Organisation First Ecology
Location Somerset and UK wide
Hours Full Time, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday with ½ hour lunch break, equating to 37.5 hours per week plus any additional hours as required by the role
Position type Paid and permanent
Closing date Ongoing
Salary Competitive (£30,000-£37,000)
Contact name Helen Ward
Contact telephone 01823 652425
Contact email


First Ecology is an environmental consultancy committed to upholding best practice standards whilst also achieving pragmatic project outcomes. Our vision is to contribute to the creation of inspirational environments that are enjoyed and valued by people and wildlife.

To deliver services of the highest quality, First Ecology is committed to the recruitment and training of talented individuals with the expertise to provide technical advice and support on development, research, conservation and management schemes across the UK. We specialise in ecology, arboricultural and landscape services but routinely work collaboratively as part of multidisciplinary teams.

Due to our dedicated work ethic and positive approach, we have established a broad customer base which extends across public, private and commercial sectors. This affords a diversity of project types from minor habitat management tasks to participation in national development projects and ensures a varied and interesting project portfolio.

All profits generated from First Ecology operations are returned to the parent company, Somerset Wildlife Trust, to support their charitable conservation work across the county.


The Senior Arboriculturist role is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who enjoys and thrives on having variety in their working day. Each day will bring new challenges and interesting projects to apply your skills to and lead on. The role includes delivering a range of arboricultural consultancy and advisory services for a variety of projects and contracts; liaising with clients, contractors and statutory agents; setting and managing project budgets and timescales, undertaking arboricultural surveys and the production of high-quality technical reports. There will also be the opportunity to strengthen management skills by providing support to a growing team of arboriculturists.


  • Professional experience in a similar role within an arboricultural, or multidisciplinary, consultancy (a minimum of 5-10 years preferred).
  • An Arboricultural Qualification to NQF Level 5 (FdSc Arb) or equivalent.
  • LANTRA Professional Tree Inspector qualification (*optional)
  • CSCS card holder (*optional)
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Exemplary professional conduct.
  • Highly competent in the use of office programmes, and mapping software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal qualities consistent with First Ecology values


  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays and flexible working hours if required
  • Membership of the Arboricultural Association (or similar)
  • Paid training as part of an individual CPD commitment and the opportunity to progress professionally
  • TOIL system, with the potential to partially work from home
  • Pension
  • Work uniform
  • Company vehicle use
  • Working alongside a positive and friendly team


To apply send your CV and covering letter to The closing date for applications is the 28th March 2022. Interviews will be held the week commencing the 11th April 2022.

No recruitment agencies or previous applicants please.