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Arboricultural officer Tree officer

Arboricultural officers maintain and manage trees for local councils or arboricultural contractors.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need:

  • experience working in an arboriculture role, like a tree surgeon or arboricultural assistant
  • a nationally recognised arboricultural qualification like the National Certificate in Arboriculture, or a higher-level qualification

It may help if you have a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject, like:

  • forestry
  • arboriculture
  • countryside management
  • forest management
  • woodland ecology and conservation

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • strong writing skills
  • physical fitness and a head for heights
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • advising on planning applications, to take account of tree protection laws
  • managing trees in parks, open areas and at the side of roads, organising tree surveys, recording tree locations
  • planning tree planting schemes
  • supervising tree care and tree planting contracts with site visits
  • giving demonstrations and talks on arboriculture and woodlands to schools and other community groups
  • training junior colleagues and volunteers

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000

Experienced: £27,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.  You may need to do some weekend or bank holiday work.

6. Career path and progression

You could become self-employed.

With qualifications you could teach as a lecturer at a college or university.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016