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Senior Arborist (Forest Management Section)
Flora Conservation Department

Job Summary

The post-holder leads the Forest Management Section of Flora Conservation Department to deliver tree management, forest restoration and wood waste recycling in the botanic garden, arboretum and nature reserve of KFBG. S/he reports to the Head of Department in looking after all tree-related matters, spanning arboricultural, silvicultural and ecological perspectives, to ensure a safe, botanically diverse and ecologically resilient conservation area.

The Senior Arborist actively manages three work teams, comprising three officers and twelve team members. In the context of arboriculture, the post-holder is required to oversee and supervise all tree assessment works and remedial action to safeguard public safety against tree risk. S/he is also responsible for the implementation of the conservation programme of exceptionally valuable tree species inside KFBG. In addition to arboriculture, the post-holder is required to coordinate all silvicultural operations, from planning and executing a variety of forest management practices, to maintaining and restoring a large area of secondary woodland throughout KFBG. As these arboricultural and silvicultural works generate a considerable volume of woody debris, the Senior Arborist is also in charge of running our wood recycling programme, to ensure that all woody debris is recycled through the production of biochar and wood chip. S/he is also responsible for handling the administrative aspects of the section.

In addition to working closely with the Head of Flora Conservation Department, the Senior Arborist will collaborate with the Senior Curator of the Upper Hillside Section and the Horticultural Manager in developing departmental programmes for plant conservation and ecological restoration. S/he should have extensive experience in work team and contractor management, sound arboricultural and silvicultural knowledge, excellent communication and documentation skills, and good working knowledge of the flora of Hong Kong.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead three work teams (Arboricultural Tree Team, Silvicultural Tree Team and Biochar Team) comprising 15 staff.
  • Arrange, supervise and steer all the arboricultural and tree risk management works within KFBG’s premises, including but not limited to routine tree inspections, advanced tree risk assessments, various tree works and mitigation measures, ad hoc arboricultural works, etc.
  • Devise and execute forest management projects to facilitate the restoration of secondary forests, by undertaking integrated silvicultural practices.
  • Implement in situ and ex situ conservation programme of exceptionally rare and valuable tree species.
  • Run and oversee the wood recycling programme to ensure 100% recovery, reuse and upcycling of woody debris.
  • Maintain and operate KFBG’s biochar machine in compliance with the Government’s legal requirements, applying for Government licences when necessary.
  • Oversee and manage external contractor works, including tender preparation, work supervision and monitoring.
  • Liaise with different external parties, such as government officials, NGOs, consultants, suppliers, etc., when necessary.
  • Provide job-related trainings and guided tours to internal staff and/or external parties as needed.
  • Handle all administration works of the Forest Management Section, such as compiling progress reports regularly, fulfilling KPIs, preparing an annual budget plan of the Forest Management Section, producing social media posts, etc.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in arboriculture, biology, ecological and biodiversity conservation, environmental science, forestry, or equivalent. Master’s degree in a related field would be a distinct advantage.
  • Professional qualifications in arboriculture, such as Certified Arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification of the International Society of Arboriculture, or equivalent.
  • Six years post-qualification working experience in the field of tree management and/or nature conservation, of which at least three years in a leading position.
  • Experience in work team and contractor supervision.
  • Sound working knowledge of the flora of Hong Kong, as well as the local contexts of arboriculture and silviculture.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in both Cantonese and English.
  • Physically fit for outdoor work, often in hot and humid conditions, for extended periods every week.
  • Valid driving licence (class 2).
  • Candidates with less qualification and experience will be considered as Arborist.

 

Application Method

Interested parties, please send your CV stating current/last salary, expected salary and availability, as well as a short essay or cover letter detailing your reasons for applying for this post, to the People & Culture Department, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden Corporation, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong or via email at pnc@kfbg.org