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  1. Excellent rates of pay, all UA training, cutting/climbing equipment and PPE provided. Team leader, Kent - Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK Arborist x 2, Kent - Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK Arborist x 2, Hampshire - Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK
  2. I've just started it - might be useful for some people. Arb & Forestry Jobs UK Facebook page
  3. Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK Location South East England Contract Type Employee - Fixed Hours Working Hours per Week 40 Remuneration c. £23,000 + benefits + car allowance Job Reference GR/6611 We are currently seeking Delivery Managers to support the profitable, efficient and safe delivery of a major Utilities Arboriculture contract throughout South East England. About the role: You’ll take operational responsibility for consenting, organising and planning the safe and efficient delivery of a span cutting programme, ensuring that all works are carried out to excellent standards of safety, compliance and customer satisfaction whilst maintaining the profitability of the contract. Specifically you will: Generate work and take responsibility for ensuring that teams are sufficiently staffed, organised and motivated to deliver works to in line with client, OCS, statutory and budgetary requirements. Build and maintain strong working relationships with the client through constructive and proactive communication. Plan and deliver agreed programmes in line with the Contract Operating Plan and with an emphasis on “right first time”. Work closely with the client and OCS audit teams, developing a full understanding of the client’s needs and closing out actions where required. Support the operation in identifying best working practice and opportunities for innovation. Contribute to the management of service delivery to provide consistently high levels of performance and, where required, take personal (hands-on) responsibility for key client relationships, contract performance, retention and growth. Ensure that Purchase Orders are issued prior to works being undertaken. Ensure that all other contract paperwork is managed efficiently and within contract specifications. Manage sub-contractors proactively ensuring that a “value for money” and complaint service is received. Brief management on operational issues, shortfalls and resolutions. Collate and review management information to ensure the effective running of the business unit. Take a proactive role in the management and review of safe working practices on the contract and ensure legal compliance with all processes. About the role: This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leading team in which you will be the key to the continuous improvement of our service delivery on this major contract. To succeed in this role you will need: Relevant professional qualifications /memberships such as UA1 or higher and a diploma (or equivalent) in Arboriculture or Forestry. Experience of operational management. Qualification in Health and Safety such as IOSH. A strong track record in Utility Arboriculture. Strong customer facing experience with a proven track record of owning and resolving operational issues. Good IT literacy including MS Office, Word and Excel.
  4. Visit Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK and select Operations - Forestry/Arboriculture in the job function drop-down box. Eight positions in total. About the role With a firm focus on customer service, compliance with Health and Safety regulation and the promotion of safe working practices you will lead teams of operatives delivering arboriculture services on a Northern Powergrid vegetation management contract for a key utility client. You will also: Liaise directly with customers effectively resolving tree cutting and vegetation issues requiring knowledge of regulations and specialist management. Supervise staff and subcontractors ensuring vegetation management operations are carried out to contract specification and agreed SLA’s are achieved. Ensure the workload is scheduled in accordance with Company standards and carried out in a cost effective manner. Complete and submit documentation and risk assessments within agreed timeframes Ensure Company procedure for incident reporting is complied with. Liaise with clients and customers ensuring day-to-day problems are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Maintain plant and work equipment including vehicles to Company standard. Ensure a professional image is presented at all times. About you You will have a sound knowledge of the arboriculture industry preferably in the area of Utilities, a good knowledge of health and Safety procedures and proven leadership skills. You will also need: NPTC CS30, 31 , 32, 38, 39, 40 & 41 preferred UA1 & 5 qualifications preferred Sound experience in an arboriculture role An ability to communicate with senior management and clients Customer focus with excellent problem solving skills Supervisory experience with both field staff and contractors Good PC skills Level 1 First Aid qualification preferred Full UK driving licence (B+E an advantage).
  5. There are roughly 30 posts at multiple locations in England and Wales; go to Careers | OCS UK | Careers at OCS, Careers UK and select Operations - Forestry/Arboriculture in the job function box. Contract Type Employee - Fixed Hours Working Days Monday - Friday Working Times Between 07.00 and 18.30 Shift Pattern Variable according to operational needs Working Hours per Week 40 hours Pay Rate £8.00 - £9.50 per hour Job Reference OP/6297 Tree surgery and vegetation maintenance. You will support customers to whom we supply a range of FM services including vegetation management, grounds maintenance and forestry services. You will carry out tree surgery and arboriculture maintenance operations at client sites in a safe and compliant manner. Working to contract specifications, agreed schedules and in accordance with Company standards, you will carry out a range of duties to a high standard ensuring day-to-day problems are dealt with and problems solved. To succeed in this role need: Experience in an arboriculture role Experience in the safe operation of a broad range of powered machinery NPTC Certificates CS30, CS31 and CS38. Utility experience and qualifications desirable - e.g, units UA1 & UA2 A full UK driving licence with ability to tow Ability to work well as part of a small team.
  6. When the branches are growing on the tree they are not waste; as soon as an arborist removes them from the tree and decides that they will be discarded, they become waste, which that arborist has a legal duty of care towards (EPA 1990 S34). That duty cannot be discharged by throwing the branches over a fence, whoever's fence it is. Going back to the park, I see no reason why that scenario would be lawful, any more than if a builder demolished a building in a park and dumped the rubble in a different part of the park to save on tipping costs.
  7. I totally agree with all that, and the fact that the profession generally operates this way is partly the reason that there aren't volumes of case law. I'm just curious - I have a law degree and obviously work in the world of trees, as I have done for 2 decades. Call me sad, but I find it fascinating.
  8. If an arborist pruned trees for a council in a large park, then dumped the arisings in another part of the park, is that unlawful tipping? What no judge would ever allow is the preventing of a person from quiet enjoyment of his land. To take things to an extreme, consider a person with a small garden that happened to have a very large tree growing in it, a large part of which overhang a neighbouring property. The tree owner comes home from work to find his entire small garden buried under a tonne of large branches. I know this is totally separate from fly tipping, but shows why, in my opinion, the law would not support dumping the waste in the tree owner's garden. Back to fly tipping - as I understand the law it is the act of depositing a controlled waste (arb arisings are a controlled waste) in a manner other than is permitted. Who owns the waste may be useful evidence, but alone it does not determine the matter. I am not certain that the tree owner does own the arisings. If he accepts ownership then clearly he does, but if he doesn't I'm not sure. I'm not aware of any case law on the matter either.
  9. Really? Obviously I think it is true (I posted it in the first place), but I'm interested in hearing why you think it isn't.
  10. "Any branches, fruit or roots that are removed must be carefully returned to the tree owner unless they agree otherwise." That's misleading - it is the responsibility of the person doing the work to dispose of the arisings. However, the tree owner is entitled to them if he wants them. It sounds like the same thing but there is a subtle difference.
  11. I'm note sure you'd have much luck enforcing BS3998 standard work. Bear in mind that nuisance is used in the legal sense, and not just something that is a bit annoying. Blocking light etc is unlikely to meet that definition in most situations.
  12. Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 would cover it nicely. If you dump the arisings over the fence it's fly-tipping.
  13. I remember fondly how everyone was so confident that they could predict the changes our climate was facing back then. If only it were that simple!
  14. I am not convinced that trees need a rest. If there was a process that they underwent during this 'rest' that in some way benefited them, then I could agree but I am not aware of any such process. If you view it as a condition enforced by an absence of conditions suitable for growth rather than any sort of restorative process it may help.


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