Arboricultural Officer

Forester cutting down tree with chainsaw

An Arboricultural Officer job is typically at managerial level within a local authority, possibly within the planning or parks section. Arboricultural Officers have varied roles and usually deal with the general public and with the local authority tree stock. They will work on tree-related issues in planning of developments, with Tree Preservation Orders, may represent the local authority in court on tree matters and deal with enquiries from the general public about council trees.

Working Conditions 

Individuals must be able to work outdoors in varied weather conditions.

Arboricultural Officers typically work a standard full-time week. However, the hours may vary and weekend or Bank Holiday work can be required. There may be self-employed and consultancy opportunities available for well experienced arboriculturists.

Depending on the area covered, there may be a significant amount of travelling between different sites.



Salaries vary with experience, qualifications and between companies, but here's a guide to what you can expect.

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Getting started

Arboricultural Officers will have significant experience as a Groundworker or Climber. Some additional training may be needed particularly in respect of health and safety requirements.

Employers are looking for people who:

  • Enjoy working outside
  • Enjoy practical work
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Can manage and motivate people.

What experienced workers can do

  • Tree identification
  • Survey and inspect trees
  • Prepare for, and agree, emergency arboricultural operations
  • Monitor and maintain tree health
  • Manage projects
  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Advise on plans and site drawings
  • Advise on trees for legal protection
  • Prepare reports and documents.

Personal qualities you should have

  • Flexibility
  • Able to solve problems
  • Able to work in a team/with others
  • Energetic.

Next steps

Experienced Arboricultural Officers may look to progress into consultancy.

Useful links

Arboricultural Association

Chartered Foresters

Confederation of Forest Industries

Forestry Commission Scotland

My world of work

Royal Forestry Society

Your next steps on the Arboriculture career path

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