Are you looking for work? Tree service jobs are available for qualified applicants. Finding a career caring for trees in your area and getting employment that is available today can sometimes be challenging. That’s why we decided to share these tips and FAQ about our tree care employment and help make the process a little easier.
What Jobs Are Available?
Tree service companies are looking for trained ISA Certified Arborist, experienced tree climbers, entry level ground crew positions, landscapers, park maintenance and forestry to be filled this season.
If you are interested in joining the Boulder Tree Care crew send your contact information and work history to the email address below.
Do you have any experience?
It usually doesn’t take long to see if someone has much experience climbing, pruning, calculating work loads or safely rigging and removing trees. For those who have done this before, the process of getting hired may be done on a handshake or it might be job referrals from previous employers that are a cornerstone to getting a position which requires a highly experienced professional.
What if I’m just getting started?
Entry level positions are very different than for those who are veterans in the business. These positions often require a minimum of a willingness to learn, good listening skills, attention to detail, safe work practices, a strong back, and, a pair of work boots.
Part-time, seasonal employment is a good way of getting some experience. It also gives workers the opportunity to get to know each other and gives you a chance to demonstrate your level of skill and motivation. If things work out and it’s a good fit – the possibility for future work and a career in the tree care industry may unfold.
When is the best time to get hired?
Although tree service crews are usually more busy during the summer months there are some that specialize in tree work that is done during the winter. Companies that have many clients with fruit trees and those that clear the electrical power lines are just two examples of tree care companies that have year-round work. If it’s the dead of winter and there is a foot of snow on the ground, be patient as the weather starts to warm up so will the work. Try to get your foot in the door before spring is in full swing.
Are you flexible to travel?
If you are willing to do a bit of traveling there are national tree care companies that move all around the country going to wherever the work is need. If you are a highly motivated and have some flexibility you may find work helping to clean up areas that have been hit by severe snow and wind storms. They always need extra work at these locations because local crews are just not prepared for that sort of volume of emergency tree removal and pruning of hazardous branches.
Study. Learn. Practice.
The more you learn and understand about proper tree care practices (especially about trees in the area you would like to work) the more likely you are to make a good impression. I personally have been doing this for nearly 20 years and I study hundreds of hours a year, learning new things all the time. From safer rigging techniques and more efficient climbing knots and methods, to tree identification and diagnosis and treatment of tree related illnesses and diseases. It’s one of the things I love the most about this work – the endless learning!
A Few More Tips
- If there isn’t a lot of tree work going on it doesn’t mean tree service companies aren’t busy. Equipment maintenance, continued education, taxes and paperwork are all on going events.
- Don’t be overly anxious and call too many times if you don’t get an immediate reply.
- Sending an email with your contact information and resume is a good way to get started.
- If you have their address, sending your work history by mail gives employers time to see if you have the qualifications necessary for the positions they want to fill.
- Be honest about your experience. A foreman can often tell if a tree climber has ascended a tree a “bunch” of times, a hundred times or thousands of times and when lives are on the line – honesty is critical.
While there are many possibilities for people who are both experienced and just starting there careers in the tree care industry it may not always be as easy as you think finding a new job. The people I know in this field of work love their careers and many of the folks who get hired often stay with their employers.
Don’t give up! If you are patient and motivated the doors will open and you may find your “dream” career. It happened for me!
If you are looking for a career working with Boulder Tree Care send your contact information here: