Senior Arborist – Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

Botanic Gardens of Sydney - Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure

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Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?

Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.


  • Join us and work for an botanical conservation focused organisation and within Australia’s largest botanic garden and contribute to the heartbeat of the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan!
  • Permanent Full-Time role with opportunities to grow your career within a team of proactive and professional arborist, horticulturalist and greenkeepers.
  • Become an integral contributor in the conservation and curation of a diverse arboriculture collection with species from around Australia
  • Salary relative to experience ranges from $78,260 to $86,539 + Superannuation  



The Botanic Gardens of Sydney (BGoS) team is currently seeking to appoint a Senior Arborist responsible to assist in the management and curation the highly tree collections, risk management, tree maintenance programs, record keeping, technical advice regarding developments affecting trees within the Garden. Be a crucial component in mentoring and supervision of a small team, resources and the planning and development of the section.


About You

In this role, you will effectively manage a small team within a public garden, given the need to implement new arboriculture practices and prioritise the workload. Balancing appropriate tree management techniques with conservation, safety and horticultural issues is imperative to success in the role.


You will be charged with implementing the BGoS tree management policies and procedures, including tree risk assessments and determining risk control actions; ensuring the accurate recording, data entry and analysis of arboriculture collections using the IrisBG plant database and GIS systems.


Why join our team?

  • Fantastic Team Culture – Be a part of passionate and hard-working teams who approach their busy day-to-day work with good humour and a sense of fun!
  • Genuine long-term Career Opportunities – Opportunity to grow your career as a Senior Arborist.
  • Focus on Wellbeing and Work/Life Balance – A regular rostered/allocated day off can be accrued. The Fitness Passport program gives members discounted access to gym, aquatic, and leisure facilities across NSW.
  • Benefits – Staff are entitled to Uniform and Uniform allowance and Free Parking on site.



Essential Requirements

  • Diploma in Arboriculture AQF5 or equivalent with experience in a wide range of tree maintenance and services, including pest and disease control, weed management, plant nutrition and irrigation control and in the maintenance and use of all associated plant and equipment.
  • Level II Chainsaw Operation/ Fell Trees Manually (Intermediate)
  • Qualification in Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ or equivalent)
  • Experience in the arboriculture industry, including the ability to conduct tree climbing and complex rigging works.
  • Ability to assess and prepare reports on tree risk assessment and other tree-related data.
  • Experience supervising a wide range of arboriculture services and maintenance programs.
  • Experience in the maintenance and use of arboriculture and horticulture plant and equipment.
  • Current NSW Driver’s licence and ability to drive manual vehicles
  • Able and willing to undertake fieldwork for extended periods and able to lift and carry a minimum of 15 kilos.



If you want more information, read the full Role Description: Senior Arborist


About Us

Staff working within BGoS are a group of world-leading staff from the fields of science, horticulture, public space activation, visitor experience, not-for-profit fundraising, digital engagement, tourism, planning, major project delivery, commercial investment, sustainable resource and asset management, events and recreation.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a dedicated, flexible and dynamic team and work for Australia’s premier botanical science institute and some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces with opportunities to further one’s career development and advancement.


About the Department

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) are building the future of NSW through delivering diverse planning, housing solutions and infrastructure across the state. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department. 


In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPHI supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments.


To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role.


Applications close Sunday, 14th April 2024 at 11:55pm.


Should you require further information about the role please contact Michael Elgey via [email protected].


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.


Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks


We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on [email protected]  (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.


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