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Job Title Craftsman Arborist
Job reference PEG119
Department Place Directorate
Grade SCP 12-17
Pay From: £24,496 To: £26,845 per annum
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 06 June 2023
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Job Description
We Are St Helens Borough Council

Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.

Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.

Making A Difference as A Craftsman Arborist in the Place Directorate.

You are invited to join a strong established team to carry out a comprehensive range of arboriculture operations to maintain the Council’s tree and woodland assets, to include tree inspections and tree safety risk assessments, deploying equipment and undertaking works in accordance with British Standard 3998-2010 for Tree Works.

You will be required to carry out all aspects of skilled, practical and technical arboriculture and horticulture work within Parks, Schools, Highways, private land and open spaces. You will carry out a wide range of Arboricultural tasks including, felling, pruning, stump removal using specialist equipment in a professional and safe manner, following all relevant health safety procedures to ensure the safety of the public and other colleagues.

We are looking for someone who:

•Has a personal interest in tree, woodland and land management and be able to demonstrate a commitment to delivering high quality customer focused services and product, to an agreed standard throughout the borough.

•Is an effective communicator, confident to engage with the rest of the arborist team, the public, Council staff, contractors and partners and support the management team as necessary.

•Has an awareness of the environmental and community benefits and challenges tree and woodland assets present in a range of settings is essential.

•The role is physically demanding and will involve working at height from a rope and harness. You will have demonstrable experience and expertise in all aspects of arboriculture practice including climbing operation of a chainsaw from rope and harness along with MEWP operations.

•Be able to display excellent leadership, organisation, communication (written and verbal) and customer care skills.
•Has Knowledge of Health and Safety including, HASAW, Chapter 8, COSHH, LOLER, and PUWER regulations. •Must be RFS Arboriculture qualified or be willing to complete the qualification within a reasonable timeframe, usually 2 years.

•Applicants must hold a valid full driving licence and a willingness to work towards a HGV driving licence, or C1 plus E (training will be provided).

The post requires a flexible approach to meet service demands, including participation in the Councils out of hours emergency call out response rota, which includes evening or weekend working for which additional payments apply.

We can offer you:

An attractive salary

A comprehensive range of employment benefits, including access to the local government pension scheme and sick pay scheme. 25 Days annual leave (rising to 28 days after 5 years’ service) plus bank holidays, During the summer period, the successful candidate will work 42 hours per week, which 37 hours paid and 5 hrs which is repaid as credit leave which is then taken from October to March.

A dedicated and supportive working culture.

A positive and open working environment.

Access to training & development, to support our own top level arborist plant and equipment, including cherry picker equipment.

Car Parking Facilities.

Interested to Find Out More?

You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.

You are also welcome to contact Wayne Bloor for a chat before applying by emailing

Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.

Equality & Diversity

St Helens Borough Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Borough Council can be found here

St Helens Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.

All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.
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Job Description- Craftsman Arborist.pdf
Applicant letter.pdf
Person Specification- Craftsman Arborist.pdf
Application Form - Non Disclosure.pdf
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