Temporary Highway Inspector – Trees

Temporary Highway Inspector – Trees 150 150 tcl-admin
Temporary Highway Inspector - Trees
Taunton, Somerset
Contract / Temporary

Somerset RQ796204

Posted: 31st January 2023 16:54
Apply Related Jobs
  • Pay Rate:

    £14.44 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 8-9 months

  • Taunton, Somerset,

    TA1 4DY

What's involved with this role:

Temporary Highway Inspector - Trees

Reference no:  Somerset RQ796204

Pay Rate: £14.44 per hour PAYE 

Car driver with valid license and insurance or ability to travel throughout the county as this role will involve inspections anywhere across Somerset

This role contributes to the provision of a highway management service to the public by applying a uniform and consistent approach.  To undertake and record Highway Safety Inspections, particularly with regard to highway trees, anywhere within Somerset. These can be driven or walked dependant on the inspection type (rural or urban).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake and record Highway Safety Inspections, particularly with regard to highway trees, anywhere within Somerset. These can be driven or walked dependant on the inspection type (rural or urban). Utilise online mapping and communications systems.
  • Identify safety defects which are hazardous to highway users, as defined within the Highway Inspection Manual.
  • Identify defects which are hazardous to highway users as defined in the Highway Safety Inspection Manual (HSIM).
  • Measure and record dimensions, location, type and severity of defects, for example potholes, damaged manholes, broken kerbs, faded signs and lines blocked drainage systems causing flooding - using electronic capture devices.
  • Create electronic works orders specifying appropriate repairs using the Schedule of Rates, and define priority based on severity of the defect and road hierarchy.
  • Create on site risk assessments identifying specific hazards due to road alignment, visibility, road speed, overhead cables etc, as required under the Construction Design and Management (CDM) act. This enables the service provider’s works gangs to visit the site and undertake the works safely.
  • Liaise with Area Highways staff to report 3rd party safety defects affecting the highway e.g. encroachment, overhanging vegetation, illegal vehicle crossings.
  • Provide a duty of care under the Health & Safety Act and New Roads & Street Works Act to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that they are safe and without risk to the health and safety of persons working there, although they may not be their own employees.
  • Attendance at court to give evidence to defend the Council in relation to highway insurance claims.
  • Liaise with County Highway Arboriculturist staff to report the condition of highway trees for planned maintenance purposes.

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. ABC Technicians Certificate (Arboricultural Association) or other relevant Level 3.
  2. Arboricultural qualification.
  3. Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) Certificate.
  4. Must hold a valid driving licence.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Relevant experience within a Highways service environment, particularly Highway trees.
  3. Relevant experience working in an Arboricultural field.
  4. Experience in tree surgery operations.
  5. Competent in tree condition assessment, such as Visual Tree Assessment (VTA).
  6. Proven experience of specifying remedial tree work in accordance with BS3998 2010: Tree Work Recommendations.
  7. Computer literate, able to use MS Office and other typical general office packages, and specialist tree related software packages, including GIS or similar mapping package. Knowledge & experience of the Confirm (WAMS) system. IT capability – ability to be able to collect and record field data on site using tablets provided, for both urban and rural tree inspections.
  8. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal to communicate effectively and manage customer expectations, at all levels with internal and external stakeholders and members of the public in difficult circumstances. Skill sets to manage information and communicate with a variety of stakeholders, with differing agendas.
  9. Ability to explain complex and technical matters in a friendly, tactful, and understandable manner.
  10. Proven knowledge and significant practical experience of tree identification and pathology.


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.

To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


Please note that clients invariably ask us to strip out contact details from CVs before we submit them for consideration. This is always quicker and easier to do if you send your CV to us in Word format, rather than as a PDF please

Give yourself the best chance of success - View our CV Tip

Submit Your Application

Thank you for your interested in this job. Please use the form below to apply.

Please note we do not accept applications without a CV.
If you do not have a CV available right now, please click the "No CV?" button above and we will email you a reminder to add your CV to, when you can.

Drop files here browse files ...
If you would prefer to send a CV straight to us rather than by way of an on-line application, you are very welcome to do so via [email protected] but please quote both the job reference and job title exactly as they appear below:
Job Ref: Somerset RQ796204
Temporary Highway Inspector - Trees
Client Category: Local Authority

Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.

Please do try to resist contacting us with requests for progress updates.

We really do read every CV sent to us. All applications will be acknowledged by a human, not a robot, provided the job remains live and provided your CV meets the “Essential Requirements” listed.

Please note that we do our level best to take down ads as soon as roles have been filled. We are not in the business of harvesting CVs.

Important: We will interpret your application as being permission to submit your CV to this role (with the right to represent you) unless you advise us to the contrary.

Email Job Reminder

If you do not have a CV available right now please use this form to send yourself a reminder. When your CV is available, simply click the link in the email or alternatively reply to that email with your attached your CV.

Job Ref: Somerset RQ796204
Temporary Highway Inspector - Trees
Client Category: Local Authority

CV Tips

Your CV needs to be current with your most recent role. We won’t be able to submit it with any unexplained gaps in employment. It will save time and improve your chances of success if we can put your CV forward immediately without having to ask for revisions.

Your CV must cover the “Essential Requirements” of the role. Ideally you will address the “Essential Requirements” on each job description page directly, in a bullet point list. Please include any DBS details and other qualifications called for.

Your CV should clearly state that you are available to start work either immediately, or at short notice. In general, our clients are unable to work with notice periods of more than 1 week from the point at which a role is offered, 2 weeks at the very most.

We do not put forward covering letters, so please ensure that your CV in contains all relevant information being called for.

We recommend that you consider sending us a CV suitably tailored CV for each role that you apply for. Job board aggregator sites will generally store only one version of your CV, which can be a bit limiting, so this is to your advantage.

    New Search

    Are you sure you want to delete this file?