Base Location: Reading
Salary: £9.22 - £13.94/hour, depending on experience
Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time, 37 hours
About the Department
Operations are responsible for keeping the lights on; we are at the front line on the Network. If we find a fault, it is our responsibility to respond to the fault, and dispatch our skilled teams to fix it as quickly as possible. We work in all hours, and through all weathers, ensuring our customers are never without power.
What is the Role?
We invest millions every year to make sure that our network is in the best condition possible to minimise the risk of power cuts and to ensure the safety of the public by preventing risk of injury or electrocution. During high winds and storms, trees can strike our equipment and cause power cuts, and so we cut them down or trim them back to keep the lights on. As well as installing the latest technologies and carrying out regular maintenance, we have our in-house tree-cutting team to make sure that trees and vegetation are kept away from our overhead lines and equipment.
Being part of an extensive tree cutting programme, you'll help to ensure that during bad weather, trees do not fall on power lines. You'll work with a highly skilled team to clear trees and vegetation in proximity to our overhead transmission and distribution network. Working with safety at the forefront of all activities, you will work with your team to evaluate, prepare and carry out tree cutting works on a variety of sites.
What do I need?
You should ideally already have relevant NPTC certificate units for the use of chainsaws, and a qualification or certificates including NPTC UA would be a bonus, however not essential. Previous experience in tree cutting, forestry or arboriculture; similar capacity experience climbing would be highly advantageous.
You'll be the 'outdoorsy' type, comfortable working outdoors. Knowledge of the electricity network would be beneficial, however for the right applicant, full training will be provided.
A full, current driving licence is essential as travel will be required.
We're committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan and benefits package.
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Please be aware if you are successful, you will be required to complete our pre-employment screening process before joining SSE.
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