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Environment & Climate Change
Environmental Strategy & Climate Change
Lockwood Cemetery, Meltham Road, Lockwood, Huddersfield, HD4 7BQ
Grade 7
£25,409 - £26,845.
Contractual Standby

At Kirklees we want to be innovative and creative in the way we work to deliver our services to our communities and we are always looking for better and smarter ways to work. The Parks and Greenspace Operational Delivery team work together to manage and maintain the councils parks, greenspaces, play areas and trees.

The primary role of the Arborist is to undertake works on behalf of the council working within the Forestry section who are responsible for the management of trees including street trees, Council house gardens, schools, parks and woodlands. You will be required to work at all times in a professional and safe manner and to ensure that all works are undertaken without risk to the public.

As an Arborist, your main duties will include:

  • The undertaking of tree surgery work, including planting, felling, sectional dismantling, pruning, crown lifting and thinning, reductions using appropriate climbing techniques by means of ropes and harnesses and associated equipment where necessary.
  • The safe use and maintenance of appropriate machinery, tools and equipment.
  • The operation of Forestry vehicles, plant and associated equipment including various wood chippers and stump grinding machinery and to include maintenance as appropriate.
  • The completion of documentation required to enable the administration of the department to function in respect of providing an audit trail for all works undertaken and to ensure the monitoring of the correct use of resources.
  • Co-operation with the management of the service as far as is necessary to enable the responsibilities placed upon the service under the Health and Safety at Work Act to be performed.
  • The undertaking of training to attain appropriate certificates relative to the post and ensure that all such certificates are up-to-date and valid for the operations being carried out.
  • Contribute to the improvement of services provided through review of working practices and procedures and effective work/scheme management.

Given the nature of the role you must be able to work at height and you must be prepared to work in all weather conditions, including adverse weather, as required, during call-outs. You will be required to undertake the standard medical screening and any other medical screening as decided by the Occupational Health Physician.

As part of your work pattern, you will be expected to undertake standby duties working evenings and weekends on a rota basis that is paid extra to the basic salary.

All PPE and climbing equipment will be provided.

If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please contact Woodland Development Manager, Joe Robertson. Email:  Tel: 01484 221000

What can we offer?

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Ongoing training and career development
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • We offer a wide range of well-being initiatives including a cycle to work scheme and discounted KAL membership

We will shortlist and interview for the role regularly and may close this advert early if the positions are filled. Apply now if you are interested.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and we encourage applications from people with all differing abilities. So, if you need any support completing an application form, or any other format for the application or Job Description please contact the Recruitment Team for help by email: or phone: 01484 221000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

26 February 2023, 11:55 PM

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