Tree Assessment Officer

Job No: PiiibIW0224
Location: St Peters Depot

About Inner West Council

Formed from the amalgamation of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, Inner West Council is now among Sydney’s larger local government agencies looking after a vibrant community of 185,000 people living in some of the inner city’s most vibrant, creative, liveable and diverse suburbs.

As we continue to deliver quality, innovative and inclusive programs and services, we would love it if you can join in our journey towards becoming the best council for our community.

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About the role

Working as part of the Trees, Parks & Sportsfields service unit and reporting to the Coordinator Private Trees, you will assist in the implementation of sustainable tree management services and  in maintaining  the Inner West Council’s urban forest as a quality, intergenerational resource. This will ensure that the services of Council contribute to the desired community outcomes as outlined in the Community Strategic Plan.  You will manage your work to ensure you meet the targets and commitments against your individual and am work plans and Council’s Operational and Strategic Plans.  You will be community focused and work collaboratively with the Manager Urban Forest, Coordinator Private Trees and other staff to ensure the success of the service unit.

Please read the Position Description to familiarise yourself with all the requirements and conditions of the role.


$69,809 p.a. to $84,582p.a. + super


  • Flexible work arrangements and RDO scheme
  • Strong learning and development focus and culture
  • Health and wellbeing programs 

Key duties

  • To ensure that the management and maintenance of trees throughout the Inner West (private) is undertaken in an effective manner to promote the image of Council as efficient and community focused and responsive in all its operations. 
  • Achieve the best tree management outcomes to improve the quantity and quality of the Inner West Council’s trees, that will maximise environmental, social and economic value provided by the urban forest to the community.                                        
  • Manage workload in the efficient and effective delivery of the following functions and services for Council in accordance with management plans and budgets
  • Work in collaboration with all stakeholders
  • Keep up to date with current developments in the field/industry

Some of the required skills, experience and qualifications

  1. Relevant Aboricultural qualifications (AQF 5 or equivalent) or equivalent industry experience in tree management
  2. Experience in undertaking visual tree assessments, report writing and plan interpretation.
  3. Experience and knowledge of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act and other planning legislation (e.g. SEPP, LEP, DCP) as it relates to tree management and protection.
  4. Strong interpersonal communication skills


Urban Forest Manager, Gwilym Griffiths on 9335 2242                              

Closing Date

Thursday 23 August  2018, at 11:30pm

How To Apply

Please ensure you read the Position Description at the link above. To apply, follow and answer the questions as required below and click on the "Next" button. On the following page you will be asked to attach your resume/CV. Depending on the criteria of the position, you may also be asked to attach your qualification(s), licences/tickets if it is required.  Therefore please make sure you have these attachments ready before you apply.

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