In Summary - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
Tree Surgeon/Arborists typically work in the following Career Sectors:
The Work - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
Tree Surgeons are responsible for supervising the planting, care and maintenance of trees, shrubs and woodlands in both the public and private sector. The arborist carries out site inspections and produces reports and supporting documentation on a range of sites and situations including topography, soil type, water table levels and other site constraints.
The arborist is also involved in carrying out tree surveys and inspections of local authority trees and those on development sites. The surveys include monitoring tree health and safety, and prioritising any work that needs to be done. Supervision of contractors and direct labour personnel may also be required.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
- Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
- Supervise activities of other forestry workers.
- Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
- Plan and supervise forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings.
- Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.
- Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression.
- Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.
- Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species.
- Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interests - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
As an arborist you should enjoy working outdoors. You should also have a thorough knowledge of different trees and shrubs. Good communication skills are useful if you have a supervisory role. You will need the skills necessary to produce clear and understandable reports. This type of work can be physically demanding at times including digging, lifting and carrying are regular tasks for arborists.
Entry Requirements - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
The official entry route for a Tree Surgeon/Arborist is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
New entrants will usually have completed a certificate or diploma in horticulture or forestry.
There are several Level 7 and 8 programmes available (CIT, WIT, ITB, UCD and National Botanic Gardens), some of which are run in conjunction with Teagasc.
Teagasc training centres also offer short courses in farm forestry.
Many tree surgeons train on the job while taking specialised course. After a period of practical work experience, you may be sent on a further course of study in the UK where there are a number of institutions offering courses in arboriculture.
Last Updated: November, 2014
Pay & Salary - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
Labour Market Updates - Tree Surgeon/Arborist
Gardeners account for the largest share of employment in this occupational group. While the data does not point to any shortages, employers are indicating significant issues with sourcing staff; as such, employment permits are being issued, albeit for a restricted number.
National Skills Bulletin 2018