Tree Officer Wanted - Oxfordshire

Tree Officer Milton Park, Oxfordshire, South East (United Kingdom) Full Time£32,000 - £37,000 (GBP)

South Oxfordshire District Council

About the job

Tree Officer

The Tree Officer post forms part of the forestry specialists within the Planning Service, dealing with forestry and countryside matters. The objective of this post is to provide advice to the Councils’ and the wider community on all matters relating to trees throughout the districts.

Main duties and responsibilities

- To contribute to the delivery of the Council’s range of statutory arboricultural duties, including the administration of legislation relating to trees in Conservation Areas and Tree Preservation Orders, contributing to the management and updating of the Councils’ TPO portfolios
- Providing professional advice on the care and management of trees, and specialist tree-related advice to the Council’s Planning Service relating to small and medium scale development proposals, Town and Parish Councils, contractors, consultants, architects and agents and the public
- Promote the Council as a leader in the principles of arboricultural management by providing professional arboricultural reports, statements and written evidence.
- Acting as professional witness on behalf of the Council at Committee meetings and appeal hearings
- Giving on-site advice and undertaking enforcement for the protection of trees during construction works, working with the enforcement team to collate evidence, assist with PACE interviews and production of statements in pursuance of prosecution
- Dealing with consultations from the Forestry Commission relating to Woodland Grant Schemes and Felling Licences and keeping appropriate records
- Raising public awareness of trees and relevant countryside issues by making presentations to Town and Parish Councils, local groups and other organisations as required, and by writing articles for press releases for local newspapers
- In conjunction with the Council’s Countryside Officers, provide professional advice on relevant countryside and woodland management issues to contractors, external groups and organisations, and the public
Assuming responsibility for the forestry specialist in the absence of the Council’s Area Tree Officer

Your essential skills, knowledge and experience

- Excellent knowledge of tree related procedures and legislation as detailed in the Town and Country Planning Act
Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate ideas and information clearly
- Excellent numeracy skills
- Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to identify priorities
- Excellent customer focus
- Good computer literacy and the use of tree decay detection equipment and its associated software
- Ability and confidence to present at formal public meetings
- Ability and willingness to work under minimum supervision and as part of a busy team
- Current driving licence with access to a vehicle insured for business use

Your essential qualifications

- Level 4 Professional Diploma in arboriculture (or equivalent arboricultural qualifications plus experience)
- Experience of tree assessment prescribing appropriate arboricultural management
- Experience of work related to planning legislation relating to trees within the local government and commercial arboriculture framework

If you have the following experience or qualifications – it’s a bonus

- Experience and knowledge of countryside and woodland management
- Knowledge of landscape and green infrastructure delivery as a component of urban design
- Experience of Graphic Information Systems (GIS) and tree surveying data recording IT systems

Your style and behaviours

- Enthusiastic and self-motivated
- Good self-presentation and confidence
- Able to build strong working relationships, able to deal with a wide variety of people
- Direct and honest communication with all stakeholders
- Takes initiative for solving issues.
- Communicates messages in a positive and enthusiastic manner
- Commitment to valuing diversity and equality, respecting customers and colleagues
- Reliable and able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Diplomatic and tactful and able to maintain discretion in difficult circumstances
- Act as a role model

About us

Our vision and values are important to the councils, and we expect you to support them and embed them in the way we work.

Our vision

We are seen as being customer-focussed, approachable and business-like. We are honest and open and are renowned for providing high-quality cost-effective services.

Our values

- We act with integrity and show respect
- We are all accountable
- We are passionate about our business
- We strive for simplicity
- We love success

The benefits we offer

- A basic 24-day annual leave per annum, rising to 29 days after five years.
- Flexible working and annualised hours – a flexible approach to work that our employees love!
- Salary pays awards – most jobs give scope for a pay increase after six months or the following April
- A generous career average pension scheme which includes life insurance of three times your salary
- The opportunity to purchase a bike through Cyclescheme
- A salary sacrifices car lease scheme – a fully inclusive driving package for a fixed monthly cost
- Various schemes to keep you healthy
- We give you two days per year to volunteer within the local community.

Salary: £32,069 - £37,891 per year, Grade 5
Contract: Permanent
Hours per week: 37, full time
Location: Hybrid – Milton Park and homeworking

Closing Date: 30th June 2022

You may have experience of the following: Arboricultural Consultant, Arboricultural Officer, Tree Officer, Parks Officer, Landscaper, Tree Surgeon, Park Manager, Botanical Surveyor, Forestry etc.

Ref: 133 660

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