- 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,
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).
- 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:
- ABC Technicians Certificate (Arboricultural Association) or other relevant Level 3.
- Arboricultural qualification.
- Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) Certificate.
- Must hold a valid driving licence.
Skills & Experience:
- Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
- Relevant experience within a Highways service environment, particularly Highway trees.
- Relevant experience working in an Arboricultural field.
- Experience in tree surgery operations.
- Competent in tree condition assessment, such as Visual Tree Assessment (VTA).
- Proven experience of specifying remedial tree work in accordance with BS3998 2010: Tree Work Recommendations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ability to explain complex and technical matters in a friendly, tactful, and understandable manner.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- 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:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
Give yourself the best chance of success - View our CV Tip
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.
Temporary Highway Inspector - Trees
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.