A tree surgeon treats trees that are damaged or diseased and helps them get back into a healthy condition. When trees cannot be recovered, it will often be the job of the tree surgeon to cut them down. A tree may also be removed or cut when they are in an environment that may be a hazard to people around it, such as locations near residences or power lines. Pruning trees on a periodic basis is also often part of the job.
It is important to have a strong knowledge of various types of trees, including diseases and conditions that afflict certain trees. It is important to have strong physical endurance and to not have a fear of heights, as the job often involves climbing trees and performing other physical activities. The ability to use various tools, such as a chainsaw and axe, is important. Debris from the tree will also often be removed by the tree surgeon, so it may be necessary to be able to operate large machinery, such as forklifts.
A tree surgeon may do some of the work independently. However, strong people and communication skills are necessary, in order to provide good customer service. Commission may be offered, based on the number or type of tasks carried out. Some jobs will require education in a related field, such as forestry, landscaping, horticulture, or botany.