What do people do in the â€œreal worldâ€ that visit this message board? Electrojake- you got me wondering about those of you that post here. What is your profession- your 9-5 job? I can only image the wide field of variety in chosen occupations in those who post here. What do you folks do for a living? Inquiring readers want to know. Please also tell us what new direction you are moving towards as far as interests and profession is concerned. I will start with myself.
Current occupation: certified arborist (tree care operations and consulting) and tree climbing instructor.
New directions: Publishing. This includes videos (DVDâ€™s actually), books, photography, and audio productions.
Treeman, funny you should mention â€œmeâ€ & job descriptions. . .
Iâ€™m always blabbing about my high-voltage adventures.
But, you do ask a good question! I too often wonder what sort of interesting talent is out there amongst the TCI forum members.
Perhaps hearing about jobs we may have done in the past.
Or, as I like to put it, â€œGot bio.?â€
I only WISH I climbed for a living. I will someday. I work in the Telecommunications field in a test center. I am also a drummer and a martial artist, ( just a few months til black Belt.. woo hoo! ). I used to be a volunteer EMT and always dreamed of doing high angle rescue and such. Tree climbing sounds like the ultimate hobby adventure! Let me at it!
I have been in the Environmental Protection Field for my entire working professional life about 23 years so far dealing with Water and Wastewater treatment, Solid and Industrial Waste, Water Rights and Air permits. I work for the Environmental Agency of the State (TCEQ) working with public concerns and participation in permitting issues. Have a B.S. Degree in Agriculture and a Masters of Science in Plant Sciences and Soils.
Climb trees for fun and volunteer in BSA local scout troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
My "day job" for the last 8 years is being a biology professor at Bemidji State University, a mid-sized (4-5 K students) state school in northern Minnesota. I teach freshman Biology, and a range of courses in ecology and botany. When I get time, I do research in plant ecology, with a particular interest in forest stand dynamics. Grew up in Stamford Connecticut, went to college (BS and MS in Botany) at U of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden, post doc work in Texas and Tennessee. I started climbing for research, now it's just as often for fun.
I am a minister and spiritual coach; father of 5 children who now claim to be adults; experiencing the joys of a first grandchild who is 9 months old, and hoping to build an office in a treehouse in the mountains one day. Instead of treeclimbing for a living, why not live in a tree and take others climbing for fun!
I have done everythig form golf course maintenance, bike courier, bike mech, auto mechanic, driver, truck courier, hospital ERT member in a lockdown psych/prison unit, volunteer SAR, volunteer forest fire watch, demolition crew leader, store detective, recently became a groundsman, trianing to be a tree climber professionally.
I haven't actually posted yet (I just registered yesterday), but I have read a lot of the old posts.
I have been a cook for about nine years to earn my rent money, and let me tell you--rent money is about all I made.
I am now a student at Humboldt state University earning my BS in biology and botany. I love forest canopy ecology, but I am also excited by the growing number of people who are taking an interest to the treetops through rec-climbing. But who knows where my schooling (both at the University and through Tree Climbing Northwest) will take me?
I get to follow the BeechBum. I work for pilots and the flying public as an air traffic controller. I'm certified in both the tower and on radar. I've worked for the FAA for 15 years-in 5 facilites.
New directions for me include renewing my electrician trade. Which I learned before ATC. I'd like to learn solar electric.
I don't see tree climbing as being my work. Though, I am hooked on it as a very important part of my life.
Been gone for a while but been checking in when I have the free time.
Been at Vermeer Mfg. for 11 years as an assembler,assembly tech and now part of the Quality Control Team (2yrs.) in the Environmental Division on the big Tub and Horizontal Grinders and other tree service machines.
It's nice to find a climbing forum with less emphasis on commercial arboriculture, nothing against it. I just got out of it in April. I'm a past TCI member, but I can't recall this site having the message board back then.
I'm a USDA Treeclimber. I inspect trees for Asian Longhorned Beetles. I basically get to climb trees and look at them, some office work too.