Professional arboriculturist apprenticeship

Manage peri-urban and urban trees to enhance the environment

As a professional arboriculturist you could work for local authorities, highway authorities, consultancies, parks, arboretums, charities and housing authorities. You’ll manage peri-urban (an area surrounding a town or city) and urban trees, writing plans to enhance the environment to benefit people, air quality and the built environment. Strategies could include emergency planning for extreme weather events and outbreaks of threat to the immediate and wider tree population. In your role you’ll interact with a range of people, from the general public, to landowners and lawyers. During the professional arboriculturist apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for managing a team, assessing tree health, managing contractors, understanding the law relating to trees and implementing programmes for development. Other job titles could include arboretum curator, principal tree officer and tree manager.


Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: Geography, science

Entry requirements for the professional arboriculturist apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Higher)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £26,000 per annum

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