Arborists apply a thorough knowledge of trees (different types, suitability for various environments, requirements and diseases, growth habits) to assess and improve the health of trees, trim them as needed, and sometimes remove them. Use chain saws, bucket lifts, sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, and large equipment to maneuver up in the canopy, cut limbs, and dispose of removed tree portions. Work outdoors, physically demanding. May work for city government, utility companies, or be self-employed.
Use large equipment such as boom trucks, loaders, chippers,stump grinders, and chain saws.Work up in the tree canopy from a bucket lift or using ascenders and ropes.Wear helmets, gloves, and other protective equipment and ensure the safety of others in the area as well as nearby buildings.Apply extensive knowledge of trees to make recommendations and decide which parts to remove or how to treat the tree.Discuss the job with clients or managers.Manage all aspect of the business if self-employed.Remove unsightly, dead, or unhealthy branches, branches that may interfere with power lines or other structures, or the entire tree, inlcuding the stump.Maintain equipment.Train, direct, and supervise other members of the crew.
Skills and Knowledge (Strengths and Talents)
Communication – understand the goal of the customer or project manager, explain the intended approach, and summarize the success of the project in writing or conversationSpatial skills – understand and apply geometry and forces in order to position equipment and safely bring limbs down in a defined spaceTrees – extensive knowledge of tree types and health requiredCustomer service – know relevant guidelines, procedures, and methods for preventing and solving customer issuesAttention to process – remain attentive to ensure that equipment is functioning properly and safely, surrounding environment is safe, and adjusting the plan as neededProject management – coordinate the steps and team members of a project and keep to a schedule with effective time managementSupervising – monitor and evaluate the performance of others, providing feedback, correction, and support when necessaryMachinery and tools – know how to use, maintain, and repair various tools and large machinery safely and effectively; drive large vehicles
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