SLA08344 - Arboriculture Assistant

South Lanarkshire Council


£16.03 to £16.52 per hour Full Time Contact: Human Resources Reference: SLA08344

Job Description

A position has arisen in our arboricultural team for a forward looking, self-motivated and confident Arboricultural Assistant. Our teams aim is to manage, protect and enhance, a thriving benefit-generating canopy cover that is in tune with South Lanarkshire’s needs, its aspirations and keeps pace with the challenges of our times.

By exercising autonomy within certain boundaries, you will have the ability to undertake a range of non-routine and complex tasks with the responsibility for helping to plan work activities involving management and allocation of resources.

You will deal with all arboricultural related enquiries, inspect, specify and price work for internal clients and review planning enquiries for Tree Preservation Orders. You will be responsible for daily running and supervision of the arboricultural teams. You will ensure work is carried out in compliance with best practice, Council Policies and Health and safety Legislation and have the ability to provide operational guidance to the arboricultural team as and when required.


Please Apply online - All correspondence will be via your email address registered with myjobscotland.

Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.

Equal Opportunities and Armed Forces Community Covenant

South Lanarkshire Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages applications from all members of the community. As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum behaviour requirements for the position.

South Lanarkshire Council is committed to providing support to members of the armed forces, veterans and their families which is set out in the Armed Forces Community Covenant.  Veterans are guaranteed an interview who meet the minimum requirements for the position.


Desirable Candidate Must Have:

- Experience and training in the inspection, risk assessment and proactive management of trees  

- An awareness and experience in the application of BS 3998:2010, BS 5837:2012, NJUG and legislation relating to trees/woodlands

- Knowledge of, or experience in, the management of veteran trees. An understanding of nature conservation issues, and protected species legislation relating to Arboriculture and trees

- You will have good communication, people skills and must be able to deal with challenging situations using tact and diplomacy.

- A qualification in Arboriculture to at least Level 3/4 (National Qualification Framework) or above with extensive experience in surveying and assessment

- Professional Tree Inspection Certificate or the level of experience to pass this in the near future

- A full driving licence

The Individual

As an employee of South Lanarkshire Council you would also receive a wide range of benefits including:

  • Enrolment in award winning local government pension scheme
  • Up to 32 days annual leave
  • Public holiday entitlement (up to 10 days)
  • Occupational sick pay
  • Family friendly policies - flexible working and leave, maternity/paternity leave, enhanced leave.
  • Employee Discounts – including discounts at the cinema.
  • Range of benefits to support you (Cycle to Work Scheme, Physiotherapy, Employee Assistance Program which offers practical and emotional support)

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