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Women of Active – Monica Jones

Women of Active – Monica Jones

When human resources expert Monica Jones first joined Active Tree Services in March last year, it was in a temporary capacity designed to assist with one of the company’s biggest expansions to date.

Her role was to help recruit around 250 EWP operators, climbers, scopers, and supervisors as Active increased its foothold in Victoria and western New South Wales.

By the time her six-week contract expired, it was clear to Active that Monica was an asset we could utilise indefinitely.

“When the six weeks finished, I thought I’d better start applying for full-time employment with job security rather than continuing with short-term temporary assignments,” Monica reflects. 

“But just as I notified Active I’d found a full-time job elsewhere, they offered me the role of HR officer in Adelaide, and it’s been a fantastic ride ever since.”

Monica came to Active with a background in human resources consulting and recruiting, working for government organisations like SA Health and the Department of Immigration and Border Force.  

These days you’ll find her in Active’s Adelaide office, assisting with all incoming HR related matters and recruitment campaigns that extend all over the country.

“I provide support nationally for all areas of employment ranging from recruiting to enterprise bargaining and award interpretation to assisting with performance management.

“It’s been a hectic year and I’ve really enjoyed the exposure to an entirely different industry and working with the different business units within the organisation.”

“This is definitely where I want to be. I see Active Tree Services as one big family that’s so much more than a tree company.”

The position has afforded Monica the opportunity to travel to locations like Melbourne and Darwin and has required her to navigate the many different rules, regulations and requirements that accompany each state and territory.

“The regulations in each state are so different, with varying requirements for ticketing, training qualifications and Industrial relations.”

She has also enjoyed the chance to get out into the field and gain an appreciation of the many varied employment roles that Active has.

“I did a field stint when I first started and got to see behind the scenes of the South Australia climbing crews and the scopers, which was incredible. 

“I also visited the Darwin powerlines team to participate in the initial phase of the enterprise bargaining process and couldn’t believe how different the working conditions and contracts were”.  

“To see what’s involved is so unlike what you imagine. When you understand the planning, risk mitigation and problem solving that goes on behind the scenes, it’s amazing.”

Despite the first few months of her tenure offering a major learning curve in an entirely new sector, she explains the support within the company was excellent.

“I never felt thrown in the deep-end. There was a great team culture and I found all interstate operations very supportive and informative when I was getting to know their business units and needs.”

In the months since, Monica says that support has continued in the form of ongoing training and development, and she’s thrilled to note she will remain with Active for the long term.

“This is definitely where I want to be. I see Active Tree Services as one big family that’s so much more than a tree company.”