
April 30th: School verification due
June 14: Program begins (dates will vary based on county and crew assignment)
August 13th: Program ends (dates will vary based on county and crew assignment)

Academic Credit
Tree Trust partners with the Northeast Metro Area Learning Center to offer academic credits to participants. Youth can earn up to two elective credits by completing the program.

If you have questions or need assistance completing this application, please call Tree Trust at 952-767-3880.
Applicant Information
Tree Trust is required to use a State of Minnesota Database that currently only accepts binary gender entry. Legal Gender is used only for the State of Minnesota Database. Gender identity will be used for all other purposes.
Parent/Guardian #1
Parent/Guardian #2

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Work Eligibility & Citizenship Information

If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you will be asked to provide a copy of your work authorization documents or permanent resident card if offered a position. 

Applicant Selective Service, Race, Ethnicity & Immigrant Status Information
Education and Work Status Information    

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Applicant Eligibility Information

Funds for this program are targeted to serve youth who have a disability or qualify as low-income or at-risk. Please answer each question.
Family Information
For the income questions below:
Include as income: gross wages, net income from self-employment, rental property income, alimony, workers compensation, pensions,
SSDI, OASI, interest and dividends.
Do not include as income: any form of public assistance including SSI, child support, tax refunds, loans, unemployment compensation, foster child payments or HUD rental assistance payments.
Public Assistance Information
This information in needed to determine your eligibility.  Do you and/or your parent or guardian receive any of the following types of assistance?
How did you hear about Tree Trust?    
Job Placement and Preference Information

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew Member

Crew Member positions are available for youth ages 14-21.

Work outdoors on a supervised team with seven other young people to complete physically challenging projects like staircases and retaining walls for parks and community spaces. Applicants must be willing to work in all types of summer weather, work well with a team, and be committed to coming to work on time on scheduled days. 

If you select Crew Member or No Preference you will need to select a pick-up/drop-off location. Transportation to and from the YCC job sites is provided for most locations and the locations listed below are POTENTIAL pick-up/drop-off sites, but won’t be confirmed until crews and sites are determined.


·         Be able to work on a crew with a ratio of one staff to eight youth

·         Be outside for eight continuous hours

·         Be able to stand for up to two continuous hours

·         Be able to life 15 pounds

Individual Internships
Individual Internships positions are available for youth ages 16-21.
Perform clerical, custodial or customer service work at a business or organization. Applicants must be able to follow directions and work independently. Transportation is not provided to these positions.


·         Be able to work independently for up to 1.5 hours

·         Be able to stand for two continuous hours

  ·          Be able to lift 15 pounds

This information you provde will help us to understand where you are able to be placed for work. Note that transportation to and from the conservation crew job sites is provided for some (not all) locations and the locations listed below are POTENTIAL pick-up/drop-off sites, but won’t be confirmed until crews are determined. Transportation is not available for those who are placed in individual site positions..
Dakota and Suburban Hennepin, Washington County offer conservation crew positions and a very limited number of individual site positions.
Emergency  Contact Information

Please provide a non-parent/guardian for at least one of the Emergency Contacts below:

I hereby give permission for my child to participate in the activities of the Tree Trust Summer Youth Employment Program. I have read this application, and the information provided is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. If requested, I agree to provide any documentation necessary to verify the information on this form. I give my permission to my child’s school to release test results and other information to Tree Trust as required to determine eligibility. I understand that completing this application does not guarantee that my child will be employed by Tree Trust.

We may use the information from your application and your participation in the program in several ways. This section explains who might receive this information and what will happen if you choose not to provide it.

Program Information
  • We are asking for the information to help us decide whether you are eligible for the program and if there are other services you may need/want.
  • We may use the info to prepare reports, conduct audits, review eligibility, and find out how the program is helping you.
  • We may share this info with staff of the government agencies that fund the program, including the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), as well as with federal, state and local government agencies.
  • You are not required to provide the information. However, if you do not provide the information requested, we may not be able to determine if you are eligible for the program and therefore, may not be able to serve you.
  • Providing false information will lead to removal from the program.

Wage Detail Files
We may also use the information from wage detail files to help us evaluate the program.