Team Leader - Proactive Tree Maintenance

Job No: NSYD196
Location: North Sydney

Salary Range from: $70,492.75 to $83,999.69 per annum (including allowance)

+ 10.5% superannuation + $1,000 pa transport allowance + Uniform Provided

76 hours per fortnight with a rostered day off


North Sydney Council administers the North Sydney local government area on Sydney’s picturesque lower North Shore. Our 400 employees look after 77,000 residents spread across 10 square kilometres of land on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour providing spectacular harbour views, beautiful parklands and a bustling CBD.

A permanent opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic Team Leader to head our Proactive Tree Maintenance team. The Team Leader – Proactive Tree Maintenance position ensures that the establishment and maintenance of public trees in the North Sydney Area are in accordance with the performance objectives, requirements and best standards as required by Council’s Open Space Division.

As the Team Leader, the successful applicant will be required to apply their knowledge of current and best practice arboricultural techniques in order to undertake reactive, routine and proactive tree maintenance work; in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner.

The successful applicant will also possess a strong work ethic and communication skills, with the ability to provide direction and leadership to your crew. 



  • Tertiary qualifications in Horticulture (Arboriculture) at Certificate Level III or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in arboriculture practices, with a focus on tree pruning and removal techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team in the role of Team Leader
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and people management skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the WH&S Act.
  • Well-developed negotiation, mediation and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Computer literacy.
  • MR Driver’s Licence
  • Current First Aid Certificate.
  • Chainsaw accreditation – Level 1
  • RMS Traffic control tickets – Blue & Yellow
  • General Induction Ticket (White Card)
  • Safe Work Near Powerlines Ticket


  • Qualifications in Horticulture (Arboriculture) at Certificate Level IV.
  • Chainsaw accreditation – Level 2.
  • High Risk Work Certification (Elevated Work Platform – EWP)
  • Chemcert Accreditation (AQF3)
  • Front End Loader experience
  • High Risk Work - Dogging Licence
  • Vaccinated against COVID-19


Why work at North Sydney Council?

We're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams are reflective of the communities in which we operate, and we value the unique contribution each member makes to the North Sydney Council. The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing.

North Sydney Council as an employer offers excellent employee benefits such as:

  • Easy accessibility to work with spectacular harbour view work locations
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 35-hour working week for indoor workers or fortnightly RDO’s for outdoor workers
  • Flexible working hours with access to flexi-time
  • Freedom to direct contributions to any compliant superannuation fund
  • A holistic health and well-being program offering exercise classes, flu vaccinations, skin checks, a touch football team, weekly fruit deliveries, health seminars and more
  • Health and Well-being programs for all employees such as Yoga, Pilates, Kick Boxing
  • Access to employee recognition and reward program
  • Weekly fruit baskets
  • Free access to counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Free financial advice by a certified Financial Planner
  • Monetary transport allowance
  • Invitations to local government events, training and planning sessions
  • Access to corporate social events at picturesque harbour locations
  • Casual dress days in support of charities and not-for-profit organisations


How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and answer the selection criteria questions below. 


To view the Position Description, Click Here 


Closing Date: 12 August 2022 - 11.30pm 


North Sydney Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity in order to  provide a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. North Sydney Council  also adheres  to the principles of a child safe organisation and is committed to the care and protection of all children and young people. We strongly encourage candidates from wide-ranging backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply. 

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Privacy Acknowledgment

North Sydney Council is collecting personal information from you as part of the recruitment and selection process. Council is committed to protecting your personal information and our policy on privacy and personal information represents local government best practice. North Sydney Council is an agency under definition of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

Council will also comply with the Health Privacy Principles in the following ways:

  • Your vaccination status will only be used for business purposes and for application as required under Council’s COVIDSafe Plan/s.
  • To ensure accuracy, Council will only accept information regarding your vaccination status from you.
  • Your vaccination status may be shared with other Council Officers for work purposes such as ensuring compliance with the Covid Safe Plan, ensuring compliance with legislation and for the allocation of work tasks and locations.
  • Your vaccination status will be held in Council’s HR System. This will be recorded in a similar way to how we record other information such as medical certificates.
  • Where Council does not know your vaccination status you may be required to comply with certain restrictions that apply at the time and as required by Council Policy or COVIDSafe Plan.

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About Us

With a cohort of approximately 400 permanent (full time and part time) employees, we consider ourselves not too big, not too small - just right! At North Sydney Council we're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams value the unique contribution each member makes, and genuinely strives towards making North Sydney Council a fun place to work! The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing. Our commitment to our staff at North Sydney Council is: To optimise employee performance in an enjoyable, safe, fair and equitable workplace