Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician

Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician

Think outside the office! With an Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Technician associate degree from Gateway, the great outdoors will be your workspace as you use your knowledge of natural resources and cutting-edge industry technology to care for trees in an urban environment. Become an arborist or urban forestry technician through hands-on, outdoor learning. Discover how to manage tree health, diversity and the sustainability of an urban tree population to better care for your local environment.

  • Gain specialized training through a natural resource education that covers all aspects of caring for trees, including climbing, safely using equipment and tree maintenance from planting to removal. 
  • Learn to manage natural resources, including forestry, fisheries, wildlife, waters and soils.
  • Acquire high-demand skills. Trees never stop growing. As many cities plan to plant more trees, careers for arborists are growing. Walk into a career with great wages and job stability!
  • Get certified as a Pesticide Applicator and learn to safely and legally apply chemicals to outside properties. A two-credit course prepares you to take the Wisconsin State Pesticide Applicator exam. Upon graduation and following 2 years of employment, you will also qualify to sit for the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Exam.
  • Begin a fulfilling career outdoors as an arborist and plant, maintain and care for trees, or as an urban forestry technician and advocate for forests by showcasing their value for urban areas.
Program Credits



Kenosha Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,891
Books & Supplies: $5,120

Start Dates


Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: City Arborist, Climbing Arborist, Plant Health Care Technician

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