First listed on: 14 May 2024

Leading Hand Arborist


Who we are

At Melbourne Water, we're more than just a utility provider, we're the guardians of Melbourne's essential water and environmental resources. Our work is not just a job; it's a vital contribution to Melbourne's renowned lifestyle. More than 4.2 million people across Victoria rely on us every day for the supply of safe and reliable water to their homes and businesses. We employ more than 1,200 people across Victoria who are committed to delivering for our customers and community, today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

If you value making it count, diving in with curiosity, and doing what’s right, you're in the right place.

About the Role

Reporting to Program Lead Environment, this is a pivotal role within the Service Delivery Portfolio. As the Leading Hand Arborist you will be responsible for: Providing specialist technical advice and management of trees and vegetation over multiple work groups.  

  • Inspection and assessment of trees on Melbourne Water land, identifying dead and dangerous trees, and providing recommendations and decisions through accurate reports and advice, including Tree Management Plans and vegetation assessments.
  • Supervising and performing ground, tree climbing, and aerial lift duties. 
  • Coordinating work in a team environment and provide in-field oversight for multiple crews. 
  • Prioritising the safety and well-being of self and colleagues, identifying and reporting hazards, and supporting improvement initiatives.
  • Support a culture of Health, Safety & Wellbeing.
  • A valid Driver’s Licence is required as this role requires frequent travel.

About you:

  • You have a Tertiary qualification in Arboriculture or related discipline (to at least Australian Qualification Framework Level4) or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience in a similar role within Local Government or the private sector.  
  • Extensive years’ experience in the provision of arboriculture, horticulture or related discipline. 
  • Other qualifications such as Industry White Card, Chainsaw Ticket, Fall Prevention, and Plant Machinery competency. 
  • You have sound interpersonal skills and an ability to lead and communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of people both within Melbourne Water, external organisations and with the general public.
  • Ability to lead, work and contribute in a team environment to improve processes, respond to various demands and manage multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in emergency situations.
  • Have a commitment to the mentoring and development of others within the team. 

This is a full-time role based at South East Regional Office (SERO) in Bangholme with travel required to field based sites and assets throughout Melbourne Waters network. An operational work vehicle will be used to attend sites

For more information, please review the attached Position Description:  MW2053 -Position Description Leading Hand Arborist.pdf

Why Join us

Our culture is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to three core values that define us: Making it count, Diving in and Doing what's right are at the heart of everything you do.

At Melbourne Water, we're dedicated to doing what's right, and this commitment extends to the meaningful work we do in a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages you to make the most of your talents. We foster innovative and sustainable work practices.

We offer a range of employee benefits that will make your experience at Melbourne Water rewarding, both personally and professionally.

Melbourne Water’s long-standing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, with an evolved focus on Belonging means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ individuals, people living with disability, mature age and young jobseekers from all cultures can apply with confidence knowing they are safe, affirmed and celebrated.

Research shows that many people apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, while others apply only when they check every box.  So, if you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please apply or get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit.

How to Apply

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Closing date: Monday 20th May at 11:55pm AEST

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