WHAT IS HORTICULTURE?
Horticulture is unique among plant sciences as it not only involves science and technology, but also principles of design and art. The horticulture industry is divided into many different areas and fields of specialisation including:
Parks and Reserves Maintenance
Ensuring these open spaces are well maintained and looked after.
Includes design, management and maintenance of landscapes for homes, businesses and public areas.
Re-vegetation, redevelopment and restoration. Design and planting of urban street gardens.
Specialist Turf Management
Includes the management and maintenance of sportsfields and golf courses.
Career opportunities in horticulture:
- Turf Specialists
- Contract Manager
- Mowing Operators
WHAT IS ABORICULTURE?
Arboriculture is the science of cultivating trees from the seed to the grave.
Arborists are the professionals who practice arboriculture; combining physical skills and technical knowledge to carefully select, plant and nurture trees.
Unlike in a forest, trees need help to survive our harsh urban conditions where air pollution and other environmental hazards take their toll. Without expert care, trees can quickly deteriorate. Skilled arborists are needed to preserve these valuable environmental assets.
Trees enrich our cities, suburbs and parks and help to clean the air we breathe.
Career opportunities in aboriculture:
- Basic Climber
- Utility Worker
- Advanced Climber
- Contract Climber
- Industry Trainer
- Establish Own Business
Other related careers (minimum Diploma Level in Arboriculture required):
Consultant Working for Local Councils
- Resource consents (Regulatory issues)
- Parks and Streetscapes (Design and manage urban tree assets)
- Tree Reports
- Planting Plans
- Acting as an expert witness in court cases