May 22, 2017

Have you ever considered climbing trees—as a job?

At 404-CUT-TREE, when we are asked to trim or remove a tree, we know how important it is to choose the right method for the problem in front of us. Sometimes this means using heavy equipment or cranes to dismantle and remove trees from the top down or to reach parts of a tree that cannot safely be accessed otherwise; sometimes it means using ropes, tackle, and traditional climbing techniques to secure and bring down trees with minimal risk to nearby people and structures. This requires that we maintain a competent, well-trained, safety-conscious staff of professional tree climbers, and right now, we’re looking for a few more.

You might be surprised at who we consider as excellent candidates. If you rock climb as a hobby, consider a professional climbing job. If you are a gymnast, much of what you have practiced, from balance and steady movement to strength and physical conditioning, could also be applied to arboricultural climbing. If you have served in the armed forces, and especially if you have experience with rappelling and working high above the ground, those skills can directly tie into what we do every day.

And if you are stuck in a dull office or other indoor job without work that challenges and interests you, you may find it worthwhile to look at careers that will get you out in the fresh air and sunlight. As a tree climber for 404-CUT-TREE, you will spend your time facing physical challenges, solving practical problems, and working together with a crew to bring down giants.

We are currently looking for year-round tree climbers to join our team. If you are interested in a climbing or would like more information about the work we do, check out the Help Wanted tab on our website or contact us at 404-288-8733.

Consider a Career in Arboriculture

A career path in arboriculture can offer wide-ranging opportunities. Some who choose arboricultural careers become tree care company owners, who handle the management and administration of the business, from sales and daily operations to accounting and personnel. Others become arboricultural consultants, providing technical information and advising clients on the best management of tree resources, appraisal, and diagnosis of disorders. Still others become crew leaders in commercial arboriculture, overseeing the operations of forestry field crews and equipment. Some arborists choose to specialize in plant healthcare. Some work for large forestry products companies. Many work in government. The city arborist has become ubiquitous in urban areas. Others work with the trees and shrubs of estates or large institutions.

Arborists are like doctors for trees; in fact, 404-CUT-TREE owns the registered trademark Tree Dr. for the state of Georgia. Arborists examine trees for signs of stress, which is often a result of being watered too little or too much, being poorly pruned, being crowded out by other trees, or being exposed to soil problems. Other types of stress can be caused by fungal and bacterial infections or by interference from insects; however, these are considered opportunistic illnesses–nature’s clean-up method for stressed trees.

Once stress or damage has been diagnosed, an arborist will write a prescription to correct the problem. This might involve treatment with chemicals, hormones, or soil de-compaction, which can restore the weak or ailing tree to health. Essentially, arborists try to stop whatever is attacking the tree and then improve the tree’s health so that the tree is naturally resistant to future attacks.

At 404-CUT-TREE, we have a team of experienced arborists who have either passed or are studying for a comprehensive and detailed industry exam to become certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This is a certification that shows that an individual has achieved the required level of knowledge to be proficient in the art and science of tree care.

Other certification requirements include “three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.” In addition, a program of continuing education is required to maintain this credential.

For additional information about careers in arboriculture, click here www.outsidecareers.org.