Urban Forestry Technician

Urban Forestry Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Living in an urban environment has typically meant living a life disconnected from nature, but urban forestry technicians are working to change that by creating a new kind of forest, one that thrives within the city to help balance the fast-paced urban environment.

A Closer Look

Urban forestry involves the management and care of forests within urban areas to improve the overall quality of life for urban residents. Urban forestry technicians understand the inherent value of trees and may act as advocates for forests in urban environments, demonstrating their aesthetic and economic value.

Their work may entail trimming trees, planting new trees, managing storm water runoff, and collecting data to better understand urban forest environments.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Urban Forestry Technician graduates enter the workforce with real-world knowledge and skills. Our students learn the fundamentals of pruning, plant health care, tree planting and maintenance, plant identification, tree risk assessment, and landscape installation and management.

Our unique aerial component gives our graduates experience working safely high up in the trees. You’ll learn rope and saddle climbing, work with aerial lifts, and operate brush clippers and other industry equipment.


  • Arborist (Commercial, Municipal, Golf Course, Utility)
  • Horticulture Technician
  • Landscape Maintenance Technician
  • Landscaping Design and Installation
  • Nursery Technician
  • Park Maintenance Technician
  • Vegetation Mapping

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Urban Forestry Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Dr. Crunkilton has a PhD from the University of Missouri and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Dr. Crunkilton has worked for the US Forest Service and the US Soil Conservation Service and conducted research on oak at the University of Missouri, Columbia. To keep her skills current, she works with private companies and attends tree industry meetings.

"I love teaching and especially learning from my students. Mid-State allows us time for exciting hands-on learning.”


Joe Hoffman brings over 15 years of arboriculture experience to the classroom. His courses combine hands-on practice with demonstration and instruction. Joe has a master of forestry degree from Virginia Tech. He keeps his skills current by working in the industry during the summer and attending conferences.

“I’m deeply rewarded when students fully grasp that this education is theirs…when they take ownership and pursue their passions with all their might.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10001118 Landscape Plant Identification 2.00
10001124 Fundamentals of Aerial Tree Work 2.00
10001133 Chain Saw Safety and Operation 2.00
10001173 Urban Tree Maintenance 2.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10806184 Plant Biology 3.00
(17-18 Credits)
Term: 2
10001102 Plant Health Care Applicator 2.00
10001110 Tree Biology 2.00
10001111 Intro to Horticulture 3.00
10001121 Tree Crew Practicum 1 2.00
10001125 Aerial Tree Work Practicum 1 2.00
10001148 People, Resources, and Sustainability 3.00
10806134 General Chemistry 4.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 3
10001104 Applied Landscape Architecture 2.00
10001105 Dendrology and Silvics 3.00
10001138 Landscape & Turf Management I 2.00
10001199 Intro to Fisheries, Forestry, & Wildlife Resources 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
Elective 2.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 4
10001103 Applied Urban Forestry 2.00
10001113 Ornamental Plant Health Care 3.00
10001139 Landscape & Turf Management II 2.00
10001149 Ecological Basis for Natural Resource Management 3.00
10001198 Intro to Soil & Water Resources 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
Elective 1.00
(17 Credits)
Total Credits: 68-69