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Working As A Tree Trimmer

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $32,137

    Average Salary

What Does A Tree Trimmer Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.

Duties

Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.

Education

Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.

Training

A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.

Advancement

Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Tree Trimmer Demographics

Gender

Male

94.2%

Female

4.9%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

68.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

9.4%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.6%

Carrier

11.8%

Hmong

5.9%

Korean

5.9%

French

5.9%
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Tree Trimmer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

7.1%

Kansas State University

5.7%

Hocking College

5.7%

Northwest Lineman College

5.7%

Illinois Central College

5.7%

Iowa State University

5.7%

Ohio University -

4.3%

Mitchell Technical Institute

4.3%

New Castle School of Trades

4.3%

Walla Walla Community College

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.3%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.3%

Buckeye Hills Career Center

4.3%

Sierra College

4.3%

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

4.3%

Rend Lake College

4.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.3%

Mid-America Technology Center

4.3%

Mineral Area College

4.3%
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Majors

Business

15.7%

General Studies

10.6%

Criminal Justice

10.3%

Automotive Technology

9.4%

Precision Metal Working

7.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.3%

Psychology

3.9%

Forestry

3.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Environmental Science

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Management

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Law Enforcement

2.1%

History

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

49.9%

Bachelors

18.4%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

3.3%

Masters

2.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Tree Trimmer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Precision Tree Service, Inc. Montvale, NJ Oct 26, 2012 $51,147
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Tree Tech, Inc. NJ Oct 05, 2012 $48,356
Tree Trimmer Trees Are for Us, Inc. WI Feb 01, 2012 $43,723
Tree Trimmer and Pruner ZINO Nurseries and Landscaping Inc. North Salem, NY Apr 13, 2015 $43,702
Tree Trimmer Michael Serio Inc. Bedford Hills, NY Jul 27, 2015 $43,701
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Swansea, MA Apr 01, 2016 $43,117
Tree Trimmer Rescue Tree Service Inc. Hotchkiss, CO Mar 28, 2016 $42,848
Tree Trimmer Westchester Tree Life, Inc. Chappaqua, NY Apr 01, 2016 $41,823
Tree Trimmers & Pruners Rolling Green, Inc. Mira Loma, CA Mar 07, 2011 $40,976
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Basso Landscaping, Inc. New York, NY Nov 16, 2012 $39,194 -
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Tree Trimmer/Pruner Grealish Tree Service LLC Southampton, NY Feb 13, 2015 $39,166
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Kansas City, KS Aug 17, 2016 $38,672
Tree Trimmer Foreman Orleans Co. Tree Service Petersburg, VA May 08, 2016 $38,526
Tree Trimmers and Pruners Rock's Lawn Care/Stump Out LLC Gray, LA Mar 15, 2016 $38,484
Tree Trimmer/Pruner First Choice Tree Care Inc. Mequon, WI Apr 18, 2016 $34,644
Tree Trimmers and Pruners George's Market and Nursery LLC NY Feb 20, 2013 $34,185
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $33,955
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. VA Apr 06, 2015 $33,559
Tree Trimmers & Pruners Lincolndale Landscaping Inc. NY Jan 28, 2011 $33,134
Tree Trimmers & Pruners J G Tree Corp. D/B/A Perfect Cut Tree Service Inc. Pomona, NY Feb 17, 2012 $33,134
Tree Trimmer and Pruner R.B. Stout, Inc. Akron, OH Apr 15, 2015 $32,032
Tree Trimmers and Pruners R.B. Stout, Inc. Akron, OH Jan 29, 2013 $32,032
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Conroe, TX Apr 06, 2016 $29,740
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Beaumont, TX Apr 01, 2016 $29,698
Tree Trimmer The Original Mowbray's Tree Service Inc. Visalia, CA Feb 10, 2015 $29,600
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. Longview, TX Apr 01, 2016 $29,489
Tree Trimmers and Pruners La La Enterprises, LLC Krum, TX Nov 01, 2016 $28,571
Holiday Light Installation/Tree Trimmer/Pruners Environmental Investments L.P. Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2015 $28,571
Tree Trimmer/Climber ABC Professional Tree Services, Inc. TX Apr 25, 2016 $28,571

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Top Skills for A Tree Trimmer

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  1. Removal
  2. Chain Saws
  3. Safety Devices
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform tree pruning and removals right-of-way clearing and maintenance, vegetation management with herbicides and emergency storm work logistical support.
  • Utilized chain saws, wood cutters, and stump grinders to safely cut down and dispose of limbs.
  • Utilize chain saws and work crews to safely cut down limbs Climb trees with safety devices to properly cut down limbs
  • Operated hydraulic lift-bucket truck for duties related to tree handling and removal; processed and prepared daily operation reports.
  • Trimmed trees along power lines, cut away dead obstructive or excess branches from trees to ensure safety from power lines.

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