362212 Arborist

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Tree Surgeon

Maintains and cares for trees and shrubs by lopping limbs and shaping branches, treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides, removing dead or decaying trees, and advising on general tree care.
Skill Level: 3

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3622 Gardeners

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GARDENERS plant, cultivate, maintain, plan and construct parks, gardens and landscapes, and inspect, diagnose and treat trees and shrubs.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
In Australia:
AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Tasks Include:

preparing and maintaining seedbeds and growing sites
propagating and planting trees, bushes, hedges, flowers and bulbs
preparing lawn areas by spreading top soil and planting grass, and by laying instant turf
maintaining planted and grassed areas by weeding, trimming, fertilising, watering and mowing
pruning trees and hedges, and installing plant support and protection devices
preparing plans and drawings, selecting materials and plants, and scheduling landscape construction
setting out and installing hardscape and softscape structures
constructing gravel and paved areas, walls, fences, pergolas, ponds, barbecues and garden furniture
examining trees to assess their condition and determine treatment
lopping limbs off trees and shaping branches using chain and handsaws
spraying and dusting plants and trees to control insects and disease, and felling diseased trees

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