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Arborist

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At a Glance... header image

Works in the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. They examine trees to assess their condition before determining appropriate action.


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The Work header image

Arborists are responsible for supervising the planting, care and maintenance of trees, shrubs and woodlands in both the public and private sector. The arborist carries out site inspections and produces reports and supporting documentation on a range of sites and situations including topography, soil type, water table levels and other site constraints.  
 
The arborist is also involved in carrying out tree surveys and inspections of local authority trees and those on development sites. The surveys include monitoring tree health and safety, and prioritising any work that needs to be done. Supervision of contractors and direct labour personnel may also be required.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.

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Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.

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Supervise activities of other forestry workers.

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Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.

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Plan and supervise forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings.

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Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.

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Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression.

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Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.

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Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species.

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Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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As an arborist you should enjoy working outdoors. You should also have a thorough knowledge of different trees and shrubs. Good communication skills are useful if you have a supervisory role. You will need the skills necessary to produce clear and understandable reports. This type of work can be physically demanding at times including digging, lifting and carrying are regular tasks for arborists.


Entry Routesheader image

New entrants will usually have completed a certificate or diploma in horticulture or forestry.

There are several Level 7 and 8 programmes available (CIT, WIT, ITB, UCD and National Botanic Gardens), some of which are run in conjunction with Teagasc.

Teagasc training centres also offer short courses in farm forestry.

Many tree surgeons train on the job while taking specialised course. After a period of practical work experience, you may be sent on a further course of study in the UK where there are a number of institutions offering courses in arboriculture.

Last Updated: November, 2014


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Organisation: National Botanic Gardens
Address: Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel: (01) 804 0201
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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 0200
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