Job-hunting tips from Mark Chisholm


There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the tree care industry. But how do you get started? Let’s dig in a little bit more on some of the ways you can land a great job in the tree care industry.

Where to Look

Laptop with Google searchMy company, Aspen Tree Expert Company, has had luck using online resources to seek new talent. Sites include:

Additionally, a simple Google search for arborist jobs could take you on a path to your future

Competitor at Student Career DaysConsider an Internship

When looking to break into the industry, also consider an internship. Just this past season, we had one of the very best job candidates come to us for an internship through his high school arboriculture program. The benefit of an internship is that you and your company can establish clear expectations of the risks and goals. And of course, you have the opportunity to learn best practices and strong work habits.

Work Hard

For a tree care business to grow, the important roles on the crew must be filled judiciously. This demands unique abilities, diverse skills sets, and the willingness to work hard. Employers know that candidates who are excited about the industry are more likely to stick around, and thus are highly attractive to bring on as an employee.

I look forward to sharing more tips on working in the industry, and climbing, at Student Career Days, November 8-10, 2018, in Charlotte, NC.

Mark Chisholm is a third generation, ISA certified arborist who works with his father Steve, mother Laura, and brother Steve for the family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company, which just celebrated 40 years in business since 2016.

Chisholm has won the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship for 21 years and is a past president of the chapter. He has conquered the wider tree-climbing world on three occasions, winning the ITCC most recently in 2010. The ITCC in Tampa, FL 2015 marked the 20th time Mark has placed in the top 5 overall!

Mark has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and on CNN. He has also appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home on PBS and the syndicated show, P. Allen Smith Gardens. The shows featured Chisholm pruning centuries-old post oaks at the Garden Home Retreat in Arkansas of Today Show garden expert, P. Allen Smith. He has also appeared on DIY Network’s Deconstruction and King of Dirt. Mark also escorted host Eric Young of the Science Channel’s Mind Over Muscle on a unique Redwood climb in California that was featured on the show. He was also seen on The Weather Channel’s Wake Up With Al. Mark is a spokesperson for STIHL Inc., Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corporation and Kask Helmets.

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