Arboricultural Consultant

Arboriculturalist Chelmsford, Essex, South East (United Kingdom) Full Time£30,000 - £36,000 (GBP)

Essex County Council

About the job

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

The opportunity

Place Services is a multi-disciplinary consultancy within Essex County Council (ECC) providing environmental and planning services to the Council, local authorities and other public bodies. Our purpose is to support the public sector to deliver its role in sustainable development. The purpose of the Arboricultural Consultant role is to provide effective delivery of arboricultural services to our clients across Essex and England.

The Arboricultural Consultant will advise on arboricultural matters, including: providing development management and policy advice to local authorities; BS5837, tree health and risk assessments and surveys; habitat management and creation and undertaking specialist tasks as part of multi-disciplinary projects.

The role requires a qualified, experienced and capable subject matter expert with good technical expertise, practical knowledge and understanding of arboricultural issues and of relevant legislation, policy, standards and guidance, as well as good client relationship, communication and information management skills.

Role Responsibilities:
• Accountable for the effective delivery of a range of arboricultural services including: managing a demanding caseload of enquiries in relation to trees/vegetation affecting the Public Highway, specifying management work and managing contractors; evaluating and carrying out arboricultural assessments (e.g. tree inventories) of limited scope and complexity; advising on medium and large scale simple, or small scale complex habitat creation and management projects, or habitat creation techniques; designing and undertaking standard arboricultural surveys (BS5837, tree risk, pests and diseases), including data capture, analysis and presentation; and completing specialists tasks as part of multi-disciplinary projects.
• Responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external clients and partners, to help ensure successful business outcomes, by seeking feedback to identify opportunities for continuous improvement, and helping to maintain a client-focused culture across Place services.
• Responsible for enhancing the recognition and reputation of Place Services through promotional events and activities, and by building internal and external networks.
• Responsible for tendering for low-value opportunities; management of low-value projects and contracts against approved budgets, specifications and indicators.
• Contributes to the review and development of legislation, plans, policy and standards, collecting, presenting and preserving evidence including case work documents (including for planning appeals and enforcement) to recognised standards, reviewing outcomes, and assessing third party compliance.
• Contributes to the execution of ECC and other clients’ responsibilities and duties of care in relation to trees, including for highways, schools, country parks and the wider public realm.
• Contributes to implementing changes to improve effectiveness and efficiency of technical service delivery.
• Contributes to increasing the skills base across the environmental and planning sectors through development and delivery of straight forward training activities and events and preparation of learning materials.
• Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Preferred Skills

The Experience You Will Bring;
• Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant subject, and evidence of post qualification experience.
• Qualified Professional Tree Inspector with good evidence of continuing professional development and membership of, or working towards membership of, relevant professional body e.g. M.Arbor.A
• Capable technical and subject matter expert, with knowledge and experience of: development management processes; planning policy, legislation, and enforcement standards and guidance; arboricultural assessments e.g. tree inventories; habitat management and habitat creation; visual tree inspection/assessment and valuation methodologies; BS5837, pest, disease and tree risk identification and survey; and related office and site-based practices and procedures.
• Able to work confidently and consistently without supervision across a range of activities, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, using a range of tools to effectively manage simple projects from concept through to completion.
• Demonstrable awareness of wellbeing and H&S, experienced producing and implementing standard risk assessments, and able to identify and implement safe working practices for self and others.
• Able to communicate and negotiate confidently and clearly, including the independent preparation of written technical advice, and at public consultations.
• Able to engage, influence and inform contractors, volunteers, clients and their customers, maintaining effective client relationships with demonstrable understanding of client needs and drivers, and good public interface skills.
• Ability to confidently use a range of common and bespoke software packages, including all Microsoft applications, GIS and/or other information technology tools (e.g. Keytree, Confirm, Ezytreev), to collect and present a range of evidence and data, and to independently carry out straightforward analyse and interpretation, with ability to interpret and analyse more complex data under supervision

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