Happy Arbor Day, everyone. Today we celebrate trees, and their importance in our lives and our world. And we suggest some jobs for aspiring Johnny Appleseeds everywhere.
“i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes” – e.e. cummings
April 27 is National Arbor Day. This day has been set aside for tree planting and to celebrate the importance of trees since 1872. For some professionals, honoring trees by working closely with them, or for their protection, is a daily thing. So in celebration of Arbor Day, here are a few jobs for people who love trees:
The job of an ecologist is vast and varied. However, these professionals generally spend a great deal of time working in the field, conducting scientific investigations and collecting data. They might generate environmental impact reports, teach in schools, or work to maintain select habitats. Ecologists often work for environmental protection agencies or conservation charities. They usually have bachelor’s degrees in a natural science-related field.
An arborist works closely with trees and plants in order to help them thrive. They trim, inspect, plant and remove trees as necessary to ensure the long term health of the landscape they look after. Employers generally prefer to hire an arborist with a degree in a relevant field like arboriculture, forestry, or environmental conservation. Many professionals also work an apprenticeship before become fully certified as arborists.
3. Landscape architect
A landscape architect works to design outdoor spaces for residential, commercial or public use. These professionals consult with clients to assess needs and determine how to carry out the desired concept. Most have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture. Additionally, the work requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to work well in teams.
4. Tree surgeon
The work of a tree surgeon is to safely trim, prune or remove trees as needed. This may be necessary in order to avoid interference with power lines, or to protect the tree itself. Tree surgeons need to know how to safely remove trees, use a variety of tools, and maintain the growth of trees. It’s important that they have knowledge of various types of trees. Tree surgeons also need strong physical endurance in order to get the job done.
Of course, it’s good to remember that you don’t need to devote your whole life and career to this kind of work in order to be involved. Even if you have just a little time to give, you’ll be doing a world of good. There are plenty of tree-planting projects all over the country for volunteers who’d like to be involved. The forestry cause has been assisted for decades by folks willing to donate their time and energy. The only requirement is a good attitude and a big heart.
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