Affiliated Professional Industry Organizations
Becoming a member of ISA is a great way to tap in to the network of arboriculture professionals and industry news. ISA is connected to many other
organizations in the green industry that strive to make a difference in your community and provide like-minded individuals with resources and
ways to get involved. The organizations listed below help further ISA’s mission and offer many opportunities for participation and outreach.
ISA works closely with industry organizations that provide professional resources, green initiatives, educational
advancements, and international industry ties. Affiliated Professional Industry Organizations support
the tree care industry on many levels around the world.
Alliance for Community Trees
Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a green industry organization that supports grassroots, citizen-based nonprofit organizations dedicated
to urban and community tree planting, care, conservation, and education. ACTrees offers resources and tools to help nonprofit organizations provide
tree education, organize tree planting events, expand their reach, and build revenue.
Arbor Day Foundation
ISA and the Arbor Day Foundation are industry partners that work together to promote tree planting events and public understanding of the
benefits of trees. The Arbor Day Foundation administers a number of programs that promote tree planting, urban forest management, best practices
in utility arboriculture, tree recovery after natural disasters, and rain forest preservation. This organization also collaborates with Dimensions
Educational Research Foundation in the development of the children’s educational program, Nature Explore, which is designed to connect children with nature.
Careers in Arboriculture
Those looking to begin a career in the arboriculture industry might be wondering where to start. Those already working in the industry
might be asking, "Where do I go next, and what are my career options?" ISA has developed
a Career Paths in Arboriculture flowchart to
learn more about the types of positions available in the industry. Each position displayed in this flowchart links to a full job description
with accompanying information about job experience, academic experience, training required, and certifications likely needed. This resource provides
a look at the "big picture" of working in professional tree care.
ISA International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC)
Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing
techniques and innovations in equipment. ITCC showcases the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning
environment for those working in the industry. The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female
competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to maneuver safely and professionally
in a tree while performing work-related tree care tasks in a timely manner.
These competitions are a great way to introduce the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional
tree work. Visit the ITCC website to learn more and find upcoming events to attend.
ISA Regional Organizations
ISA is the premier tree care organization worldwide. As an international organization, the goal is to provide the best services
and programs at both the international and regional levels. Being a society that understands the needs of the industry on a global level
is highly important, but also offering a local connection allows ISA to provide additional benefits and networking opportunities. Consulting with someone who
understands the specific concerns of your region can be done by reaching out
to ISA Local Chapters and Associate Organizations. They
are excellent resources that help supplement ISA’s mission on the local level.
Professional Affiliates are member
organizations that offer networking opportunities geared toward specific areas of practice.
ISA and the TREE Fund are cooperative organizations that work hand-in-hand to advance arboriculture research, education, and technology. The
TREE Fund offers research and education grants that provide funding for research projects worldwide and arboriculture programs for students
from Kindergarten through college. A grant that specifically supports education about the emerald ash borer is also available. In addition, the TREE
Fund offers scholarships for high school and college students pursuing careers in the arboriculture industry.