In 2008 Merriman helped start a new program with the Jefferson County Work Force Center to train arborists. The curriculum included 13 weeks of classroom instruction combined with on-the-job training. The students were then placed with a private or public sector employer where they spend three hours in the classroom and 16-24 hours in the field.
In addition to designing ArborScape’s in-house apprentice and tree safety program, David Merriman devotes his time to working with at-risk youth. He hopes that by sharing a trade that has brought him so much, young people with few opportunities will have a better chance of contributing to their communities.