Arborist Technician

WHAT YOU DO

Arborist Technicians are the true tree huggers of the world. You have to love trees because it’s your job to take care of them.

As an Arborist Technician, you are skilled in all aspects of tree care, including identifying plants, and examining and diagnosing pests and diseases. You use your knowledge to assess the health and structure of a tree, determine its needs and identify appropriate treatments including pruning, spraying, repairing damaged areas and even injecting treatment solutions. You’re always doing what’s best for the tree and the surrounding environment.

Program details

WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to identify different types of plants
  • How to treat injured and diseased trees and plants
  • How to fall, limb and buck trees
  • How to prune and perform other work on trees from the ground
  • How to assist climbers
  • How to chip brush, cut wood and clean up after tree care operations
  • How to use a variety of pruning equipment

WHO YOU WORK FOR

Arborist Technicians work for commercial arborist companies, government parks departments or golf courses, or as self-employed contractors.

Types of Workplaces

  • Arborists
  • Landscaping contractors
  • Municipalities
  • Electricity providers

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

You will be paired with an experienced Arborist who will ensure that you learn the basics of planning and safety. You’ll continue to perfect your skill-level with a variety of industry-specific power tools and gain a deeper understanding of the art of tree maintenance.

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Outdoorists are

ADVENTUROUS, CURIOUS, NIMBLE, OUTDOORSY, VISUAL

Critical Skills

  • How to use hand tools, small power tools and power equipment
  • Identify common trees, shrubs and describe basic tree biology
  • Falling and bucking, including managing hazards
  • Rigging and climbing (Knowledge of ropes and knots)
  • Job planning and risk assessment

Earn

$44K - $53K annually
$15.00 - $34.00 hourly

Work

  • 40
  • hours per week
    seasonal

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.