Getting a start in tree work/arboristry

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Adleedy, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Adleedy

    Adleedy New Member

    Sep 26, 2018
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    Charleston wv
    Hello all, I have been employed in the mining industry for the past 8 years and have considered getting started in tree care/arboristry for some time. Unfortunately with a family and working 6 days a week I never had much time to pursue a secondary career but I’m now lucky enough to have a 4 on 4 off schedule and ample free time. My question is would it be worthwhile to contact local arborists and try to obtain an internship or apprenticeship? because of my rotating days off it would be hard to actually get a job with a reputable company but I would be willing to volunteer my time in exchange for free training for a period of time. Just wondering what “the industry’s” thoughts would be on this proposal. Thanks

    Also forgot to mention that I am interested in making the switch due to a love for nature, years of experience using SRT for vertical caving and making the move to an industry that’s not as feast or famine or being phased out like the coal industry
  2. greengreer

    greengreer ArboristSite Operative

    Dec 21, 2013
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    Todd NC
    It's mostly a train on the job type industry. Best way to get going is get on with a good, safe company and work your skills up.

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