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The NYC parks dept. position looks very good (benefits are very important over here, health care etc.). I ran tree crews in NYC, whilst working for a big arb company prior to launching TTWM (doing street trees, residential trees and trees in Central Park). If anyone is serious about making the jump over the pond, I'd be happy to offer advice. Just make sure you bring some Special Brew with you. And it's still true, America IS the land of oppurtunities. Can't comment on Alaska, apart from to say, I've heard there's a shortage of women, but loads of weed!!

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I worked up in Alaska for three seasons,the pay for climbers is absolute pants compared to what other skilled trades make.The work is twice as hard as Europe (long long days)and the groundies half as skilled.Most trades there make $25 to $45 bucks an hour,you'll be lucky to get $25.No benefits,no insurance except workmans comp.The state is stunning but you're better off in Europe saving your money for a holiday there.imo

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you're probably right Treebogan, but one thing to keep in mind is that the cost of living is dirt cheap in Alaska. $25 an hour is probably pretty comftorable for someone that lives there.

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Actually mate your wrong

 

Everything has to be barged/flown in from the lower 48.That adds freight charges that don't apply in the lower 48,remember there is less than a million people in all of Alaska consuming products that have to cross a vast country (Canada) before getting to Alaska.

On top of that,as its mostly guys up there,appartments are very expensive $650 pm plus

bills and up from there.

The company advertising is in Anchorage,and that because of the Oil money is one expensive town.

Don't get me wrong,Alaska is one great place,but the wages might sound good,good untill your there.

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I also heard some less than delightful tales of tree work in Alaska...They got maybe three trees. Birch.Pine.Birch...ummm birch....mmmmm

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