Arboriculture Specialist

Job No: GP631
Location: Bannockburn, VIC


  • Full time fixed term role until 30 June 2022
  • Salary range starting at $84,891  plus superannuation 
  • Be part of an awesome team and culture

About the role

Exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic arboriculture professional to utilise their skills, knowledge and experience to advance the Golden Plains Shire approach to tree management and protection.

Key responsibilities include:-

  • Taking the lead in developing short to medium term work plans as well as long-term succession plans to ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable treescapes across the region.
  • Working in partnership with strategic asset managers and external consultants to develop a comprehensive, computerised inventory of all tree assets in the public realm across the shire.
  • Developing and implementing an appropriate arboriculture inspection regime to manage liability, safety and tree health across the shire.
  • Responding to tree maintenance requests raised by the community and internal stakeholders with a focus on negotiating mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Managing and coordinating external arboriculture contractors, including contract management activities such as resolving issues, monitoring performance and approving invoices.
  • Providing expert, technical arboricultural advice to operational work teams, senior leaders, community members and Councillors as and when required.
  • Supporting planning officers, engineers and project managers to develop effective tree retention and management plans for new residential developments and capital projects.
  • Providing high quality, concise reports suitable for a range of audiences.
  • Keeping up to date with industry trends to develop and implement innovative and contemporary approaches to arboriculture management.
  • Engaging with external agencies and a variety of special interest community groups to develop a collaborative approach to tree installation, establishment, management, succession and removal.
  • Develop and implement appropriate arboriculture management policies, procedures, strategies and plans in line with industry best practice, national standards and legislation.

About you

You will bring experience and proficiency in the application of the theories, principles, and practices of arboriculture science and the response of trees to environmental variables. 

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Minimum of a Diploma in Arboriculture (AQF 5) or equivalent
  • Substantial relevant experience in the assessment, management and maintenance of arboriculture assets
  • Ability to apply arboriculture risk assessment skills, procedures and controls to make decisions or recommendations regarding the planting, establishment, pruning or removal of arboriculture assets.
  • Ability to review information, undertake research and prepare reports on current and/or arising issues relating to arboriculture assets.
  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain an arboriculture asset management database.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of regulations, legislation and standards (i.e. AS4373-2007) relating to Occupational Health & Safety, Arboriculture and Electric Lines Clearance (Electrical Safety) Regulations.
  • Skills and knowledge relating to working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholder groups, community members and elected officials

About us

Golden Plains Shire Council is a regional municipality focused on working with the community to create sustainable growth, whilst maintaining a highly valued rural character.

Located just outside Geelong, and within an easy drive to both Ballarat and Melbourne, our location means you get the benefits of a country lifestyle whilst still enjoying all the things that the city has to offer.

At Golden Plains Shire Council, we promote diversity and want to develop a workplace that reflects the community in which we operate.  We a values driven organisation and you will work in a fantastic and collaborative team.  Our Vision and Values are listed below.

Vision & Values

We offer professional development and networking opportunities to staff as well as free onsite parking.  The work will be interesting and rewarding and you will enjoy:

  • working within a culture that promotes a healthy work life balance;
  • a friendly and supportive team where you will be recognised and rewarded;
  • a monthly RDO;
  • opportunities for professional development training and study assistance to enhance your career progression; and
  • a competitive remuneration.

Interested in Applying for this role?

Candidates must provide a response to the Key Selection Criteria listed below and include a cover letter and CV to complete your application. For more information, you can contact Richard Brown, Manager Community Places & Environment on5220 7133. A copy of the position description can be found here.

 Applications close 9.00 am Monday 12 April 2021.  

Golden Plains Shire Council is an Equal Opportunity and Child Safe Employer.  We believe that every individual has something valuable to offer. We are striving to build a workforce that reflects the community in which we operate and encourage applications from people of all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds. We recognise our proactive duty to ensure compliance with equal opportunity, child safe and other workplace-related legislation, and to eliminate all forms of discrimination.

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