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Bath & North East Somerset Council

Climbing Arborist

Hours: 37 per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Service Area: Place Management

Department: Neighbourhood Environmental Services

Location: Bath Parks

Grade/Level dependent on qualifications. This is a career grade post to allow staff to develop and progress careers.

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join our in-house services that we operate in keeping our beautiful parks and open spaces and our cemeteries and crematorium throughout Bath and North East Somerset. If you’d like to join our passionate, enthusiastic team we’d love you hear from you. You’ll need to be physically fit to meet the job description requirements and be prepared to work outdoors in all weather.

The purpose of this post is to carry out various aspects of skilled practical and technical arboriculture work within the Bath and North East Somerset area to a high standard as directed by the Tree officer, or as specified by the client or the clients agents.

Performance Measures

  • Good arboriculture equipment knowledge with the ability to obtain new skill sets when training is provided.
  • Ability to make analytical reasoning and recommendations about particular areas of work.
  • Ability to engage with customers and contractors within the relevant codes of practice.
  • Proven ability to practically apply legislation including health and safety.
  • Ability to manage own work without close supervision including lone working in all weathers and at all hours.


  • CS30 – chainsaw maintenance & cross cutting.
  • CS31 Small tree felling.
  • CS38 Level 2 Tree climbing & rescue.
  • CS39 Level 3 aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques.
  • As a minimum.


You will be expected to work/be available outside normal office hours including Bank Holidays, weekend and evening work as and when required for the emergency call out rota. You will be compensated for this.

We have a generous holiday allowance and special leave provisions, and you will be enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

We invest in our employees and believe in ongoing personal development and therefore we would be willing to fund specific training in association with this role.

For suitable candidate relocation expenses will be considered.

A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme – whatever life throws at you; we are committed to supporting you.

The Vectis Card discount scheme, which provides substantial reductions on the cost of travel, restaurants, shops and services.

A Car Benefit Scheme. As an employee benefit, you get to offset some of your salary before it gets taxed in exchange for a brand new car. A fixed monthly amount is taken directly from your gross salary and in return, you get the use of a brand-new car.

A cycle to work scheme.

An MOT service with reduced staff rates.

The Discovery Card scheme, available to all of our staff who are resident in B&NES, offers free entry to some of Bath's most popular visitor attractions: Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and Parade Gardens.

Your main place of work will be Bath (Parks).

Interested to find out more?

If you are interested in this post and require more details after reading the job description or just to chat through the role and what’s involved, please contact Montague Meerholz on

To apply

Please use the online application facility.

For further information on applying please see “Application Form Help” page on the Jobs website.

We are unable to sponsor candidates for this role under the Home Office Tier 2 points-based system (skilled worker route), therefore you must be able to obtain and provide your own right to work in the UK’. Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to bring your right to work documents with you to your interview so they can be copied and verified at that stage.

As an equal opportunities employer, Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and is opposed to discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.

Please note the Council operates a policy of prior consideration for roles for any individual on the Council’s at risk register. This means should a redeployee express an interest in this role, providing they meet the essential criteria for the role, they will be interviewed before any shortlisting or interviewing of external candidates.

Closing date: 30 September 2022.

Interview date: 4 October 2022.

Apply here

Closing Date: 30/09/2022  Location: Bath Parks

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