Senior Urban Forester (Risk Management)

Last updated 2 months ago
Job Type:Full Time

$106,988 plus 9.5% Superannuation


We are the City of Melbourne
, a bold place to be extraordinary.

We are rapidly transforming to meet the evolving challenges faced by a global city. With a vision of being a leading capital city, our mission is to create positive impact for our community by being bold, innovative and sustainable. Each day, we work with passion and purpose so that together we achieve incredible things.

Together we Make the Difference

How this position will Make the Difference to City of Melbourne…

Reporting to the Team Leader Urban Forest and Ecology, the Senior Urban Forester (Risk Management) works to ensure that Council’s tree population is managed well to promote tree health, public amenity and to reduce risk. This newly created role presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced Arborist to shape and lead best practice tree risk management in a high profile capital city environment.

The Senior Urban Forester will use their technical expertise to implement best practice tree risk management whilst also working to achieve the strategic objectives of the Urban Forest Strategy. You will take a lead role in providing expert advice on a range of tree management matters, ranging from day to day operational decisions to longer term strategic planning and innovation.

Your resilience, energy and ability to juggle competing priorities will be a key part of this role, and see you collaborating with many areas and at all levels across Council. You will build strong connections and partner with stakeholders within and outside of the organisation to solve complex problems, improve processes and achieve the best outcomes.

Key to your success will be your proven tree risk management skills, your extensive practical experience identifying and mitigating Arboricultural risk in an urban environment. Furthermore, you will demonstrate a sound understanding of industry standards and best practice approaches to spearhead innovation and drive improvement. You will be confident to make well calculated and transparent decisions about tree risk management, and provide high quality advice to management, executives and Councillors.

You can bring
… (Selection criteria)

  • Ability to demonstrate and display City of Melbourne Values – accountability, integrity, courage, respect for self and others, and striving for excellence
  • A tertiary qualification in Arboriculture, Horticulture, Forest Science or equivalent.
  • Experience working in an Arboriculture role.
  • Experience working in urban tree risk management, preferably using the approach described in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment (Second Edition, Companion publication to the ANSI A300 Part 9).
  • Highly developed organisational skills with an ability to manage multiple, competing and complex tasks in a fast paced environment.
  • Well-developed communication and customer service, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

By joining us, you will become part of a remarkable team who work in a constructive and inclusive culture to shape the future of this city. Together, we champion difference, celebrate achievement and recognise positive impact.

To view the physical requirements of this position, please see below under Position Information.

How to apply…

As part of the online application form you are required to:

  • attach your resume
  • attach a separate cover letter, responding to the selection criteria (no more than two pages), as listed above under ‘You can bring…’

Please address your covering letter to Kelly Hertzog, (Acting) Team Leader Urban Forest & Ecology

Applications will be accepted up until 11:45pm Sunday 9 August 2020.

The position description for this role will not be provided at this stage of application.

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