Thursday, January 28, 2010

ISA HK/China --- Recruitment of Non- Civil Contract Arborist of HKSAR Govt

Dear ISA HK/China, TCHK Station Members & Public,

We are pleased to broadcast by request the Recruitment Information of the HKSAR Govt below for your onwards pursue. Details of the requirements are given in the attachment of this message.

As this message will be seen by every Arborist in our territory directly or indirectly, we encourage all those who will meet the requirements to go for it to help build our much needed Tree Management Office in HK. Your participation whether win or lose, will be a good exercise to test yourself against others for your own further development.

Therefore, may the best men & women win in this round of contest, & ISA HK/China looks forward to working with the appropriate candidates to install better Tree Planting in our territory, one tree & one Arborist at a time.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:44 PM
Subject: Recruitment of Non-civil Contract Arborist

Dear Hong Kong/China Station of International Society of Arboriculture,

We are pleased to announce a 2nd round of recruitment exercise for the engagement of arborists for the new Tree Management Office in Development Bureau will be conducted. Please find attached the job advertisement for the recruitment of the non-civil service contract arborist, which will be published on Ming Pao and South China Morning Post on 29.1.2010 and 5.2.2010.

We would appreciate very much if you would disseminate this email to your members for their information like last time, especially those who may have recently acquired the required professional qualification or requisite experience.

Thank you for your attention and assistance in the matter.

Development Bureau

Development Bureau
Works Branch
(Non-civil Service Vacancy)

(Salary: $55,000 per month)

Entry requirements:

Candidates should:

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

(b) have a qualification or certification offered by a professional institution or industry organisation on arboriculture after successful completion of examination or assessment process 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 the UK, European Tree Technician of the European Arboricultural Council, General Member of the National Arborists Association of Australia, or equivalent;
(c) have a minimum of three years of proven full-time practical experience in arboriculture, such as experience in tree risk assessment 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, with emphasis on preparing guidance documents on arboriculture, preparing or vetting tree risk assessment reports, supervising arboricultural work, and handling public education and community involvement matters; and

(d) have attained Level 2 or above in English Language in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) or equivalent, and can communicate in Chinese effectively, preferably with a Level 2 or above in Chinese Language in HKCEE or equivalent Note (1).

Note -

(1) For non-civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade E’ in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in previous HKCEE are accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 2’ in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and thereafter.


Successful candidates will be deployed to the Tree Management Office in the Works Branch of the Development Bureau to undertake the following duties Note (2):

(a) Providing arboricultural technical advice on or assisting in –

(i) the development and review of the tree risk assessment arrangements and the monitoring of their application,
(ii) the monitoring of the overall situation of tree removal and the handling of complex cases,
(iii) the formulation of standards and guidelines on tree management,
(iv) research on overseas legislation, practices etc. on tree management,
(v) liaison with the relevant local and overseas institutions on the latest scientific and technological developments,
(vi) duties relating to the Expert Panel on vegetation management,
(vii) the review of Government’s emergency response arrangements in relation to tree management, and
(viii) the handling of public education and community involvement matters;

(b) Supervising the work of an inspection team; and

(c) Undertaking any other duties as assigned in relation to the work of the Tree Management Office.

Note -

(2) Successful candidates may be required to work irregular hours and on public holidays.

Terms of appointment:

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

Fringe benefits:

A gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the full contract period with a consistently high standard of performance. The amount of gratuity payable will be the sum which, when added to the Government’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 any Public Enquiry Service Centre of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centre of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil 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 8 February 2010.

The curriculum vitae should include (a) grading of the subjects taken in public examinations from secondary education onwards (with exact dates of scoring the results); (b) details of bachelor degree and higher level (e.g. major subjects and class and division of honours); (c) professional qualifications obtained; and (d) employment records with detailed description of duties. Applications with incomplete or unclear information will not be considered. Candidates who 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 are unsuccessful.

Closing Date for Application:

8 February 2010

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/she will 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.