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Climber/ Groundsman Arborist

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 15/07/2018 23:59
£18,870 to £20,541
Hours per week:
37 hours
Job Category:
Grounds & Highway Maintenance
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Engine Common Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7PN
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
15 Jul

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Climber/ Groundsman Arborist

Summary of Post

South Gloucestershire Councils, StreetCare Team are looking for qualified climbers who would like to train and progress in the public and commercial sector.

We offer our staff all the benefits associated with working for the public sector including training to ensure all staff develop to both their own and the authority’s high standards.

The role is part of the Design & Operations StreetCare unit and undertakes work within a specified front line team, delivering Arboricultural services.

As part of a vital front line team you will be led by the senior arborist and required to undertake specialised tree work relating to the maintenance and management of trees throughout the authority area.

We are ideally looking for experienced people and require minimum qualifications of NPTC CS30, CS31, CS38, CS39 plus a full UK driving license.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

The work as part of a dedicated tree team working to a high standard to deliver a works program for tree works.

To undertake a full range of tree work using appropriate machinery to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of operational services in line with the aspirations of the StreetCare Service. This will include the planting and maintaining of trees, undertaking a full range of tree works activities from pruning, felling, shaping etc. using full safety this will include working at height using platform lifts, climbing equipment and ladders.

To maintain tools and equipment in good working order keeping them in a clean condition and report any defects to the team leader.

To assist in traffic management as and when needed.

Ability to undertake tree work outside normal working hours as and when required.

Able to drive vehicles up to 3500kg and competent to tow wood chippers and trailers.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Undertake general horticultural and maintenance works as required due to seasonal workloads.

Maintain compliance of the service with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

Participate in the Councils emergency call out procedures as necessary.

To maintain knowledge of arboricultural practices, legislation, relevant legislation and codes of practice, and industry guidance.

The job requires a flexible approach to working hours and requires overtime and some weekend working.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Please confirm the following NPTC units qualified/ hold: Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting - 0020-03 (CS30.1,2) (E)

Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm - 0020-04 (CS31) (E)

Aerial Tree Rescue Operations - 0020-07, 0021-06 (CS38.1,2) (E)

Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques - 0021-08 (CS39) (E)

Current first aid certification (E)

Full valid driving licence to category B + E (E)

Proven experience in the arboricultural industry (E)

Basic numeracy and literacy skills (E)

Verbal communication skills (E)

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours. (E)


Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees using a Chainsaw - 0021-02 (CS34/35) (D)

Safe Use of a Powered Pole Pruner - 0020-10 (CS48) (D)

Supporting Colleagues Undertaking off Ground Tree operations - 0021-11 (CS45) (D)

Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm - 0020-11 (CS32) (D)

Award in Aerial Tree Pruning - 0021-08 (CS40) (D)

Award in Aerial Tree Rigging - 0021-09 (CS41) (D)

Emergency Tree work Operations - 0021-05 (CS50) (D)

Forestry specific first aid (D)

C1 + E entitlement on driving licence (D)

Good knowledge of trees and the principles of good tree husbandry. (D)

Able to demonstrate knowledge and abilities in machinery care and maintenance (D)

Knowledge in the principles of good customer care (D)

Awareness of the principles of the Streetworks act (D)

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary please contact Gary Meddick, Assistant Operations Manager on 01454 863696 or email gary.meddick@southglos.gov.uk.

Practical Skills:
Effective communication skills both verbal and written.
Ability to relate to customers effectively.
Ability to cope with a heavy workload

Personal Attributes:
Ability to carry out physical tasks including lifting and tree climbing.
Have a flexible approach to working hours (i.e. weekends).
Have the ability to work with minimal supervision.
Able to wear all protective clothing and equipment provided for each task.
Have a willingness to undertake relevant training for the post.

Working Environment
Working outside in all weathers
Working on or near grassed verges, highways, footpaths, cycle ways, commercial
buildings, woodlands, cemeteries and other public spaces.
Working near to traffic and pedestrians
Working with and near to powered hand tools, trucks, agricultural tractors etc.
Contact with petrol, diesel oils, lubricating oils, pesticides/herbicides, vehicle fumes,
plant materials and any other substance found in arboreal /horticultural maintenance.

Working Hours
37 Hours per week –
Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 16:30
Friday 08:00 to 13:00

Salary: £18,870 to £20,541

Hours: 37

Closing Date: 15 July 2018

Vacancy Ref: SGC0708/825/SS

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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