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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 Arboricultural Officer, Forestry Officer, 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


Useful organisations

Arboricultural Association

Royal Forestry Society

Woodland Trust

Forestry Commission

Tree Council