Utility Arborist

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Published By

Network Waitaki

Published Date

7 September 2021

Job Location

Waitaki District, New Zealand

About the Job

Based in the vibrant coastal town of Oamaru with a team of 85 passionate and dedicated staff, our core business is bringing electricity from the national grid to over 13,000 connected customers in North Otago and parts of South Canterbury. Network Waitaki provide innovative energy solutions to our customers, as well as providing electrical construction and maintenance services across New Zealand. 


We have recently launched an ambitious new strategy and we’re very excited about the future. We are transforming our business into a modern, customer-centric service provider and are strongly committed to supporting our people, providing a flexible environment where you can succeed and grow. 


As part of this strategy, we have established in-house vegetation services and need another Arborist to join the team. This role is responsible for a wide range of vegetation and tree management activities on and around the network and customer lines. 


What can Network Waitaki and Oamaru offer you? 


  • Work across the scenic Waitaki district and project work in other regions around New Zealand 

  • Top-quality Vehicles, Equipment and Plant 

  • Be part of a great crew who are proud of what they do 

  • A relocation support package that is tailored to you 

  • Competitive remuneration package 

  • Health insurance

  • Affordable housing and great schools 

  • Close to the stunning outdoors – ski fields, rivers, lakes and mountains 

  • A friendly and supportive community 

  • No traffic jams! 


We are looking for someone who: 


Has a great attitude to life, is a team player and who aligns with our following Values: 


  • We care about our People 

  • We are one Team 

  • We love our Region 

  • We are Future Thinking 


How do you line up? 


  • Full NZ Driver’s License Class 2 required 

  • Relevant arborist qualification (Level 4 Certificate in Arboriculture and/or assessed equivalent) 

  • 1+ years’ experience preferable as an arborist, including EWP operation and climbing experience 

  • Good knowledge of vegetation maintenance requirements around overhead distribution systems up to and including 33kV 

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills 

  • Good working knowledge of the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003 

  • Familiar with common software applications (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel) and mobile technology


Due to the nature of work you need to be physically fit to complete the duties safely, including compliance with our Drug and Alcohol policy. Our operation is 24/7 therefore this role requires availability for after-hours and emergency situations. 


We would love to hear from you: 


For a confidential chat, a position description and/or to apply please email careers@networkwaitaki.co.nz


Please note that you will need to undertake pre-employment medical and Ministry of Justice checks. You must also be legally able to work in New Zealand.