Working with and for trees, woodland and in forestry, includes tree nurseries.
Trees are a vital part of the British countryside and provide an important amenity value in urban settings as well. Managing trees in all their settings for commercial, recreational or amenity value is a rapidly expanding area of the countryside sector with increasing awareness of the importance of caring for our tree stock and some of the threats its facing from novel diseases and alien invasive species and pests.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Forest Worker and
Tree Surgeon, the National Careers Service has role profiles of all of these and many more (click the links)
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a good start.
See current arboriculture volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
See current countryside conservation volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work with trees,
If you're thinking of a career working with trees there are details of longer courses, diplomas to MSc, on the Training Directory here.
Information and in depth articles
Valuing the benefits of urban trees for better greenspace management, Forest Research
Forestry education and learning - building your career, Royal Forestry Society
Forestry - a fascinating topic and a hugely rewarding career, Bangor University
Amelia Williams, Tree Officer for Test Valley Borough Council - a typical day in my life
Managing ancient woodland and how that differs to managing other woodland, Woodland Trust
Ash Dieback - the threat to our non-woodland trees, The Tree Council
The Orchard Habitat, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
Update on Tree Health, Forest Research
Veteran trees - their importance & management, Ancient Tree Forum
Coppicing - realising the potential of our woodlands, National Coppice Federation
Why Urban Trees Matter - To Everyone, The Tree Council
Hedges for Wildlife, Habitat Aid
Traditional coppicing is a boost to bird species, from RSPB and Small Woods Association
Taking a bird’s eye view of England’s traditional orchards has enabled conservationists to put one of the most important wildlife habitats back on the map, People's Trust for Endangered Species
Tree Council launches new phase of its Hedge Tree Campaign
Coppicing and pollarding – ‘cut and come again’ for trees! Small Woods Association
Forest restoration in the Highlands of Scotland, Trees for Life
How volunteer tree champions make a difference, The Tree Council
Tree Wardens prove a growing presence in UK Towns & Cities, Tree Council
Remembering the Great Storm of 1987, Forestry Commission
A new threat, Oak Processionary Moth, Forest Research
Plant the Ancient Trees of the Future, Tree Council
Planners Urged to insist on more trees, Tree Council
Tree Wardens champion Britain's Trees, Tree Council
Trees and Biodiversity, Wildlife and Countryside Services
The growing value of England's urban woodlands, The Mersey Forest
Royal Forestry Society