Tree Trimmer

What do they do? Provide tree care services that promote optimal growth and correct problems with minimal damage.

Description: Contemporary tree trimmers regularly lift impossible weights and defy gravity. They climb and jump and walk on limbs. Using ropes, pulleys, and levers, they cut and lift big branches safely, without accident or injury. Work is varied and depends on training, experience, and the season. Wintertime tasks include routine pruning and removal of hazardous trees, particularly in storm recovery. Other seasons require cable bracing, installing lightning protection, mulching and fertilizing, planting, and staking. A successful tree trimmer needs climbing ability and agility and mechanical savvy to operate state-of-the-art heavy equipment, including spray rigs, ropes, ladders, pole and chain saws, log trucks, and wood chippers.

Education: While tree trimmers can be effective with lots of on-the-job training, the trend is toward formal education in forest management, arboriculture, and/or pest management. A license is required to apply chemicals for pest control.

Salary: Starts at $1,800 per month and can rise to $2,500 and beyond as knowledge, experience, education, and licensing are obtained.