Vegetation Operatives – Arborists – Arborist Team Leaders

About Coombes

Working in partnership with Network Rail and alongside other major contractors, Coombes provide a whole manner of off-track services, including vegetation management, on-track plant hire, ecological support, civil engineering and fencing– all while maintaining a focus on quality, safety and efficiency.

We have seen recent significant growth as a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail and are looking to recruit Arboricultural teams or individual Operatives to help us deliver on some exciting vegetation projects and provide a ‘Gold-Standard’ service that is second to none.

Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a positive 'can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service.  If this sounds like a company you would like to be part of, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

Following our recent successful and significant award on the Network Rail framework, we are looking for teams of experienced Vegetation Operatives, Arborists and Arborist Team Leaders.  These roles will primarily involve the safe removal and clearance of vegetation and trees.

Delivering excellent service to our client is what we are about at Coombes, and so we are looking for people who take pride in their work and complete tasks to a high standard.

Coombes take an active interest in the training and development of our employees, and provide real opportunities for your progression.

As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company and an excellent understanding of how to work safely, candidates should have some of the following competencies:

·        Recent experience as an Operative in vegetation in a railway environment

·        Personal Track Safety (PTS)

·        Chainsaw

·        Use of Chainsaw from Rope & Harness

·        Brush Cutter/Strimmer

·        Chipper

·        Fell and process trees

·        Controller of Site Safety (COSS)

·        Aerial Rescue

·        Lead Climber

·        Rope Access

·        Site Warden

Operating across south-central England, candidates must also have a full driving licence.

Salary: Vegetation Operatives: £90 per day. Arborists: £110 per day. Arborist Team Leaders: £130 per day. Plus ongoing support of competencies/tickets.

Working Hours: 40 hours per week

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

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We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

For further information about this opportunity please contact our Recruitment & HR Coordinator, Hayley Yeomans, on 01730 231761 or email


To apply for any of these opportunities, please forward your CV to or to our HR Manager at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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