Chelsea has been in arboriculture for 6 years after graduating from Otago Polytechnic. Before starting a career in arboriculture Chelsea studied at Auckland University to become an early childhood educator and worked in education for 6 years. She feels that both industries are about sharing passion and knowledge with others.
She has an interest in why and who is drawn to the Arboricultural industry and how we are able to retain people and knowledge. She currently calls West Auckland home but lived in Dunedin and Christchurch. In Dunedin, she was a factory hand and a tour guide at Cadbury world while studying Horticulture and Arboriculture.
From a young age Chelsea has been involved with trees and nature, getting stuck in with planting days with the Kiwi Kids Conservation Club (KKC) and recently took part in an online ask an arborist Q & A session with KKC and she said it feels full circle to be able to pass her passion onto the next generation.
Disability & Accessibility in New Zealand Arboriculture
Mon 9 Nov, 15:00 - 15:30
Chelsea hopes to continue the discussion about how we are able to draw and retain people of different abilities and skills by widening our view on what it means to be an arborist. She was originally fascinated with the high number of students with dyslexia and ADD in her class and what drew then to arboriculture.
After finishing study and starting work full time she continued to see high numbers of people on the spectrum and has been interested in how people and companies have adapted to these learning disabilities. Now Chelsea aims to broaden the range of people interested in arboriculture as a career and how we can retain the knowledge we have for the future.