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Arborist Apprentice

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Published By

Hamilton City Council

Published Date

12 January 2023

Job Location

Hamilton, New Zealand

About the Job

Employment Type: Permanent

Applications Close: 29/01/2023

Hamilton is known for its natural environment, with street and park trees an important feature of the city-scape. Some of those trees are as old as the city itself, and others are new to the community. Our Parks & Recreation team are responsible for managing and working on those trees using the latest equipment and technology.

We are an industry leader and we’re looking for an apprentice arborist who is enthusiastic about parks or tree work. You will be learning on and off the job with all training costs covered.

About the role

The role will involve assisting with all aspects of tree work carried out by the Parks & Recreation Team, including the maintenance of established trees across the city, one-off tree removals, routine pruning and the planting of new specimens. Your training will enable you to complete the National Certificate in Horticulture (Arb) qualification.

You’ll be working with great gear and technology, given training and learning opportunities and enjoy the variety of work available. Your teammates love their regular work hours, workload to breaks ratio, and flexibility, with a focus on work/life balance.

About you

We're after someone with a positive attitude who is committed and enthusiastic about parks or tree work

You need to be keen to achieve a recognised arboriculture qualification

Our unit is a tight-knit team and we need someone who will work well alongside other parks professionals. You are able to communicate clearly and effectively with your colleagues, and collaborate with your peers to meet deadlines and complete work schedules.


  • $23.65 - $25 per hour negotiated for the right candidate, with the opportunity to earn more with responsibility payments

  • All gear provided

  • Full training costs covered

  • Additional leave

  • Free medical insurance

  • Discounted services

  • Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week

  • Work local – no travel required

  • An inclusive and supportive team culture

  • Opportunity to progress within the team.

This is your chance to be part of an organisation that is committed to becoming the leading community-focused Council, so Hamilton’s full potential can be unlocked – making it the best place to live.

How to apply

We will be reviewing and interviewing during the advertising period as applications are received. If this role sounds like it’s for you, we would love to hear from you. Make it happen and apply online today!

Click APPLY and you will be directed to our careers page.

Learn more about the role by clicking the link below to view a copy of the position description!

All candidates will be notified of the outcome on their application via email. Short-listed candidates may be required to complete an interview process, reference checks, pre-employment medical, drug and alcohol assessments, credit check and a Ministry of Justice or Police vetting check.

Hamilton City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.

Please note this role is being sourced directly and we are not accepting applications via external recruitment agencies. Due to border restrictions, only people who are already eligible to live and work in New Zealand should apply. Evidence will be required.

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