Urban Forest Supervisor

Strathfield Municipal Council Full Time Permanent 24/05/2023

Division: Engineering & Operations
Urban Forest
Employment Status:  
Full-Time, 35 hours per week with access to Council's flexible working arrangements.
Employment Arrangement:
Permanent, full-time
Salary Range: 
Grade 16 (ranging between $83,949.18 to $96,598.87 depending on experience)

About Strathfield Council:

Strathfield Council is centrally located in Sydney’s inner-west, halfway between the Parramatta and Sydney CBD with accessible public transport options and parking available. 

As a medium-sized council, we focus on a myriad of Local Government responsibilities which services over 40,000 residents in the Strathfield LGA. Strathfield is home to a myriad of beautiful sports fields and open spaces which is showcased as the pride of the LGA.

Our core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Accountability and Safety are at the heart of our organisation and Council emphasises the importance of achieving work-life harmony and developing staff.

About the Opportunity:

Strathfield Council is seeking a Urban Forest Supervisor to Lead and coordinate the Urban Forest team in the development, coordination, and implementation of sustainable tree management services and to develop and maintain Strathfield Council’s urban forest as a quality, intergenerational resource, such that the works and services of Council contribute to the desired community outcomes as outlined in the Community Action Plan.

To undertake this position, the following responsibilities and duties are entailed as follows:

  • To ensure that the management and maintenance of trees throughout Strathfield (public and private) is undertaken in an effective manner to promote the image of Council as efficient and community focused and responsive in all its operations.
  • Achieve the best tree management outcomes to improve the quantity and quality of the Strathfield Council’s trees, that will maximise environmental, social, and economic value provided by the urban forest to the community.
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders and the public to provide quality arboriculture and urban forestry recommendations.
  • Plan, develop, manage, and review budgets to ensure cost effectiveness, achievement of budget targets, delivery of savings and innovations, and accurate and timely reporting of budget performance.
  • Deliver strong contract and asset management principles including contract administration, management of financials, relationships, performance, quality, risk, data, programs, timeframes for delivery, reporting, plans, proactive and reactive service levels, renewal projects, audits, and WHS.
  • Effectively collect and analyse data using Council’s asset systems. Monitor issues and trends in asset and service performance, act on data to ensure operational issues are addressed quickly and identify and address gaps in data required to drive performance.
  • Collaborate with other sections of Council to develop policy and procedures that impact on the Urban Forest (e.g., Urban Forest Strategy/Street Tree Management Plan). 

For a full list of accountabilities, please see our attached PD below

About You

  • Relevant Tertiary qualifications in Arboriculture (AQF Level 5)
  • Class C Motor Vehicle Drivers Licence
  • Qualifications in an industry recognised tree risk methodology (e.g., QTRA, TRAQ)
  • Demonstrated comprehensive understanding and experience in tree hazard and health assessment, replacement programs, conflicts with infrastructure, and operational WHS requirements.
  • Extensive knowledge of Tree Preservation Orders and the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act.
  • Sound knowledge of asset management principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated financial management, procurement, and budgetary experience.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy in a wide range of computer software packages including Microsoft Office, Electronic Records Management etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to quality customer service.
  • Current NSW “C Class” driver’s licence. 

Position Description

To review this position description for this role, please click here.

Staff Benefits

To see the available staff benefits for staff, please click here.

To Apply

Applicants can apply through our online application process:

1. Please fill out your details below and attach any relevant documentation on the next page.
Applications will have to address the Selection Criteria within the Position Description.

2. Review and answer our designated questions before concluding your application.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Robert Cranmer on 02 9748 9999.

In line with Council's Vaccination Policy, all employees must be fully vaccinated prior to commencement with Council.

Applications Close at 10pm, Wednesday 14th June 2023