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Matthew Barker puts his expertise and passion into practice in his position as an arborist for the city of Alexandria, Virginia. His days include examining trees and assessing their health and well being, as well as planning strategic tree plantings in an urban foreign to maximize the human health and wellness benefits of each tree planted in Alexandria. Prior to his current position, Matthew worked in the tree care division of the Architect of the Capitol, overseeing thousands of trees in the greater Capitol Hill area including nationally recognized memorial trees and experimental specimens. On this jam-packed, highly caffeinated, Espresso Shots episode, Matthew shares advice for those starting out in the tree care industry, and insights for those who want to climb to the top. And if that’s not enough, you might just learn a fun fact or two about trees along the way!


  • How to succeed in entry level jobs in the arboriculture industry
  • Whether your major in college matters
  • What the International Society of Arboriculture or ISA is and why it’s important
  • Which graduate degrees can help you progress to the jobs in arboriculture that most interest you
  • What life experiences can help you thrive in entry level positions in the tree care industry
  • What will be one of the most rewarding aspects of a building a career in arboriculture

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