Careers in Forestry and Arboriculture

Ground Worker

This is often the introductory level for arborists and the place most people start their careers. You can then choose to progress onto a career as a Climber or stay working as a Ground Worker. Typical duties include assisting Climbers, chipping brush, cutting wood and site cleanup after tree care operations. The Ground Worker is also responsible for ensuring that no unauthorised people come into the area where work is being carried out. It could also involve landscape and other non-arboricultural duties such as tree and shrub planting.

Tree Surgeon/ Arboriculturist

A varied role involving cultivating and managing trees, hedgerows and shrubs. Work is undertaken in both rural and urban settings and includes all aspects of felling, preserving, planting and protecting trees, sometimes using heavy equipment. Tree surgeons will also provide clients with advice and information on trees and planting including tree surveys and assessments.

Assistant Arboricultural Officer

As an Assistant Arboricultural Officer you would be based in the planning, grounds maintenance or environmental services section within a local authority. You would be responsible for managing the tree stock and the tree maintenance staff, including contractors. Other day-to-day tasks include inspecting, monitoring and managing the trees within the authority, dealing with enquiries from councillors, council officers and members of the public, conducting tree inspections and issuing tree preservation notices.

Woodland Manager

Responsible for managing forests and woodlands for the multiple objectives of timber production, conservation and recreation. Typical tasks include advising clients on good forestry practice, supervising forest workers and contractors as well as budgetary management and overseeing timber harvests as well as habitat improvement projects.

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