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Tree surgeon

Tree surgeons carry out tree work including planting, felling, care and maintenance, and hazard assessments.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £30,000
Working hours
41 to 43 a week
  • physical skills like movement and co-ordination
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assessing hazards posed by trees
  • assessing tree health and treatment
  • pruning or removing branches
  • planting and felling trees

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work in parks and gardens, on the streets, in woodland or on rail tracks.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, dusty and physically demanding.

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.

You can find more details about working with trees through The Arboricultural Association and the Royal Forestry Society.

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