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MANAGER, TREE CARE, IN-DEPTH: Trees Are A Living Organism

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Travis, a manager at a tree care company, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He loves that in his job, he gets to visit new sites everyday and be presented with new challenges. He also gets to provide trees that enhance the community, which is something he really enjoys doing.

Job Title: Assistant District Manager

Job Summary: Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Job Description

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, tree trimmers and pruners cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

On-the-Job Training

Training in the first few weeks on the job is standard.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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