Utility Arborist

Highland Council
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SSE plc
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Base Location: Inverness & Surrounding Areas.

Salary: £26,609 - £35,892 / Overtime & Standby payments available.


- Full PPE and tools required for the position.

- Access to a company vehicle.

- Overtime & standby.

- A range of other benefits to support your family, finances and wellbeing.

Working Pattern: 12 Month Fixed Term Contract | Full Time

We invest millions every year to make sure that our network is in the best condition possible to minimise the risk of power cuts and to ensure the safety of the public. During high winds and storms, trees & vegetation can contact our equipment and cause power cuts, so we may have to remove them or trim them back to keep the lights on. As well as installing the latest technologies and carrying out regular maintenance, we have our in-house tree cutting team to make sure that trees and vegetation are kept away from our overhead lines and equipment.

Using an array of Utility Arborist specific skills including live working, aerial tree work and mechanised equipment, you will work within a team of highly skilled arborists, managing trees and vegetation, near our distribution network. Safety will be at the forefront of all your activities and you’ll have to evaluate, prepare, and carry out tree cutting works on complex and varied sites, with your team.

To see a snapshot of what a day in the life of a Utility Arborist looks like, please click on the link below:


What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

- Enthusiasm and drive with a flexible approach to work and an ability to adapt to changing business and project priorities, working in all weathers and occasionally away from home.

- Previous experience in tree cutting, forestry or arboriculture. A passion for outdoor working in all weather conditions in a similar capacity would also be considered.

- Relevant NPTC certificate units for the use of chainsaws, and a qualification or certificates including NPTC UA.

- Holding experience of working with power lines, and climbing would be highly advantageous, and a passion for outdoor working in all weather across the beautiful Scottish Countryside.

- High regard for safety, embedding yourself in our safety culture and adhering to guidelines in everything you do is a key priority.

About our Business

SSEN Distribution powers 3.8 million homes and businesses in communities across central southern England and the north of Scotland. Our team of more than 3,500 people keep customers connected to a safe and reliable supply of electricity whilst developing the flexible networks that are vital to achieving net zero. By enabling a smarter, more resilient electricity network we're ensuring our local communities continue to receive the power they need, both now and in the future. We are consistently investing and innovating to improve network resilience and future-proof power supplies for life's changing demands, from rolling out large scale EV charging schemes to supporting small community generation projects.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens Next

All applications should be submitted online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Hannah on Hannah.E.Cutajar@sse.com or 01738 341147

Before commencing employment with SSE, you'll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.