Tree Surgeon Team Leader

I am an Ex Sapper and have a couple of positions available in my company based near Sevenoaks, Kent

NPC Tree Surgery is a small highly professional company operating 2 teams of between 2 & 4 men depending on task. We carry out the whole spectrum of Tree Surgery Operations, however we specialise and are geared for the larger more technical/difficult jobs. We have an excellent set of kit and equipment from remote tracked stump grinder, mini skid steer to the latest in advanced decay detection equipment. We provide a professional service carried out to the highest standard to both domestic and commercial customers.About the job. We are looking for a new member of the team with previous management experience to take on the role of Supervisor / Team Leader
The Job will involve:
- Carry out morning team brief of daily tasks
- Ensure correct and serviceable equipment is loaded
- Liaise with customer on arrival and then brief and assign members of the team tasks
- Ensure work is carried out safely and efficiently
- Be able to mentor, develop and advise less experienced members of the team
- Be able to carry out the full spectrum of tree surgery tasks
- Make sure the high standards of the company are upheld
- Manage team members who have specific roles Eg. Equipment care, vehicle maintenance
- Be comfortable taking payment from domestic customers
- Ensure all kit is returned and serviceable from task
- Be able to price additional work for customers in line with the company pricing structure
- Occasionally be able to plan and schedule work, issue invoices and apply for TPO applications
- Ensure team members are kept current in Ariel Rescue and First Aid
Normal working hours 07:30 - 16:30 Mon - Fri
Over Time Rate - Time and half
Full company uniform provided and PPE
28 Days annual Leave
Continuous professional Development
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
- CS 30/31
- CS 38,39 with experience
- Driving License with B + E
- Management experience in the Arb / Tree Surgery environment
- Healthy and fit non smoker
- Excellent Personal presentation
- High standards and takes pride in their work
- Lead by example
Salary dependent on experience and qualifications
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: £29,000.00 to £31,000.00 /year
 

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Set up a subsidiary company in the North east of the USA around New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

You'll make a fortune, because they charge a bloody fortune for shite work. European quality with decent prices pays huge dividends here.
 
Continuing my theme about setting up in the USA.

I had a Belgian bloke living over the road from me when I lived just outside Orlando, Florida. He, and his son’s, own a huge landscaping company in Belgium - putting together landscapes and then maintaining them. He bought the house in Florida as a family holiday home as a he was semi-retired letting his lads run the company. Spending lots of time in Florida in his new house he noticed that the small gangs of Mexicans who drive knackered pick ups did pretty mediocre work on large landscape projects as they didn’t have a clue. So he started to put some feelers out, got some nibbles, in the first instance he bought some of the crew over from Belgium, bought some gear and got to it. Most of the large scale commercial landscaping around Orlando, including the airport was his. He and his Belgian crew trained up locals to European standards. He made another fortune and retired again.

If you have a company in the UK you can set up a subsidiary in the US, piece of piss, get visas, etc, no problem. There is also a huge market for tree work in Florida. The rain and the sun makes the oaks grow more like weeds and they need constant cutting back to make sure they are hurricane proof. Then there is post hurricane/storm clean up work where you are billing insurance companies.

Food for thought.
 
Continuing my theme about setting up in the USA.

I had a Belgian bloke living over the road from me when I lived just outside Orlando, Florida. He, and his son’s, own a huge landscaping company in Belgium - putting together landscapes and then maintaining them. He bought the house in Florida as a family holiday home as a he was semi-retired letting his lads run the company. Spending lots of time in Florida in his new house he noticed that the small gangs of Mexicans who drive knackered pick ups did pretty mediocre work on large landscape projects as they didn’t have a clue. So he started to put some feelers out, got some nibbles, in the first instance he bought some of the crew over from Belgium, bought some gear and got to it. Most of the large scale commercial landscaping around Orlando, including the airport was his. He and his Belgian crew trained up locals to European standards. He made another fortune and retired again.

If you have a company in the UK you can set up a subsidiary in the US, piece of piss, get visas, etc, no problem. There is also a huge market for tree work in Florida. The rain and the sun makes the oaks grow more like weeds and they need constant cutting back to make sure they are hurricane proof. Then there is post hurricane/storm clean up work where you are billing insurance companies.

Food for thought.

I wish I'd known this 20 years ago...
 
NDArb/NCArb is still a sought after qualification these days.

When at Agric college in the early 90's studying Countryside Management the sought after qualification was also the 10 week Arb Association Tree Craft course, these days it shocks me how many tree surgeons do not wear chainsaw protection trousers when climbing.

In my day (24 years ago) using a chainsaw, as a Forester is was drilled in to you from day one: you're leg will not grow if you cut it off so always wear chainsaw protection trousers. They are lethal and still are to the user who thinks they are toys!
 
NDArb/NCArb is still a sought after qualification these days.

When at Agric college in the early 90's studying Countryside Management the sought after qualification was also the 10 week Arb Association Tree Craft course, these days it shocks me how many tree surgeons do not wear chainsaw protection trousers when climbing.

In my day (24 years ago) using a chainsaw, as a Forester is was drilled in to you from day one: you're leg will not grow if you cut it off so always wear chainsaw protection trousers. They are lethal and still are to the user who thinks they are toys!

Absolutely.

I became an HSE Inspector after I'd been a tree surgeon; investigation of chainsaw accidents aplenty, always either ignorance of technique or sloppy maintenance of the saw.

I treated chainsaws like weapons, with drills i never deviated from, not once.


They need tret with great respect.
 
NDArb/NCArb is still a sought after qualification these days.

When at Agric college in the early 90's studying Countryside Management the sought after qualification was also the 10 week Arb Association Tree Craft course, these days it shocks me how many tree surgeons do not wear chainsaw protection trousers when climbing.

In my day (24 years ago) using a chainsaw, as a Forester is was drilled in to you from day one: you're leg will not grow if you cut it off so always wear chainsaw protection trousers. They are lethal and still are to the user who thinks they are toys!
In my experience when hiring qualified they wear the lot. It is only the unqualified or knobheads who do not.

I employed one lot in Florida to cut back all the trees all in jeans and t-shirts with the smallest petrol chainsaws you can get. They looked like they were juggling the bloody chainsaws, no elves in sight anywhere. An hour into the job I hear some kerfuffle, vehicle doors slamming and a pickup takes off. I go out to see what the problem is and am told one cut his forearm with his chainsaw - like it happens every day.
 

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