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Principal Arborist

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Published By

Brisbane City Council

Published Date

19 May 2022

Job Location

Brisbane QLD, Australia

About the Job

Req ID:  610863
Personnel Area:  Brisbane Infrastructure   
Branch:  Program Planning and Integreation
Salary Range:  AUD $110,258 to $121,000 Remuneration stated is for the full-time positions

Work type:  Permanent Full-time

Band 7 Principal Arborist

  • Are you interested in playing a major part of the Arboricultural team in the largest local government municipality in Australia?

  • Do you consider yourself a subject matter expert and someone who has the integrity to represent the Council impartially?

  • Are you keen to influence policy and practice for the betterment of Brisbane’s Urban Forest?

The Business

Brisbane is a vibrant and growing city; a great place to live, work and relax. We are a city that nurtures innovation, values sustainability and supports strong economic growth. Brisbane City Council is by population the largest local government in Australia, with assets over $30 billion and an annual budget in excess of $3 billion. Our responsibility is to provide leadership for the people of Brisbane and to manage our resources to create a vibrant, successful and liveable city for the future.

Council is responsible for delivering on the plan to shape Brisbane into a city that residents will be proud of, support an economy where businesses can thrive, and design a world-class destination for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

City Standards is a group within Council’s Brisbane Infrastructure Division which is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Council’s high standards of amenity, asset maintenance and service delivery across Brisbane. Program Planning and Integration (PPI) which sits in City Standards is accountable for the management of Council’s natural and built assets including parks, natural areas, street and park trees, bridges, river walks, drainage, waterways and ferry terminals as well as roads, footpaths, and drainage infrastructure. PPI seeks to manage and enhance these assets for the enjoyment and convenience of residents and visitors alike enhancing Brisbane’s liveability.

The Opportunity

As the Principal Arborist, you will be the subject matter expert and act as Council’s  representative who will investigate and assess escalated issues relating to tree management across the City. You will be able to positively contribute to the greening of the city through Council’s annual tree planting program, subtropical boulevards and shadeways to showcase the green image of Brisbane. In addition, you will utilise your highly technical arboriculture knowledge to provide high level expert and technical advice to Council and external stakeholders regarding best practice municipal arboriculture maintenance issues.

This position:

  • is a permanent position working for Brisbane City Council

  • has flexible work conditions, and is based in Brisbane’s CBD

  • ensuring that Council implements best practice arboricultural management practices.

To be successful in this role, you must:

  • provide high level technical input into the development of innovative strategies, plans, procedures and policies for strategic outcomes, focussing on sustainable urban tree management

  • have extensive experience in managing complex and contentious arboriculture issues with high sensitivity and competing stakeholder interests

  • show demonstrated ability to contribute to Council’s arboriculture learning and development requirements

  • possess strong interpersonal skills with the ability to consult, negotiate, network and partner with internal and external stakeholders to deliver superior outcomes for Brisbane’s urban forest

  • demonstrate ability in research and innovative practices to improve Council’s tree planting and tree maintenance practices.

  • utilise critical thinking and problem solving skills in your role as Council’s delegate for highly significant trees and preserving Brisbane’s green assets.

It is a mandatory requirement to hold a C Class Drivers licence and a tertiary qualification of expertise in arboriculture, parks and natural resource, (especially urban forest) management or a related discipline.

Benefits of working for Council include:

  • flexible hours, and flexible working arrangements

  • salary package, including above-minimum superannuation contributions and generous leave provisions

  • free gym and wellness centre superannuation fund

  • generous leave provisions

Working in Council means delivering excellent customer service to the people of Brisbane.

How to apply:  Click on the 'Apply' button below to complete your online application.  Please upload your current resume and cover letter (of no more than one page) that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of this role.

Please note that you may be required to undertake a pre-employment medical assessment to assess your ability to perform the genuine occupational requirements of the role.

Position description: CLICK HERE  – see instructions below.

Benefits of working for Council: CLICK HERE

Council’s diverse and inclusive workforce helps make Brisbane a great place to live, work and relax.

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For more information:  Please call Hannah Garsden on 07 - 3178 6752

Closing Date:  Thursday 2 June 2022 at 11:55pm

Brisbane City Council is a multi-award winning accessible and inclusive workplace where our people represent the diverse communities we serve, are supported and can feel safe. Council has been awarded Employer of the Year at the National Disability Awards and since 2018 has been recognised with ‘Gold Employer’ status from the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTI inclusion.


To be appointed to a permanent position, you must be an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency status, or a visa permitting you to work in Australia permanently. If you have a visa permitting you to work temporarily in Australia, you may be appointed to a temporary or casual position, providing the work complies with the conditions of your visa.

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