K.C. Arborist Profile

K.C. Arborist Professional Tree Care & Management

kc arborist profilesWe believe that the maintenance and management of trees on your property should only be done by a professional tree care company. The term professional implies that the tree company is licensed to operate in the State, employs arborists that are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and they operate within the ANSI Standards for tree care operations.

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Our Credentials

  • Best business practices
  • Formal training & certification of employees
  • Industry, state & federal standards compliance
  • Consumer satisfaction through resolution
  • Better than adequate insurance coverage

Our Affiliations

To maintain an industry leadership position, K.C. Arborist enjoys professional relationships with many tree and landscape organizations. Our affiliations and participation with the organizations listed below enables our company to share in industry best practices and bring the latest advances in arboriculture technology to our customers in the field.

Our Certification

K.C. Arborist’s entire staff of Account Managers and Crew Leaders are trained and certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). You can rest assured that when you receive a written quotation or tree evaluation from a K.C. Arborist account manager it is being done by a specialist in their field. In addition, our crew leaders go through both in house training and the Kansas Arborists Association training course. This assures our crews are performing up to our strict standards of safety and professionalism.

Our Team

Jeff Sifrit – Owner

Jeff joined K.C. Arborist in 2009 as the General Manager and a consulting arborist and became the Owner in 2024! With over 30 years of experience in the green industry, Jeff specializes  in consulting with both residential and commercial clients and identifying their individual tree care needs. He is an ISA Certified Arborist (MW-4842A) and was among the first Certified Tree Care Safety Professionals (#415) in the state of Kansas in 2009. Jeff enjoys his time away from the business, landscaping at his home, and spending time with his wife and six children. Jeff is also a die-hard NASCAR fan and enjoys attending the annual races in Kansas City.




Jody Niccum – General Manager, Consulting Arborist

Jody started with K.C. Arborist in 2013 with no previous experience in the tree industry.  But his unique combination of studying business at Baker University and University of Arkansas, along with his passion and interest in Arboriculture, has landed Jody at the perfect place; right here with us!  He is an ISA Certified Arborist (MW-5777A), Kansas Certified Arborist, and Kansas Certified Pesticide Applicator (25017).  In addition to consulting with both residential and commercial clients and identifying their individual tree care needs, Jody also manages our Tree Health Care Department.  Outside of work, Jody enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and his hobbies, which include hunting, fishing and golf.



Edward Lewis – Consulting Arborist

Edward has been in the tree care industry since 2010. He spent seven years as a climber and crew foreman before moving into the tree healthcare department, and now is a Consulting Arborist. He is an ISA Certified Arborist (MW-5798A), Kansas Certified Arborist and Kansas Certified Pesticide Applicator (#26422). Outside of work, Edward enjoys traveling and spending time with his daughter and fiancé.





Marianne Guatney – Office Manager

When you call the office at K.C. Arborist, Marianne’s voice is who you will most likely be greeted by!  She is the Office Manager and has been with the company since 2013.  Marianne enjoys the daily interactions with our clients and learning about Arboriculture along the way.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, trips to the lake and cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.





One of the most dangerous professions in the United States is tree care. Statistics have shown that working in the tree care industry is actually more dangerous than working for a fire or police department. This is especially true if the tree work is performed by untrained or amateur personnel. Homeowners are injured and even killed every year while attempting their own tree work. Any work that involves climbing of any kind should be completely avoided. Homeowners should never perform tree work from a ladder or attempt to cut down/remove his or her own trees. It is important to always contact a knowledgeable and insured tree care professional to handle all tree care issues. This is to ensure not only the safety of the homeowner, but for the surrounding personal property and landscaping, as well as properly caring for the tree. K.C. Arborist is fully insured to cover worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability.

K.C. Arborist is fully insured to cover worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents.

To request a proof of Insurance, call: Higginbotham Insurance, 417-334-2000.

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Best Practices

K.C. Arborist Best Practices were created by company staff members in order to form a consensus and a standard of how K.C. Arborist operates. They are the guiding principles of the actions and culture of the company. Read More

Safety Is Key

According to recent research done by the University of South Dakota, tree care workers have the highest accident rate of any city worker. Tree care is a dangerous profession, in fact the most dangerous act you can perform on a job is to remove a tree. There are numerous variables that come into consideration when dealing with tree removals and pruning. Unfortunately without proper training these operations can quickly turn deadly.

This sobering information is one reason why K.C. Arborist is always building upon our focus on safety. Each week our employees participate in tailgate safety meetings. This training focuses on safe work practices, equipment use as well as updates on the most current safe climbing practices. Additionally, our employees are provided with necessary safety equipment for their protection while performing work on our client’s property.

We are committed to following the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) procedures for “Tree Care Operations” (ANSI Z133) and our company training program emphasizes safe practices throughout our operations.