Have you ever thought about being an Arborist? Do you even know what an Arborist does? Well if you like trees and the outdoors, stay with me. This month I want to dive into the career of Arboriculture, and expand your idea of a career.
Arborism, is all about working with the outdoors. If you’ve ever seen the show Tree House Master’s, Pete (host/owner) is an Arborist. What I love about Pete is his enthusiasm for his work. It doesn’t really seem to matter if he is building a tree house for a famous client or an average Joe, he LOVES what he does. Great example right here:
Every build he does he is pumped to talk about, and share his knowledge with the rest of us. He really helps show us the importance of loving what you do and that you can do anything. Arborism, like I said, is about working outdoors, but that can be more than building tree houses. Arborists work all over the world with all different kinds of plants, trees being an obvious medium. You can be working with the trees themselves, kind of like Pete, but you can also be studying them. This Wiki definition really lays it out there for you.
An ISA Certification is a key requirement to become a creditable arborist. There are six different types of certifications and it takes around three years of previous arborist experience in order to take an ISA exam and become a certified arborist. I know what you are thinking “Kendra you’re telling me I need experience to get a job, but I need a job to get experience… catch 22″. I get what your saying, but from my research your three years of experience comes from entry level positions. You’d be finding those entry level positions working alongside arborist, in the industry to then become an arborist yourself. It’s like most careers, as you have to start from the bottom and move up in the world. Don’t get discouraged by these requirements, it’s called career building. Being an apprentice is part of your new career in arborism. This is why it is important to keep your focus on pullers.
If your less interested in trees, there is also horticulture. Horticulture is the art of landscaping and gardening. I like to think of Mrs. Sprout from the Harry Potter Series. She taught an entire school all about plants (yes her plants were magical, but stay with me). Mrs. Sprout taught students what to and not to do when working with plants. That requires quite a bit of knowledge about plants. Remember when she was instructing 2nd years’ how to replant mandrakes (screaming plants)? You personally wouldn’t be dealing with screaming plants, but without the proper care and knowledge, your garden might be screaming for some love and attention. If you have a knack for working with plants, vegetation or any combination of the two you may want to consider a career in it. I’ll let you take a look at the Michigan State University page about Horticulture.
Education for Horticulture careers can range. Some positions require a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, others do not require any education. Online certifications seem to be popular as well. Overall, arborism has a nice variety of education requirements. You can start from the bottom and move up the ladder. My suggestion, try a landscaping job with a local company. Chances are you’ll learn a thing or two about arborism and you’ll be in a position where you should be able to find a job rather quickly, especially if you are in the Southern part of the U.S.
So let’s now take a look at some resources to find those positions in arborism that I keep telling you are out there:
You can search by location at all of these sites. Search anywhere from Washington State to Washintong D.C. That’s the beauty of these data bases and trust me there are tons more out there. Take a look and let me know what you find!
Enjoy and let me know what you want to see next month’s edition of the Kareer Korner!