Urban Forestry TechnicianAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
Living in an urban environment has typically meant living a life disconnected from nature, but urban forestry technicians are working to change that by creating a new kind of forest, one that thrives within the city to help balance the fast-paced urban environment.
A Closer Look
Urban forestry involves the management and care of forests within urban areas to improve the overall quality of life for urban residents. Urban forestry technicians understand the inherent value of trees and may act as advocates for forests in urban environments, demonstrating their aesthetic and economic value.
Their work may entail trimming trees, planting new trees, managing storm water runoff, and collecting data to better understand urban forest environments.
What You'll Learn
Mid-State’s Urban Forestry Technician graduates enter the workforce with real-world knowledge and skills. Our students learn the fundamentals of pruning, plant health care, tree planting and maintenance, plant identification, tree risk assessment, and landscape installation and management.
Our unique aerial component gives our graduates experience working safely high up in the trees. You’ll learn rope and saddle climbing, work with aerial lifts, and operate brush clippers and other industry equipment.
- Arborist (Commercial, Municipal, Golf Course, Utility)
- Horticulture Technician
- Landscape Maintenance Technician
- Landscaping Design and Installation
- Nursery Technician
- Park Maintenance Technician
- Vegetation Mapping
The instructors in the Urban Forestry Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!
DR. DEBRA CRUNKILTON
Dr. Crunkilton has a PhD from the University of Missouri and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Dr. Crunkilton has worked for the US Forest Service and the US Soil Conservation Service and conducted research on oak at the University of Missouri, Columbia. To keep her skills current, she works with private companies and attends tree industry meetings.
"I love teaching and especially learning from my students. Mid-State allows us time for exciting hands-on learning.”
Joe Hoffman brings over 15 years of arboriculture experience to the classroom. His courses combine hands-on practice with demonstration and instruction. Joe has a master of forestry degree from Virginia Tech. He keeps his skills current by working in the industry during the summer and attending conferences.
“I’m deeply rewarded when students fully grasp that this education is theirs…when they take ownership and pursue their passions with all their might.”