Logo: Colchester Borough Council

Colchester Borough Council

Tree Operative Team Leader

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 Team Leader who can provide effective day to day programming of tree work and 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 organisee workloads, co-ordinate resources, and monitor performance on a daily basis, liaising with the Tree Manager, Tree Inspector, Countryside Rangers, Park Rangers and other members of the Greening Team.

You will also 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).
  • Practical experience within the Arboricultural industry.

You will also need to demonstrate experience of managing / coordinating a team and planning / organising arboricultural works.

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 Team Leader - Job Details

Closing Date: 05/06/2022  Location: Colchester

See everything from this employer

Get jobs like this by email every day or weekly

Built by Jack Barber in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Visit Herbal Apothecary for herbal practitioner supplies, Sweet Cecily's for natural skincare, BeeVital for propolis health supplements and Future Health Store for whole foods, health supplements, natural & ethical gifts.