QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) — The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has a shortage of tree climbers and pruners, and a new program hopes to increase interest in the career.

These are arborists who clean up trees in every borough to ensure the safety of the public or prepare before a hurricane.

New funding has created an interest in the job, and now 18 people are being trained to become pruners. 

PIX11’s Michelle Ross has more on this story in the video player.