Student Events

Did you know the IAA has a Workforce Development committee? The goal of this committee is to promote the arboriculture industry and encourage people in the workforce to pursue careers in it with our IAA members. We also put on the annual career fair at the IAA Annual Conference to help provide affordable opportunities for IAA members to get in front of career seekers and provide career opportunities in arboriculture. Through promotion of our industry and engagement with career seekers, we seek to further professionalize and increase the work force in arboriculture.

Upcoming Events 2024

SIU Forestry Field Days
May 14th – 16th, 2024


Illinois Arborist Association

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Information from Past Events

The Illinois Arborist Association Workforce Development committee is dedicated to engaging in Illinois career related events at all levels of education and training. We seek to engage with high school, trade or college programs to expose students to career opportunities in arboriculture.

In addition to schools, we also seek to engage with the workforce that may be beyond school, and simply looking for a career change. We hope to meet you at an upcoming event and introduce you to one of our awesome member companies or organizations and help you get your career started in arboriculture.

2022 Past Student Event

Southern Illinois University – IAA/IFA Forestry Field Day

Check Out these Press Releases from Past Events

Check out some photos and details of past events we have taken part in over the years:

  • Mahomet Seymour High School Career and College Exploration Night
  • Fremd High School Career Expo School District 211
  • Grant Community High School Career Fair
  • Fermilab STEM Career Expo

High school students are invited to hear directly from scientists, engineers and technical professionals about their journey to their STEM career. Although the on-site STEM Career Expo was not held, we did not want to miss the chance to share the stories of twenty-five professionals covering several STEM pathways. See the program page to discover practical and useful STEM resources and links to the videos of the featured professionals. Submit a question by using the question form. The expo is a collaborative event organized by the Fermilab Office of Education and Public Outreach and educators and career specialists from area schools. Sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education and DuPage, Kane, and Kendall County schools.

Mahomet Seymour High School Career and College Exploration Night
Dan O’Brien, Russo Power Equipment & IAA Industrial Director along with Alan Seal, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
Student Event at Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL
Alan Seal, Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
Student Event at Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL

We look forward to identifying and attending more of these events in the future as well as continuing to host our own career fair at the IAA annual conference. If you know of events for us to attend or you are interested in helping our committee grow the workforce in arboriculture, contact Paul Filary at