Arboricultural officer Tree officer
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Arboricultural officers maintain and manage trees for local councils or arboricultural contractors.
1. Entry requirements
- 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:
- countryside management
- forest management
- woodland ecology and conservation
2. Skills required
- 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
Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentWorking 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 progressionYou could become self-employed.
With qualifications you could teach as a lecturer at a college or university.
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Last updated: 11 September 2018