I have an established tree service here in Mt. Shasta and I could really use a hard worker (or two). I am an ISA Certified Arborist with a couple of PDCs under my belt with lot's of knowledge (and work!) to share with the right person.
Ideally I would like to be able to teach my trade to someone who wanted to step into a working manager role. This would require that you can keep your head at height in the tree (100'++) while running a chainsaw and doing quick mental physics calculations to make sure the piece you're about to cut isn't going to overload any of your rigging.
If this sounds like something you might want to strive to do, or better yet already know how to do, then I could use you on my crew.
I am willing to train someone who shows the right combination of work ethic, drive and attitude. You'd start as a groundsman and work your way up as you gained skills.
In the course of an average work day as a groundsman you'll be expected to be able to do everything from drag brush, feed a large chipper, do basic maintenance (sharpen saws, grease equipment, etc.), manage ropes during heavy rigging operations and generally support whoever is working in the tree.
If you know how or can advance to climber you'll be expected to be able to do everything from fine detailed pruning of large specimen trees to spiking up and rigging down 150'+ conifers next to very expensive homes. There is a lot of high-risk hard physical work involved but there's also a lot of job satisfaction - How often do you have people bring out lawn chairs and cameras to watch you work your current day-job?
As well as tree care we're trying to diversify into a few areas but the main focus right now is a Permaculture design and installation branch of the company. We currently have a couple projects, the largest being a 150 acre horse rescue property.
This is not intended to be a short-term or intern type position, I would love to find someone who wanted to put down roots here in the Shasta area and help me develop a strong permaculture presence here.
So if all this sounds like it might be a good fit for you PM me and we can talk things over some more.
"Instead of Pay It Forward I prefer Plant It Forward" ~Howard Story / "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir