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Aboriculturists

The role

Arboriculturists or arboricultural officers as they are also known,
ensure that trees in parks and conservation areas are managed,
maintained and kept in a safe condition.

The day-to-day activities of an arboriculturist include:
carrying out detailed surveys of sites to record the number of trees
and their condition
deciding if work such as pruning, lopping, planting or transplanting is
needed
responding to complaints about individual trees, for example if they
have become dangerous or are blocking out light

How to become an arboriculturist

Aspiring arboriculturists can break into the field in two ways:
by a mixture of experience and a professional qualification or
with a degree or BTEC HND in subjects such as
arboriculture or urban forestry.

For some courses an A level or equivalent in a science subject may be
required and possibly some practical experience.

Skills and knowledge required

  • an interest in conservation and the environment
  • a good knowledge of tree biology and pathology
  • some understanding of civil engineering and construction techniques
  • the ability to read maps
  • the ability to prioritise
  • physical fitness and a head for heights

 

Income

Arboriculturalists can earn from £18,000 a year, rising to over
£25,000 per annum.

 

The hours

Arboriculturists usually work 35 to 39 hours a week, Monday to Friday,
but could be called out at other times to deal with emergencies.

Useful websites

www.ucas.co.uk

www.isa-arbor.com  International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
www.trees.org.uk      Arboricultural Association

online magazines