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Ep 4 - Land Clearing Arborist

Job description

An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. A land clearing arborist is one who works on large projects and drives large machines.

Qualifications required:

Along with NZQA Level 4 arborist qualifications, on the job forestry training can be provided. 

Training costs

Two year full time course to become an arborist will cost $6000, then additional on the job training to suit the land clearing role.

Career path

A school leaver will work as a trainee and build up experience whilst working with a qualified tree crew. Experience is very important as the job can involve working with helicopters and cranes. Senior crew will be looking at leader ship roles to a foreman. In a large company there are project and business managers, these roles focus on business management skills.

Salary range

An experienced and qualified land clearing arborist can earn up to $30 per hour.

Other careers this profession could lead to


How to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry

Work experience and an interest in the environment and sports.

Other places to source information about this job

Otago Polytechnic and WINTEC

Other relevant points

In NZ there is a shortage of qualified people so there are plenty of opportunities. It’s much the same story in Australia and Europe.