Senior Arborist

Job No: PEAK454
Location: Queensland

  • No Climbing Required!
  • Unique opportunity for Arborist in North QLD
  • Up to $83K + 13.5% Super + RDO + generous Relocation Assistance

About Townsville

Providing a laid back tropical lifestyle that is complemented by capital city comforts, no other Australian city boasts the resilience, diversity, lifestyle and economic potential that the Townsville North Queensland Region enjoys.

Known as the Second Capital of Queensland and with a population of approximately 193,601 people, Townsville offers a dynamic lifestyle coupled with strong economic prosperity. Townsville is a thriving precinct with access to a variety of world class education facilities, leading edge health care, affordable housing, unique retailing, spectacular events and entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, Townsville’s lifestyle is second to none.

About Council

Townsville City Council is the largest regional council in Queensland. Council strives to facilitate sustainable economic development for the region, enhance quality of life for their residents, and identify and unlock the potential of the City through inspired leadership, co-design of services with the community, and sustainable and innovative business partnering.

Townsville City Council recognises the condition and quality of public spaces is a highly valued liveability attribute for the Townville community. It includes open spaces like parks as well as assets such as streets, street trees, landscaping, and public footpaths. This typically ‘green infrastructure’ is of critical value to a city’s well-functioning infrastructure network. Trees in the urban landscape have innumerable benefits including public health, reducing heat, combating climate change, stormwater management, biodiversity and supporting enjoyable, safe, and healthy communities. Good quality public spaces not only reflect a well-functioning city, but a well-cared for city that is loved by its residents.

Council’s goal is to prioritise the delivery of quality public spaces and continuously improve the condition of public spaces, with a focus on providing for and valuing the city’s green infrastructure. Underpinning this was the recent adoption of a Public Tree Management Policy to guide and inform the process around managing trees that form the public tree network.

About the Position

Reporting to the Team Manager Open Spaces, you will provide strategic guidance and technical advice on tree management and assessment processes including risk assessment, tree identification, pest and disease identification and planting. This will be achieved through the appropriate design and implementation of proactive, reactive, and emergency tree risk assessment programs. The role will ensure risk exposure is minimised through implementing good practice tree management practices across the region, including following up and monitoring of trees with pest, disease or other health and structure concerns.

You will be able to make the role your own and actively take the reins of something that will continue to underpin the way Council strives to manage it’s 200,000 trees and the required maintenance work, with a number of these recognized as ‘significant’. Some of the appeal of the role is being exposed to some unique situations eg saving important trees in the Botanical Gardens, continuity of work and for the role you can play in influencing future planning.  Whilst there is no physical component to the role you will have oversight of this area and supervise some of the work going on and pass on your knowledge to trainees.

A Copy of the Candidate Briefing Document can be accessed HERE

About You

Bringing fresh energy and eyes to the role you will maintain momentum moving forward and work with the Future Cities and other teams around their place making ideas and the reality of what is achievable through consultation, negotiation, and explanation.

Council is open to candidates either working in LG as an Arborist or alternatively someone working as a Contractor who is keen to focus on the technical aspects of arboriculture without having the physical aspects often associated. You will be a manager that is keen to get out in the business and have a presence and visibility with your team and ensure there are regular meetings and feedback provided in one-on-one sessions. Being empathic around the passion of the community and being comfortable interacting with them and responding to requests will be an essential component of the position.

Renowned as a strong leader, you may be currently working at this level or keen to ‘step up’ and leverage your career in Arboriculture.

There is a big appetite to save trees in Council and therefore high on the Council’s agenda. You will be qualified to conduct the higher-level tree inspections with your two staff managing the lower-level inspections. This is an opportunity to mitigate risk as it is a high-risk area and will enable the section to be more proactive vs reactive. 

Why this Role?

As the largest irrigation service provider in the Southern Hemisphere and with 400 Parks and 182 open spaces, joining Townsville City Council represents an opportunity to be a part of the team making Townsville a great PLACE ensuring meaningful public open spaces and street scapes are created and enhanced.

For someone who is keen for a new challenge and perhaps a lifestyle change to tropical North Queensland this is a genuine opportunity to leverage and broaden your experience leading a team to enhance Tree management with the largest regional Council in QLD.

You will be encouraged to have a growth mindset and will be given the space to develop personally and professionally, building a flexible career that works for you. Understandably, the position has significant community impact, and your empathy and passion will be evident in this customer facing role. 

A salary of up to $83K + 13.5% Super + fortnightly RDO and relocation assistance will be discussed with the successful candidate. Future Learning and Development opportunities are also supported.

PEAK Services is working in conjunction with Townsville City Council, exclusively on this position. We offer local government expertise across a wide range of professional fields, providing tailored solutions for councils and other similar organisations. We work with our clients to deliver meaningful outcomes in recruitment and contracting services. 

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the details above carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

Applications close at 10pm on Monday 23rd May 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have commenced your application you cannot save and continue at a later stage. 

For a confidential conversation, please call Rona Horsfall - Principal Consultant at Peak Recruitment Services on 0438 943854.


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