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Job Description

Tree Surgeons work with trees, hedgerows and shrubs both in urban areas or in the countryside. They seek to improve the health of trees, improve appearance and attend to safety concerns.

Someone in this role will be involved with protecting, pruning, felling, planting and the preservation of trees and shrubs.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements but many tree surgeons gain experience in a closely related job like ground worker. Ground workers support tree surgeons and learn how to use chainsaws, ropes, ladders and harnesses.

Experience is highly valued. You can approach conservation organisations, horticulture groups, the National Trust or the Woodland Trust to find voluntary work.

Career Path and Progression

With qualifications and experience, you could progress to supervisor or manager. You could also start your own business.

You could move into recreational tree climbing, taking people into treetops as an outdoor activity.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Arboricultural officer
  • Countryside ranger
  • Countryside officer
  • Forestry worker
  • Forest officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to have an interest in conservation of the countryside
  • You have be prepared to work outside in most weather conditions
  • You will have a genuine interest in trees

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £30,000

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