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TREE CARE ESTIMATOR: Helping To Keep Trees Healthy & Safe

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Lexi is a Tree Care Estimator who spends some time in the office gathering bids for tree care, and then mostly is outside inspecting the trees themselves. After camping a lot as a child, she majored in environmental horticulture in college; and she's very happy to have a career that lets her apply her studies to her love of nature.

Degree: Environmental Horticulture
Job Title: Tree Care Estimator

Job Summary: Soil and Plant Scientists

Job Description

Soil and Plant Scientists conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

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$35,000 - $95,000
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10 to 14 percent
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Indoor, Outdoor, Office
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Analytical skills, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Mathematical skills

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m='17370'>help</span> <span m='17660'>maintain</span> <span m='18350'>safety</span> <span m='19270'>and</span> <span m='19530'>whatnot.</span> </p><p><span m='20540'>So</span> <span m='20710'>generally,</span> <span m='21250'>I</span> <span m='21700'>get</span> <span m='21890'>bids</span> <span m='22230'>from</span> <span m='22590'>my</span> <span m='22850'>supervisor</span> <span m='23570'>or</span> <span m='24340'>an HOA</span> <span m='25050'>project</span> <span m='25480'>manager,</span> <span m='25940'>something</span> <span m='26160'>like</span> <span m='26340'>that,</span> <span m='26680'>and</span> <span m='26940'>I</span> <span m='27070'>go</span> <span m='27230'>to</span> <span m='27300'>the</span> <span m='27400'>site</span> <span m='27760'>and</span> <span m='27870'>I</span> <span m='27930'>get</span> <span m='28110'>to</span> <span m='28500'>basically</span> <span m='28880'>walk</span> <span m='29170'>around</span> <span m='29500'>and look</span> <span m='29700'>at trees</span> <span m='29870'>all day.</span> <span m='31120'>So</span> <span m='31280'>it's</span> <span m='31390'>a</span> <span m='31430'>great</span> <span m='31760'>way</span> <span m='32040'>to</span> <span m='32280'>spend</span> <span m='32479'>my</span> <span m='32610'>time</span> <span m='32880'>out</span> <span m='33430'>in</span> <span m='33550'>the sunshine</span> <span m='33850'>and</span> <span m='33950'>not</span> <span m='34180'>necessarily</span> <span m='35180'>always</span> <span m='35520'>behind</span> <span m='35870'>a</span> <span m='35970'>desk.</span> <span m='36750'>There</span> <span m='36950'>is</span> <span m='37090'>some</span> <span m='37190'>desk</span> <span m='37500'>work,</span> <span m='37740'>which</span> <span m='37990'>is</span> <span m='38180'>a</span> <span m='38240'>nice</span> <span m='38460'>balance</span> <span m='39415'>for</span> <span m='39720'>some of</span> <span m='39960'>the days</span> <span m='40210'>when</span> <span m='40310'>it's</span> <span m='40480'>raining</span> <span m='40880'>or</span> <span m='41280'>it's</span> <span m='41410'>super</span> <span m='41610'>hot</span> <span m='41860'>outside,</span> <span m='42080'>it's</span> <span m='42240'>nice to</span> <span m='42660'>not</span> <span m='42960'>have</span> <span m='43160'>to</span> <span m='43410'>walk</span> <span m='43670'>around.</span> <span m='44880'>But</span> <span m='45720'>there's</span> <span m='46560'>some</span> <span m='46790'>face</span> <span m='46980'>to</span> <span m='47070'>face</span> <span m='47290'>interaction</span> <span m='47770'>with</span> <span m='47920'>people,</span> <span m='49050'>getting</span> <span m='49410'>to</span> <span m='49860'>kind</span> <span m='49990'>of</span> <span m='50060'>figure</span> <span m='50270'>out</span> <span m='50380'>what</span> <span m='50530'>they</span> <span m='51060'>need</span> <span m='51260'>done</span> <span m='51520'>for their</span> <span m='51690'>property</span> <span m='52220'>and</span> <span m='52360'>making</span> <span m='52630'>it</span> <span m='52710'>happen,</span> <span m='53220'>and</span> <span m='53940'>preserving</span> <span m='54440'>trees</span> <span m='54720'>that</span> <span m='54840'>are</span> <span m='54920'>around</span> <span m='55110'>their</span> <span m='55210'>property</span> <span m='55640'>and</span> <span m='55760'>enhancing</span> <span m='57130'>the</span> <span m='57240'>value</span> <span m='57540'>of</span> <span m='57610'>their</span> <span m='57730'>sites.