Vegetation Patroller / Arborist

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WEL Networks

Published Date

7 June 2021

Job Location

Hamilton, New Zealand

About the Job

Are you passionate about trees? Experienced Arborist looking for more variety? Want to get paid to fly a drone?!

About WEL Networks

With around 270 employees, owned by and working for the community, WEL Networks has been serving the Waikato for 100 years, distributing power from the national grid, connecting over 160,000 people to electricity services.

Based in Hamilton, we play an essential role in the region's economic and social development by identifying and investing in new technologies that will modernise our network and future-proof our region. We're excited to be broadening our horizons as we diversify from a traditional lines company into a multi-utility.

As the world is going through a period of significant change and adjusting to a new normal, so too is WEL Networks. With the energy landscape changing at pace, through the acceleration of Electrification, Solar, Batteries, and EVs driving changing customer expectations, we are focussing now more than ever on unlocking our energy potential and realising our vision: to create an innovative energy future.

We are looking for skilled, innovative and enthusiastic individuals to join our team in supporting the company through this exciting new chapter and into the future.

About the role

As a Vegetation Patroller/Arborist, you will be responsible for assessing and packaging the vegetation work for our Arborists, as well as supporting the team to implement and deliver the work.

Here at WEL we are working towards changing the approach to utility arboriculture and focusing our efforts on tree health and aesthetic values.


  • Liaise with the customers of the Vegetation Management Unit

  • Assessing and packaging work for our maintenance crews and bringing in business for us

  • Implement tree and vegetation control measures - trimming or removing vegetation/trees

Skills and experience:

  • Experienced, Qualified Arborist

  • A good understanding of trees and compliance requirements around network lines

  • Can work autonomously, with integrity and commitment

  • Committed to returning home safe every day - looking after yourself and those around you

Staff benefits

At WEL, we look after our people - with medical, life and income protection insurance, a variety of flexible working options, the safest equipment and plenty of upskilling opportunities. We will also help you with relocation expenses when moving into the Waikato.

We are committed to making sure our people go home safe every day, and with a drug and alcohol free worksite we will require you to take a drug and alcohol test before you join us.

How to apply

At WEL we value diversity and innovation, and want extraordinary people with vision to join us. It is important to us that we get to experience a little bit of the 'real you' in your application. Apply now with your CV and please take the time in a cover letter to tell us what really floats your boat - what sets you apart, why you want to be a part of our team and some of your proudest achievements.

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If this opportunity sounds like the right fit for you, please apply!

Applications close Thursday, 1 July 2021.

Although we are really keen to fill this role - it is crucial we find the right fit for WEL, so we are prepared to close applications early or leave the role open until we find the right person.