What Does an Arborist Do?
There are a few main reasons as to why individuals choose to pursue a career as an arborist – usually, it’s because they want to continue in the family business, because they are interested in the environmental aspect, or because their career path in a similar field led them into tree removal.
An arborist is defined as a person who specializes in the care, planting and maintenance of trees. Arborists focus on the overall care and health of trees by providing proper nourishment for a longer lifespan, and advising on the proper methods of caring for various different types of trees.
For arborist Mark Chisholm, it was only natural to pursue the family business of tree services. His passion for tree-climbing as a kid sealed the deal. He says that most of the time, a career as an arborist is seen as unskilled labor – not true at all.
“With the knowledge needed to properly identify a tree and its needs, the safety requirements we must uphold, plus the amount of training needed in such disciplines as physics, chainsaw safety, geometry and proper crane operation, being unskilled is not an option. This is why continued education is so important to our industry,” – Mark Chisholm
Mark is dedicated to always learning the latest tips, trends and techniques in the industry, as well as keeping up his passion by attending events, conferences and trade shows to make new connections and expand his knowledge even further. He says that remaining active in the workforce will allow tree service professionals to expand their reach and of course, their income. Staying involved is the key to success.
Mark says that even though harsh weather conditions, dangerous situations and other natural downfalls of working in tree services do come around, the rewards far outweigh the risks of the industry. He says he loves being able to tell homeowners how to properly care for the tree he just climbed, then attend an event where he can share his experience with other tree service workers.
Mark Chisholm’s career in tree services has taken him further than he ever expected. Read more of his original interview with Lifehacker for more details about the tree service industry.