Arb Career in NZ

Arborists are professional men and women who undertake the practice, planning and care of trees.  Daily activities include tree maintenance, tree removal, planning and reporting, transplanting and planting, storm damage, pest and disease identification and management, and hazard and risk management.  Arboriculture is a outdoor career that is challenging, rewarding and fun, working with great people in a innovative industry. 


Job Requirements for an Arborist

The industry needs qualified arborists.  However to start with, dependent of previous experience, most will start as a groundsman and work towards practicing arborists over time.  During this time many undertake training and course work to gain qualifications.  Other qualifications are advantageous such heavy vehicle, tracked machines and grow safe to name a few. 

The first qualification required is a Level 2 introductory course (a six-week foundation course), however it is popular to start with the Level 3 National Certificate before completing more advanced qualifications (Levels 4 to 6).

The Level 4 Advanced National Certificate is generally the minimum qualification preferred by most professional arboricultural firms.

The find out more about NZ Training Organisations, please visit NZ Courses.



Useful experience for arborists includes:

  • horticulture, forestry or gardening experience
  • climbing and rope use experience
  • working at heights experience
For more information, visit the CareersNZ web site.


Job Prospects

Job opportunities for arborists in New Zealand are good due to a shortage of people in the role.

Although there has been growth in Arborist employment, demand still outstrips supply. As a result, arborists appears on Immigration New Zealand’s immediate skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled arborists from overseas to work in New Zealand.

For more information, visit the CareersNZ web site.
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