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Colchester Borough Council

Tree Operative

Colchester Borough Council is committed to delivering high-quality and accessible services to residents, visitors and businesses. They are a local government authority providing a diverse range of public and commercial services across Colchester, the second largest district in Essex.

Colchester Borough Council is responsible for the management of 15,000 trees growing within their parks and open spaces, and 66ha of woodland distributed across their countryside sites. They also provide an inspection and maintenance service for Essex County Council involving trees on the public highway.

The Council are seeking a Tree Operative who can support the Tree Operative Team Leader to undertake arboricultural work on Council tree stock throughout the borough.

Duties of the role

As an essential member of the Neighbourhood Services ‘Greening’ Team, you will use and maintain chainsaws, chippers and arboricultural equipment to undertake tree work operations including dealing with emergency work, crown lifting low hanging branches, removing dead wood and dead trees, removal of epicormic growth, formative pruning of young trees, as well as assisting with woodland management tasks such as coppicing, hedge laying and tree planting.

Qualifications and skills required

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • A recognised Level 3 qualification or equivalent in Arboriculture such as BTEC or City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture.
  • Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (CS30.1 and CS30.2).
  • Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (CS31).

What we offer

The Council encourages all employees to maximise their potential. You will be entitled to join an attractive pension scheme and will receive a generous annual leave entitlement, including two extra company holidays during the Christmas period.

Other benefits include:

  • Flexible working
  • Gym, travel and online retail discounts
  • Excellent training, development and progression opportunities

For an informal discussion about this vacancy, please contact Paul Cook, Neighbourhood Tree Manager, on 07507 815 469 or email

To find out full details on this position visit: Tree Operative - Job Details

Closing Date: 05/06/2022  Location: Colchester

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