Tree Surgeon

Tree surgeons work in towns and the countryside, assessing tree health, removing branches, planting new stock and felling unsafe trees.

Day-to-day tasks

As a tree surgeon, you'll:

  • identify hazards caused by trees
  • climb trees to cut back or remove branches
  • cut down and remove trees and stumps
  • plant trees and assess their health
  • work with clients to produce tree survey reports

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • physical skills like movement and co-ordination
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

Industry Qualifications

You can study for a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in: forestry, arboriculture, countryside management, forest management, woodland ecology and conservation.

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