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Career and Education Opportunities for Tree Trimmers in Jacksonville, Florida

If you want to be a tree trimmer, the Jacksonville, Florida area offers many opportunities both for education and employment. There are currently 3,390 jobs for tree trimmers in Florida and this is projected to grow 14% to about 3,880 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for tree trimmers are expected to grow by about 26.3%. In general, tree trimmers cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree.

Income for tree trimmers is about $14 per hour or $29,650 yearly on average in Florida. Nationally, their income is about $14 hourly or $29,970 yearly. Tree trimmers earn more than people working in the category of Landscaping and Groundskeeping generally in Florida and more than people in the Landscaping and Groundskeeping category nationally.

The Jacksonville area is home to thirty-three schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Jacksonville where you can get a degree as a tree trimmer. Given that the most common education level for tree trimmers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a tree trimmer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Tree Trimmer

Tree Trimmer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, tree trimmers cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. They also prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, pruning hooks, and clippers.

Tree trimmers clean and lubricate tools and machinery. They also operate shredding and chipping machinery, and feed limbs and brush into the machines. Equally important, tree trimmers have to operate boom trucks and other machinery and tools. They are often called upon to cut away dead and excess branches from trees, or clear branches around power lines, using climbing machinery or buckets of extended truck booms, and/or chainsaws and clippers. They are expected to hoist tools and machinery to tree trimmers, and lower branches with ropes or block and tackle. Finally, tree trimmers climb trees, using climbing hooks and belts, or climb ladders to get access to work sites.

Every day, tree trimmers are expected to be able to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done. They need to respond quickly in general. It is also important that they maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements.

It is important for tree trimmers to furnish data to the public regarding trees. They are often called upon to prune and spray trees as directed by tree surgeons. They also clear away broken limbs from wires, using hooked extension poles. They are sometimes expected to transplant and clear away trees and shrubs, and ready trees for moving. Somewhat less frequently, tree trimmers are also expected to formulate and design budgets for tree work, and estimate the monetary value of trees.

They also have to be able to trim and reshape trees to attain attractive shapes or to clear away low-hanging branches And finally, they sometimes have to collect debris and refuse from tree trimming and removal operations into piles, using shovels, rakes or other tools.

Like many other jobs, tree trimmers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Jacksonville include:

  • Grounds Keeper. Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.
  • Integrated Pest Management Technician. Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation or chemical application on trees, shrubs, or botanical crops. Usually requires specific training and State or Federal certification.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Tree Trimmer Training

First Coast Technical College - Saint Augustine, FL

First Coast Technical College, 2980 Collins Ave, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-1919. First Coast Technical College is a small college located in Saint Augustine, Florida. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 657 students. First Coast Technical College has a less than one year program in Applied Horticulture/Horicultural Business Services, Other Specialties which graduated one student in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Arborist / Municipal Specialist: This credential was developed by the ISA and the Society of Municipal Arboriculture for those involved in managing the complex aspect of trees in an urban environment.

For more information, see the International Society of Arboriculture website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida photo by Digon3

Jacksonville is located in Duval County, Florida. It has a population of over 807,815, which has grown by 9.8% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Jacksonville, 84, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Jacksonville are valued at $173,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, 2,592 new homes were built in Jacksonville, down from 3,449 the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Jacksonville are health care, finance and insurance, and educational services. For men, it is construction, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 21.1% of Jacksonville residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.5%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Jacksonville is 10.9%, which is less than Florida's average of 11.3%.

The percentage of Jacksonville residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 44.2%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Church of God-West Jacksonville, Church of Good Shepherd and Church of Our Savior are among the churches located in Jacksonville. The largest religious groups are the Southern Baptist Convention, the Catholic Church and the United Methodist Church.

Jacksonville is home to the Pearl Plaza and the Lane Center as well as Memorial Park and James Park. Shopping centers in the area include 5 Points West Shopping Center, Lone Star Road Shopping Center and Normandy Mall. Visitors to Jacksonville can choose from Civista Inn, Best Western Baldwin Inn and City Center Motel for temporary stays in the area.