Partnerships for Effective Career Pathways Programs

Elevate your pre-employment program using formal connections with like-minded stakeholders.

Career Pathways Action Guide Phase:

The next step in creating a successful career pathways program is identifying partner organizations to help you deliver your program. Those who stand to gain from the implementation of your program like education providers, urban forestry employers, and social service agencies are more likely to take advantage of partnering with your organization early on, in order to help shape the program to serve their needs. Increased investment from area partners increases the likelihood of your program’s success.

Be mindful of how many partners you involve, as each relationship will take time and resources to sustain.

Prospective Partners

Public Agencies

  • forestry departments in need of workers and/or working to award contracts more inclusively
  • labor departments working to reduce barriers to employment for particular communities
  • law enforcement interested in reducing recidivism
  • elected officials and political appointees looking to make green jobs and sustainability commitments

Nonprofit Organizations

  • urban greening environmental organizations positioned to train people with barriers to employment in urban forestry
  • social service organizations that provide wraparound/support services like transportation, childcare, driver’s license acquisition, record expungement, financial literacy, and career coaching


  • in need of workers and/or working to grow more inclusively
  • looking to become more competitive and increase market share
  • with an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion


  • with instructor experts in urban forestry-related disciplines
  • with access to equipment and facilities for experiential learning
  • looking to increase exposure to potential students

Trade Associations and Workforce Collaboratives/Boards

  • local chapters of natural resource industry groups looking to solve a local labor shortage
  • regional and statewide workforce entities working to reduce barriers to employment for particular communities


  • looking to invest in climate change solutions and green jobs
  • interested in closing the gap between the available labor pool and entry-level positions
  • invested in long-term economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities that need them most



Career Pathways Action Guide