An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, the care for, and the maintenance of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide them with proper care. As with other areas of the Green Industry, this specialization has great opportunities for Plant & Landscape Systems Graduates. Arboriculture, otherwise called tree care, is considered to be the most profitable area of the green industry.
While the video above shows some of the awesome techniques that arborists can use while climbing trees, it does not cover all aspects of the career. There are two main paths that you can pursue in arboriculture. They are Tree Care and Plant Healthcare.
Tree care is an exciting path with great potential leading to a rewarding career among the highest salaries in horticulture.
As a plant healthcare specialist, you are much more involved with client interaction.
Students that want to focus on arboriculture should do the following three things:
Work for BYU Grounds on the Tree and/or the Pest crews
(contact the grounds office [801-422-5510] or Max Darrington [801-360-6027].
- Enroll in Field Botany (BIO 235) and Trees (PWS 220) as early as possible.
- Attend the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) conference in addition to participating in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
Students that gain experience in arboriculture can often become certified arborists soon after their graduation. Some companies that you should look into for internships are Bartlett Tree Experts and Davey.