Tree Officer (Local Government) - Hertford
About the CompanyAs one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consultancies, WSP brings clarity and vision to complex challenges. Our team of technical specialists and strategic advisers across the UK is part of a talented global family of expertise. Together, we ensure innovative solutions solve complex problems for our clients and the communities we serve, meeting both the needs of today and addressing the challenges of the future.
As the largest environmental consultancy in the UK, WSP takes pride in leading the way we collectively tackle the climate emergency. Working collaboratively with industry organisations, WSP UK co-founded ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ which commits environmental services firms to science-based carbon targets and public reporting.
WSP UK is on course to become a net zero business by 2025 – an achievement for which we were named Global Good Company of the Year in 2019 – and announced in October 2020 a commitment to halve the carbon footprint of all designs and advice provided to clients by 2030, a first in the engineering consultancy sector.
About the jobIn today’s world it’s important to work for a company that has clear purpose, giving back to communities and supporting what is truly important in the world.
When considering a career move its vital to work for a business that is aligned to your values and goals, a place where you can belong. See what WSP stands for in 2022 and beyond…
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WSP are working with Hertfordshire County Council in a single, integrated team. This truly collaborative approach sees WSP and Hertfordshire colleagues working side by side to collectively deliver the full highways service to local communities.
This is a key role in the Highway Operations team supporting Hertfordshire’s Vision to be the County of Opportunity by delivering safe, reliable journeys, sustainably, whilst balancing the needs of the asset, network operation and customers, using the resources available.
Acting under the direction of the Highways Operational Manager and Assistant Highways Manager the main areas of responsibility will be:
Producing safety-based tree surveys with recommendations
Support in administering the tree maintenance contract and be involved in tree inspections and assessing the degree of hazard posed by trees
Provide expert advice to other groups across the highways service, as well as partnerships, Council Members, senior officers, communities, the media, Cabinet and Panels on policies, strategies and programmes
Dealing with and responding to customer and contractor enquiries
WSP recognises that work is only one part of your life and making time for other things is important – be that your families, friends, or yourself. Our hybrid working policy allows the flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home 2-3 days per week as well as collaborating in our contemporary offices across the UK.
Inclusivity & Diversity?
We want our people to achieve rewarding careers. At work we celebrate integrity and treat people with respect. We support each other and embrace diversity to create a place where people come together and do great things.
Our VIBE (LGBT + employee), Women in Leadership, CREED (Championing Racial Equality and Ethnic Diversity), WSP Connect (visible and non-visible disabilities) and our Gender Balance Group help us promote the right environment for you to reach your full potential. Belonging@WSP.
Health & Wellbeing?
We are committed to supporting our people, giving you the tools to make improvements to your health and wellbeing through our Thrive programme.
Med24 gives you and your family unrestricted telephone access to an NHS doctor. You can call day or night or have a face-to-face video consultation.
Flex your time?
For improved work life balance, WSP offers the “WSP Hour” which enables you to take one hour per day to do as you wish and make up the time earlier or later that day. We can also offer part time working, where required. New for 2022, is the ability to flex your bank holiday entitlement to suit you.
We appreciate that development and training is important to you and that’s why we have a supportive environment that invests in your development, whether that’s chartership, training or mentoring.
Preferred SkillsLevel Four qualification in arboriculture/Professional Tree Inspector qualification or equivalent degree in a related subject
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to influence peers.
The ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice accurately in spoken and written formats
Experience of Ezytreev and GIS mapping software
Ability to work unsupervised and make decisions on a day to day basis
Ability to drive and undertake site visits
Experience of working in a political and/or highways environment desirable but not essential
Ability to work well in a team environment and develop relationships with internal stakeholders
Excellent organisational skills
Flexibility, enthusiasm and commitment
Accuracy, attention to detail and timeliness
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