Students Build Career Profile Arborist AKA: Lumberjack Food badges: Health, Safety and Environment Holland Code: Build In this job, you get to work with trees that are over a hundred years old. Living history is a very special thing! Josh Klassen, Red's Tree Co. In A Nutshell I am responsible for the health, growth, and wellbeing of trees. I climb trees to maintain and trim them, or safely cut them down. I analyze if a tree is healthy, what disease it could have if it's looking sick, and whether it needs to be cut down or not. Swipe Potential Salary Range $16.00 - 30.00 Hourly Which provinces would this job be in? AB Alberta BC British Columbia MB Manitoba NB New Brunswick NL Newfoundland & Labrador NS Nova Scotia ON Ontario PEI Prince Edward Island QC Quebec I work all over the place. I spend a lot of time on the road travelling between customers, and of course, I spend lots of time up in the trees. Paperwork and emails always manage to sneak in there too. Workplace Outdoor Job Requirements & Duties Study trees to decide their age and health and figure out what needs to be done Use knowledge of arboriculture to identify insects and diseases that could harm a tree Help customers decide what should be done to trees on their property to avoid risks Climb trees to remove limbs or dangerous areas Use heavy-duty equipment to haul large chunks of trees and stumps Prepare bills and invoices and manage budgets Education & Training A college diploma or university degree in arboriculture or forestry is usually required. Some universities will offer courses in arboriculture or forestry, but generally this should be supplemented with work experience alongside a veteran arborist. The International Association of Arboriculture (ISA) issues the certification to be able to call yourself an Arborist. They have various routes you can take to gain this certification. 100all Job Outlook Some provinces have a greater need for arborist services, and those such as BC, Ontario, and New Brunswick, have a great job outlook for future arborists. Related School Subjects Science Practical Applied Arts Career Education What words come to mind when thinking about this career? Trees Forestry Climbing Lumber Important Skills Physical If you’re afraid of heights and don’t like getting messy, this job is not the one for you! I find myself climbing trees, using chainsaws, loading and hauling lumber, and more. It’s hard but rewarding work. Analytical Thinking My job also takes a scientific mindset. Customers will bring me in to look at a sick tree, and I have to analyze the situation and decide the best way to handle it based on the symptoms. Resilience This job can be a challenge; from working in rain and snow, to getting cuts and scrapes as I climb trees. But if you love the job, you have to be tough enough to dust yourself off and keep moving forward. Customer Service People care a lot about their property, and I want them to feel like I care about it too. Swipe The Best Things About This Job Are… Helps Others Independent Work Opportunity to Travel Seasonality Improves and Protects the Environment Similar Careers Nursery & Greenhouse Worker Landscape Designer Agronomist Helpful Links AgCareers - Arborist Career Profile International Society of Arborists YouTube - Cool Jobs: Arborist YouTube - The Arborist Tree Care Services Career Glossary Arboriculture Budget References Average Arborist Hourly Pay in Canada. (No Date). Arborist. (2020). Arborist. (2020). Disclaimer All career information has been gathered from a variety of sources and compiled to provide a general idea as to what each career could entail. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is committed to doing our best to ensure the information is current and reliable. However, we will not be liable for the accuracy of the information. Please contact us if you notice errors or would like to provide feedback.