</span> </p><p><span m='58780'>I</span> <span m='58950'>grew</span> <span m='59130'>up</span> <span m='59230'>going</span> <span m='59400'>camping</span> <span m='59550'>a lot</span> <span m='59690'>as</span> <span m='59980'>a</span> <span m='60090'>kid</span> <span m='60370'>and</span> <span m='60630'>always</span> <span m='61050'>had</span> <span m='61240'>a</span> <span m='61290'>love</span> <span m='61500'>for</span> <span m='61630'>being</span> <span m='61930'>in</span> <span m='62020'>the</span> <span m='62140'>outdoors</span> <span m='62620'>and</span> <span m='62840'>digging</span> <span m='63090'>in the</span> <span m='63150'>dirt.</span> <span m='64269'>And</span> <span m='64580'>now</span> <span m='64769'>I</span> <span m='65019'>get</span> <span m='65280'>paid for it,</span> <span m='65640'>which</span> <span m='65800'>is</span> <span m='65980'>fantastic.</span> <span m='67470'>I</span> <span m='67650'>went</span> <span m='67830'>to</span> <span m='67910'>school</span> <span m='68210'>at</span> <span m='68370'>Cal</span> <span m='68690'>Poly</span> <span m='69010'>San</span> <span m='69100'>Luis</span> <span m='69390'>Obispo</span> <span m='69870'>and studied</span> <span m='70360'>environmental</span> <span m='70920'>horticulture</span> <span m='72180'>and</span> <span m='72600'>took</span> <span m='72690'>an</span> <span m='72825'>arboriculture</span> <span m='73210'>class</span> <span m='73670'>and</span> <span m='74200'>climbed</span> <span m='74530'>trees</span> <span m='74940'>eight</span> <span m='75110'>hours</span> <span m='75380'>a</span> <span m='75450'>week</span> <span m='75720'>and</span> <span m='75990'>totally</span> <span m='76250'>fell in</span> <span m='76500'>love</span> <span m='76580'>with</span> <span m='76720'>it.</span> <span m='77710'>And</span> <span m='78350'>it</span> <span m='78470'>makes</span> <span m='78680'>me</span> <span m='78770'>happy</span> <span m='79170'>and it</span> <span m='79540'>felt</span> <span m='79730'>right</span> <span m='79980'>to</span> <span m='80080'>do</span> <span m='80220'>this.</span> <span m='80590'>And</span> <span m='81900'>every</span> <span m='82100'>day</span> <span m='82270'>is a</span> <span m='82420'>learning</span> <span m='82950'>opportunity</span> <span m='83780'>and</span> <span m='84080'>it</span> <span m='85500'>never</span> <span m='85880'>is</span> <span m='86110'>dull</span> <span m='86450'>and</span> <span m='86650'>always</span> <span m='86970'>different,</span> <span m='87320'>which is</span> <span m='87540'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='88170'>I</span> <span m='88340'>wish</span> <span m='88620'>I</span> <span m='88750'>knew</span> <span m='89470'>what</span> <span m='91610'>opportunities</span> <span m='92220'>were</span> <span m='92340'>out</span> <span m='92460'>there</span> <span m='92590'>that</span> <span m='92760'>were</span> <span m='93020'>not</span> <span m='93430'>the</span> <span m='93860'>day to</span> <span m='94040'>day</span> <span m='94160'>things</span> <span m='94550'>that</span> <span m='94720'>you see</span> <span m='95115'>in</span> <span m='95510'>TV</span> <span m='95770'>shows</span> <span m='96240'>or</span> <span m='97080'>what</span> <span m='97370'>your</span> <span m='97480'>parents</span> <span m='97860'>do</span> <span m='98130'>or</span> <span m='98460'>friends'</span> <span m='98670'>parents</span> <span m='99060'>do.</span> <span 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<span m='110070'>sort of</span> <span m='110180'>information</span> <span m='111620'>that</span> <span m='112360'>you</span> <span m='112650'>have</span> <span m='112890'>a</span> <span m='112980'>really</span> <span m='113235'>unique</span> <span m='113490'>interest</span> <span m='113950'>and you</span> <span m='114070'>want</span> <span m='114180'>to</span> <span m='114220'>make</span> <span m='114390'>into</span> <span m='114580'>a</span> <span m='114700'>career.</span> <span m='115980'>So</span> <span m='116740'>I</span> <span m='117035'>wish</span> <span m='117330'>that that</span> <span m='117540'>was</span> <span m='117930'>more</span> <span m='118180'>readily</span> <span m='118480'>available</span> <span m='118910'>rather</span> <span m='119150'>than</span> <span m='119340'>just</span> <span m='120280'>going</span> <span m='120520'>into</span> <span m='120630'>medicine</span> <span m='121130'>or</span> <span m='121240'>going</span> <span m='121450'>into</span> <span 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