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125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130


Ben Kirby

Working in the arboriculture field since 2001, I was thrilled to join the Arnold Arboretum team in February 2017. I appreciate the continuous opportunities for learning at the Arboretum, from working closely with arborists John and Bob to attending conferences and trainings. I enjoy taking care of trees through fine detailed pruning and finding safe and efficient ways to work in their canopies. I appreciate how arboriculture provides an opportunity for a unique experience and strategy of care for each individual tree.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2008 and became a Massachusetts Certified Arborist in 2014. I spent 17 years working in the private sector, providing tree care around Greater Boston. My extensive experience prepared me for this position at the Arboretum. I have visited the Arboretum many times over the years with my family, exploring the grounds and appreciating the high level of care provided to the plants throughout the landscape.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and sons. We enjoy traveling and hiking.


BA, American Studies
University of Massachusetts