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Women in Arboriculture Group

Changing the face of arboriculture

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Arboriculture or Urban Forestry is relatively young industry. Traditionally many people started their careers working on the tools, then progressing into local authority work as a Tree Officer or by going into private consultancy. As the industry has grown and the importance of trees has become more widely known, so has the variety of roles available.

As there is no set path into the industry, the route you take is completely up to you. Qualifications and training ranges from apprenticeships, short courses, seminars, workshops, further education courses, and undergraduate to masters degrees, there’s an option for everyone. One thing is for certain, you will never stop learning!

By having a healthy working life that involves getting out into nature, whilst being able to have a positive impact on our towns and city’s green infrastructure, it’s no wonder that more people are looking to arboriculture as viable career change option.

Arboriculture is like many other industries in terms of a lack of female representation. The Women in Arboriculture group was set up with the aims of promoting the industry at entry level, supporting women already in the industry by helping them to grow and develop their skills and supporting a culture change regarding diversity.

But it’s not just about being female, we want to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment for all.

CAN I REALLY WORK WITH TREES?

Yes you can!

There are so many routes into the industry, whether you’re looking for a career change or just starting out on your journey, there’s an option for you!

Here’s a list of some of the roles in arboriculture:

  • Consultant
  • Tree Officer/ Urban Forester
  • Groundworker
  • Climbing Arborist
  • Researcher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Lecturer/ Tutor
  • Contracts Manager
  • Business Support
  • Charity Worker

For more information please visit our careers page.

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

What the Women in Arboriculture Working Group can do for you…

  • Support network
  • Careers advice
  • Receive mentor guidance
  • Working to improve some of the daily challenges we face such as kit fit issues
  • Promoting diversity within the industry

What you can do for the Women in Arboriculture Working Group…

  • Promote the industry
  • Visiting schools and colleges
  • Develop the mentor programme
  • Support those with less experience
  • Share knowledge
  • Stand up for those who are being subjected to discrimination

If you are interested in contributing to the Women in Arboriculture Working Group or being part of the network, please contact:

wia@trees.org.uk

You can also find us on Twitter or LinkedIn

The Women In Arboriculture Working Group inaugural meeting