Not what I wanted to be posting this week, but here goes. I just finished up day three at a new job with a tree service owned by an ISA Certified Arborist. He's current; I checked. After day two, it was very clear to me that his certification does not extend to the crew in any way, which was disheartening. I doubt I will finish out a second week with this company. Over the course of three days I have been told by this old-school "foreman" that: "I'm the best at every part of this business found anywhere." "Climbing without a buckstrap is safer because it's faster." "Anything I show you is going to be the best way to do it." "I have better control over the saw if I drop start it with my hand on the trigger." "That's not a climbing saw...it's called a 'topping' saw." "Those certifications are stupid...why go to classes every year when nothing changes? Trees still grow the same..." "Trimming is a waste of company time...cut them all down." "No, we don't have chaps." "Why is your helmet on? You're not up in a tree..." And then my two personal favorites: Today, we were kicked off a jobsite because Tim the Toolbag [we'll call him] was driving his skid steer around in a wooded area behind a new-construction development that we were supposed to be dropping the dead ash trees into to prevent them falling outward onto houses. Turns out it's a protected wetland, the developers were nearly fined several thousands, we nearly lost our contract, and he had known about it before we started. Didn't care, and the company owner/Cert. Arborist didn't seem to care much either. Lastly: "No. Don't start your notch with the top cut...you can't go far enough into the tree that way. See, if you start with the bottom cut, you can make a bigger notch." "...but now your cuts aren't lined up." "That's how you make a hinge. See that hinge I made?" "Nope." Yes, the idiot took my saw out of my hands, without chaps, without a helmet, and cut beneath my half-finished notch, and made this. I took the photo right in front of him. I dropped 20-24 trees today, all notches clean and lined up, and was told that this way was far better. They don't own a portawrap. Groundie doesn't know what one is. Topping is fine if it's what the customer wants. My mind is blown. Do some research beyond ISA certifications when you're looking for a job. This is a terrible work environment. Now I'm a little stuck until I can find someone else nearby that's hiring, and I may not survive the week. Sorry for the rant.