Saturday, October 24, 2009

ISA HK/China --- Arborist Position in TMO

Dear ISA HK/China & TCHK Station Members,

ISA HK/China has been requested by the HKSAR Govt to broadcast the Recruitment Information for non-Civil Servant vacancy as Arborist in the attachment. This post is meant to work in the future Tree Management Office (TMO) which is to be set up soon in the HKSAR Govt.

ISA HK/China has seen this as a major advancement in our Civil Services structure to recognize the Arborist Profession as an independent expertise & ISA HK/China has always been in full support for the TMO from its initial concept.

Therefore, would all those who think they are eligible for this important position, please kindly follow the given details to apply as soon as possible. ISA HK/China looks upon this future Arborist in the TMO to correct & update the Tree affairs in HK to turn our trees into social benefits & not liabilities anymore.

Good luck to all you applicants & we look forward to seeing the appropriate candidate sitting on this post to work for us very soon.


Sammy Au
Station Manager

Development BureauWorks Branch (Non-civil Service Vacancy) Arborist (Salary: $55,500 per month)

Entry requirements:

Candidates should:

(a) have a degree in arboriculture or a related field such as botany,biology, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture, landscapemanagement, landscape science, or equivalent;

(b) have a qualification orcertification offered by a professional institution or industry organisationon arboriculture after successful completion of examination or assessmentprocess conducted within or accredited by the institution or organisation,such as Certified Arborist of the International Society of Arboriculture,Professional Member or Fellow of the Arboricultural Association of theUK, European Tree Technician of the European Arboricultural Council,General Member of the National Arborists Association of Australia, orequivalent;

(c) have a minimum of three years of proven full-timepractical experience in arboriculture, such as experience in tree riskassessment and management, pruning, plant nutrition and fertilisation,planting and care after planting, diagnosis and treatment of tree problems,cabling and bracing, or other services that relate to arboriculture, withemphasis on preparing guidance documents on arboriculture, preparing orvetting tree risk assessment reports, supervising arboricultural work, andhandling public education and community involvement matters; and

(d)have attained Level 2 or above in English Language in the Hong KongCertificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) or equivalent, and cancommunicate in Chinese effectively, preferably with a Level 2 or abovein Chinese Language in HKCEE or equivalent

Note :

Note -(1) For non-civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade E’ in ChineseLanguage and English Language (Syllabus B) in previous HKCEEare accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 2’ in ChineseLanguage and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and thereafter.2Duties:Successful candidates will be deployed to the Tree Management Office inthe Works Branch of the Development Bureau to undertake the followingduties

Note (2):(a) Providing arboricultural technical advice on or assisting in –(i) the development and review of the tree risk assessmentarrangements and the monitoring of their application,(ii) the monitoring of the overall situation of tree removal and thehandling of complex cases,(iii) the formulation of standards and guidelines on treemanagement,(iv) research on overseas legislation, practices etc. on treemanagement,(v) liaison with the relevant local and overseas institutions on thelatest scientific and technological developments,(vi) duties relating to the Expert Panel on vegetation management,(vii) the review of Government’s emergency responsearrangements in relation to tree management, and(viii) the handling of public education and community involvementmatters;(b) Supervising the work of an inspection team; and(c) Undertaking any other duties as assigned in relation to the work ofthe Tree Management Office.

Note -(3) Successful candidates may be required to work irregular hours andon public holidays.

Terms of appointment:

Successful candidates will be employed on non-civil service contractterms for two years.

Fringe benefits:

A gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the fullcontract period with a consistently high standard of performance. The amount of gratuity payable will be the sum which, when added to theGovernment’s contribution to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF)Scheme as required by the MPF Schemes Ordinance, equals to 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period. Twelve days’annual leave and full-pay sickness allowance and maternity leave, if applicable, will be granted. The benefits in respect of rest days and statutory holidays (or substitute holidays) will be granted in accordance with the provisions of the Employment Ordinance.

How to apply:

Application Forms [G.F. 340(Rev. 3/2008)] are obtainable from anyPublic Enquiry Service Centre of District Offices, Home AffairsDepartment or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division,Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from theCivil Service Bureau’s website (

Completed forms, together with a full curriculum vitae should reach the Personnel Unit, Development Bureau at 10/F, Murray Building, Garden Road,Central, Hong Kong (Enquiry telephone no.: 2848 2053) by 6 November 2009.

The curriculum vitae should include (a) grading ofthe subjects taken in public examinations from secondary educationonwards (with exact dates of scoring the results); (b) details of bachelordegree and higher level (e.g. major subjects and class and division ofhonours); (c) professional qualifications obtained; and (d) employmentrecords with detailed description of duties. Applications without complete or unclear information will not be considered.

Candidateswho are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation in about 4 - 6 weeks after the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications areunsuccessful.

Closing Date for Application: 6 November 2009

General Notes:

(a) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any post in the Civil Service.

(b) Candidates appointed must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region unless specified otherwise.

(c) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.

(d) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/shewill be invited to attend the selection interview without being subject to any further shortlisting criteria.

(e) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions / Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail together with their application forms.