Arboricultural Survey Technician

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Location: Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Guildford

Salary: £31,273 per annum

Contract type: Permanent

Working hours: 36 hours

Reference: orbis/TP/2486/7804

Closing date: 13 April 2020

About the role

Are you looking for an opportunity to build on your Arboricultural career?

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.

Surrey County Council spends around £1 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. Responsibility for Surrey Highways resides within the Community Protection, Transport and Environment Directorate. The current financial climate means that it is imperative to align finances with a risk focused approach, whilst being aware of the limitations under which the Council delivers a tree maintenance service given the scale of task.

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 to service defect life cycles.
  • Engage with suppliers in delivering works safely in line with specifications.

For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job profile.

Job details

We are looking for a Survey Technician with sufficient experience to deliver specialist inspections with minimal supervision and assist other staff with general tree related enquiries by providing professional advice. 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.

To manage this key area of work, we are looking for someone to support the Team Manager in duties assigned to the post holder not wholly or limited to the above overview.

To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of tree species, defects and disorders found in the UK
  • Ability to recognise and grade out risk priorities, ideally with LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector and Level 4 in Arboriculture or desire and ability to work towards the qualifications.
  • Knowledge of the legislative framework for management of trees for Highway Authorities
  • Knowledge of monitoring or auditing highway tree works
  • Experience of working on the highway with regards to personal safety and that of road users
  • Working knowledge of Tomography and Digital Resistograph equipment

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Contact details

For an informal discussion contact Graham Banks on 0300 200 1003 or by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 13/04/2020.

Interviews will take place on 17/04/2020.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied, as well as a works vehicle for visiting site from the depot. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.


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Job Details

Company Name:  Surrey County Council
Location:  Merrow Complex, Merrow Lane, Guildford

Contact Details

Graham Banks  Telephone: 0300 200 1003