About the Job
Use your skills and expertise to enhance Wellington's urban forest
Bring your project delivery and leadership experience
Lead a team of capable and passionate arborists
Kia mahi ngātahi mō Pōneke mō tōna āpōpō | Working together for Wellington's future.
As a great harbour capital city, Wellington City Council has established a vision for Wellington as 'an inclusive, sustainable and creative capital for people to live, work and play'. The future of Wellington is compact, inclusive & connected, greener, resilient, vibrant and prosperous.
The Parks Operations team provide a critical customer facing support service, ensuring the city's residents and visitors enjoy a well-managed and maintained environment. The Tree Team is part of the wider Parks, Sport & Recreation group that provide comprehensive tree maintenance services and advice across the City, including its parks and reserves, town belt, Botanic Gardens and road network.
About the role
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a tertiary qualification in arboriculture, or parks and open spaces management (or a related field) and a good understanding of tree work but what's unique about this role is that you don't need to be a technical/operational expert. The team already has two very capable technical team leads - this role is focused on the management of all aspects of the city's tree assets, operational services delivery and development and maintenance of a mixed age healthy population of trees within Wellington City. You will be responsible for delivering planned business outputs, managing staff, resource consent advice and contracts associated with this delivery, and ensuring that related marketing, customer service, and relationship management goals are met.
We're quite a unique Council team as we have our own Tree team - we don't contract those services out, unlike some other Councils. The team are tight knit and know their stuff - they pride themselves on their skill and professionalism.
As well as a relevant tertiary qualification and an understanding of tree work, you will be able to effectively manage and deliver projects from initiation through to implementation. Team management skills, as well as the ability to lead leaders, is important. You'll also have strong interpersonal and communication skills and be able to build and maintain strong relationships with various stakeholders, through consultation and partnership. You will need a full, clean class 1 drivers licence (class 2 is preferred).
This role could suit a seasoned arborist or technical team lead, looking to step up, or someone without the technical skills but experience in a similar operational industry and strong leadership and project delivery skills.
We're Working for Wellington. Wellington City Council's team provides more than 400 services every day for Wellingtonians - everything from parks and pools to consents and cemeteries - playing our part in making Pōneke an inclusive, sustainable, and creative capital for people to live, work and play.
Working for the Council offers you a range of benefits including 5 weeks annual leave, flexible working options, health and wellbeing support, Council staff discounts and a range of learning and development programmes and opportunities.
Applications close on 2nd of July 2023. All applications must be submitted online.
All applicants must have the right to work in New Zealand and be prepared to undergo a Ministry of Justice and credit check.
Because this is a safety sensitive role, all the shortlisted candidates will have to pass muscular skeletal checks and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening. Please note that all the staff in this team will be subject to random testing as well.
If this sounds like the right role for you, click bellow to make an application and/or to view the position description. All applications must be submitted online.