Profession arboriculturist

Arboriculturists carry out specialised tasks related to observation, health and maintenance of trees.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Plant species

    The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics. 

  • Forest ecology

    The ecosystems existing in a forest, starting from bacteria to trees and soil types.

  • Tree preservation and conservation

    Environmental requirements for tree preservation and conservation.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

Skills

  • Handle geospatial technologies

    Can use Geospatial Technologies which involve GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing) in the daily work.

  • Protect trees

    Preserve trees taking into account the health and conditions of the tree(s) and plans for preservation and conservation of the area. This includes the cutting of trees or branches on trees applying knowlege of the biology of the tree.

  • Inspect trees

    Carry out tree inspections and surveys.

  • Monitor grounds

    Monitor grounds during special events to insure protection of the system, report condition of the grounds and loss of water or plants due to system malfunction.

  • Advise on tree issues

    Provide advice to organisations and private persons on planting trees and tree safety. Investigate current conservation and tree management projects.

  • Control tree diseases

    Identify diseased or undesirable trees. Remove them using power saws or hand saws.

  • Climb trees

    Ascend and descend from trees in a safely manner.

  • Nurse trees

    Plant, fertilise and trim trees, shrubs and hedges. Examine trees to assess their condition and determine treatment. Work to eradicate insects, fungus and diseases which are harmful to trees, assist with prescribed burning, and work on preventing erosion.

  • Operate chainsaw

    Operate mechanical chainsaw powered by electricity, compressed air or gasoline.

  • Spray pesticides

    Spray pesticide solutions to keep insects, fungus, weed growth, and diseases under control.

  • Estimate damage

    Estimate damage in case of accidents or natural disasters.

  • Execute fertilisation

    Carry out fertilisation tasks by hand or using appropriate equipment according to fertilisation instructions taking into account the environmental, health and safety regulations and procedures.

  • Perform tree thinning

    Removing some trees from a stand in order to improve tree health, timber value and production.

  • Execute disease and pest control activities

    Execute disease and pest control activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the climate, plant or crop type, health and safety and environmental regulations. Store and handle pesticides in accordance with recomandation and legislation.

  • Lop trees

    Can retract trees and big branches with regard to health and safety regulations

  • Conserve forests

    Strive to conserve and restore forest structures, biodiversity and ecological functions.

  • Monitor tree health

    Monitor trees for pests and diseases, aiming to improve their health.

  • Carry out aerial tree rigging

    Calculate the expected loads the rigging will be exposed to. Select compatible components to make up the rigging system and choose the position of anchor points for rigging components. Take into account the expected load and the positions of the ground crew, other anchor points, equipment, planned drop zone, and processing area. Remove lower tree sections using suitable cuts, minimising shock loading in the rigging system.

  • Protect biodiversity

    Sustain biodiversity of the species by observing the ecosystem.

  • Plant green plants

    Plant seeds manually or by using ground equipment.

  • Assess hazards implied in tree operations

    Evaluate risks and hazards, perform efficient actions in order to minimize risks and to restore the trees to their orginal state or to replant new ones.

Optional knowledge and skills

make independent operating decisions climate change impact forestry regulations assist tree identification geographic information systems maintain forestry equipment write technical reports related to trees