Senior Arboricultural Survey Technician WANTED - Guildford, Surrey

Surveyor Guildford, South East (United Kingdom) Full Time£35,000 - £39,000 (GBP)

Surrey County Council

About the job

The starting salary for this role is £35,832 per annum, working 36 hours per week based at Merrow Depot, Guildford (or Godstone Depot).  

The Highways Maintenance Team within the Environment, Transport and Infrastructure (ETI) directorate at Surrey County Council (SCC) is seeking to appoint a Senior Arboriculture Survey Technician. 

Surrey County Council is the Highway Authority for the County of Surrey. It is responsible for the management of risk from some 2 million trees and monitoring their condition adjacent to and on the highway. Cyclical planned inspections are undertaken over the entire highway network of the County. SCC spends around £1.4 million per year on managing risk from Highway trees. It is reputed to be the most densely wooded County in Southern England with some of the busiest roads outside of London.

Some of our key aims of the Service include:

- Delivering specialist inspections over three and five year cycles aimed at maintaining a safe highway
- Aligning priorities with risk from actionable defects
- Creating accurate records of inspection

The Senior Arboriculture Survey Technician will report to the Arboriculture Team Manager. There are two other surveyors in the team as well as a technician. The Senior Survey Technician will be responsible for managing and ensuring the timely completion of all survey routes, undertaking project work as well as providing support to the Arboriculture manager in their duties. Regular contact with Members, customers and contractors will be required; therefore to be successful you will need both excellent communication skills and technical knowledge.

The Arboriculture team makes good use of technology in undertaking inspections as well as specialist equipment such as Tomography and digital Resistograph for detailed tree inspections. A strong interest and commitment to developing new innovative methods of working, as well as up to date knowledge in using available technology for inspections is required.

The Senior Survey Technician will have sufficient experience to manager and deliver specialist inspections as well as monitor and mentor the two Survey Technicians to ensure compliance with the Surrey Highways standards for inspections and risk management on an enduring basis. This will include using a bespoke tree management system to record and monitor tree defects and manage our highway assets. The post will be involved in working closely with our appointed suppliers and managing on the job enquiries to ensure decisions are aligned with service priorities as works progress. 

This is an exciting new post which will provide challenge for an individual with strong technical skills and knowledge of the Arboriculture sector who wishes to further their knowledge and develop managerial skills for the future.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

- Ability to manage Arb risk priorities, with LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector and Level 4 in Arboriculture
- Knowledge of the legislative framework for management of trees for Highway Authorities
- Good organisational skills and ability to manage demanding workloads for themselves and others
- Desire to develop others through the use of coaching and mentoring
- Confident in using Tomography and Digital Resistograph equipment

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 29th May 2022.

Interviews will take place week commencing 6th June 2022.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the role on our jobsite at https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=23259

Preferred Skills

- Ability to manage Arb risk priorities, with LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector and Level 4 in Arboriculture
- Knowledge of the legislative framework for management of trees for Highway Authorities
- Good organisational skills and ability to manage demanding workloads for themselves and others
- Desire to develop others through the use of coaching and mentoring
- Confident in using Tomography and Digital Resistograph equipment

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