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Senior Arborist

Onward Homes
Either Merseyside, Lancashire or Greater Manchester
£28,800 (Recruitment Rate) £29,600 (Confirmed Rate)
Closing date
13 Aug 2021

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Onward Homes is one of the largest registered providers of social housing in the North West, with 35,000 properties across the region.

We believe that everyone deserves a place to call their own, which is why we’re committed to building 500 new homes each year. We do more than just provide a roof over our customers’ heads, we’re here to make a real difference.

At Onward we’re working towards creating positive spaces, which extends to not only to the communities we serve but to our workplaces being positive spaces that are open, diverse and inclusive.  Onward is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation in every aspect of our work. 

We are looking for a Senior Arborist (1 post) to join our Environmental Services team.

In this role you will be responsible for the day to day management of a small in house Arboricultural Team delivering a wide range of high quality, practical arboricultural operations and excellent customer service, ensuring that tree works are carried out to the highest standards safety and arboriculture excellence and that key performance indictors (KPI) in respect of quality, productivity and safety are followed.

You will arrange work, provide advice and guidance to customers and resolve any complaints and you will assist in conducting emergency tree works in addition to scheduled tree maintenance, under the direction of the Arboriculture Manager or Tree Specialists along with assisting with the planning and delivery of a works programme from survey data and will update the digital system as required.

To be successful in this role it is essential that you hold NPTC/Lantra units in Arboriculture: CS30/CS31/CS32 Maintenance, Cross-cutting and Felling Small and Medium trees, CS38 Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue, CS39 Operate a Chain Saw from a Rope and Harness and Manually fed Brushwood Chipper, Stump grinding NPTC, CS 40/CS41 pruning and sectional dismantling and PA1/PA6 Pesticides training.

It is also essential that you are experienced in supervising an arboricultural team and in using associated plant and equipment as well as experience in delivering high levels of customer service and examples of successfully delivering high standards of arboricultural works to BS: 3998. 

You require an excellent working knowledge of all relevant safety procedures including risk assessments and safe systems of work and the ability to accurately identify tree species and diagnose basic ill health and structural defects.  You will also need IT skills – Microsoft office to Intermediate level and experience of using GPS / GIS equipment and software effectively.

It is desirable, but not essential that you have NPTC/Lantra CS33/CS34/CS35/CS36 Fell large trees, Sever individual uprooted or multiple windblown trees and Breakdown of broad leaved crown, CS48 powered pole pruners, a Windblown trees qualification, PASMA/MEWP training or a Level 3 or above qualification in Arboriculture or similar, NEBOSH or IOSH. 

All posts are recruited to the recruitment salary and movement to the confirmed salary is based on successful completion of a 6 month probation.  As well as a competitive salary and a generous annual leave entitlement, we offer a range of benefits for a rewarding career including a health cash plan, pension scheme and personal development.

However please note that due to Covid-19, we have adapted our working arrangements under government guidelines and Safe Systems of Work.  Discussions around the current working arrangements and Safe Systems of Work specific to the role will take place during the interview process. If candidates have any concerns / questions in relation to Covid-19 and the role at any stage of the recruitment and selection process they can contact the HR team on and a member of the HR Team will be in touch.


Onward is one of the largest registered providers of social housing based solely in the North West of England with 35,000 homes across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

Onward currently comprises of five leading housing providers committed to the regeneration and sustainability of our region; Contour Homes, Liverpool Housing Trust, Ribble Valley Homes, Hyndburn Homes and Peak Valley Housing Association. They work together under the Onward brand as a not-for-profit organisation regulated by Homes England.

Our member organisations are united by a common purpose – to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.

  • We build, manage and maintain homes for people who are unable to access housing on the open market.
  • We deliver high quality homes and first class services that make a real difference to the people living in our neighbourhoods.
  • We offer customers support and assistance, helping people to overcome the challenges faced in our communities.
  • We provide homes and support to vulnerable people, helping them to live independent lives in the community.
  • We work with partners, voluntary groups and government agencies to provide more homes for people from all backgrounds, meeting the increasing need for housing throughout the North West.

Together as Onward, we’re signalling our intention to increase our impact by building more homes and delivering better services.

Find Us
+44 151 708 5777
Head Office
12 Hanover Street
L1 4AA
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