Trees and Woodland Community Officer - Wirral Area

Forester / Arborist Wirral, North West (United Kingdom) Full Time£27,000 - £32,000 (GBP)

Wirral Council

About the job

Salary: £27,852 to £31,099 + Benefits
Location: Wirral, Warren Farm , Hybrid Working
Contract: Temporary
Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 25/06/2023 at 23:59
Reference: NS/23/242387

There has never been a more exciting time to join Wirral Council. We’ve got ambitious targets to meet and to achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are ready to deliver the very best for our communities and show how they can #BeTheDifference. Our vision is to secure the best possible future for our residents, defined by the community prosperity we create and supported by our excellent people and services. If you strive to #BeTheDifference and want to be at the heart of our change and improvement journey, then this could be the perfect job for you.

We are looking to appoint a motivated and passionate Community Engagement Officer to join our Trees and Woodland team.

In this role, you will be responsible for promoting awareness and appreciation of trees, hedgerows and woodlands within our community. Your primary objective will be to engage with local stakeholders, coordinate tree planting and maintenance initiatives as well as encourage and support local seed collection and growing.

We are looking for someone who is self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and experience of project management. You'll need need to be qualified in arboriculture, forestry, nature conservation, or a related field. You will have demonstrated experience in community engagement, ideally within an environmental or conservation setting.

A good knowledge of UK tree species, growth requirements and ecological significance is necessary, as is experience in co-ordinating volunteer programmes and leading teams in outdoor activities. Ability to work independently, as well as collaborate and build partnerships with community groups and stakeholders is essential.

Interviews are planned for the first week in July.

This is a great opportunity! An exciting time to join our team and be part of our ambitious journey.

Apply today and #bethedifference

Working at Wirral

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Our values are more than just pieces of paper on our walls! We’ve all played a role in developing these, so they reflect the immense pride we have in what we do, what matters to us, what inspires us and inform how we think, approach things and behave.

We believe in ensuring staff are well looked after, staff wellbeing is a priority for us. We’re serious about recognising and rewarding people for the great things they do. You’ll benefit from our track record of developing, growing and investing in our people.

We have a range of staff benefits including staff discounts, an excellent pension scheme which includes a generous employer contribution rate, immediate life cover and ill-health protection. We have a strong flexible working approach, hybrid working, family-friendly employment initiatives and an annual leave package starting with 28 days leave plus public holidays.

We have an inclusive, engaged culture, everyone has a voice, everyone is valued for their contribution and understands the role they play in delivering our strategic priorities.

Each voice is heard, each contribution valued. We embrace diversity in our workforce and recognise it is critical to our success. We support an inclusive culture that champions differences and nurtures a sense of belonging. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds, who share our values and our commitment to inclusion to apply for roles with us.

We want you to be your best at work, we create the conditions to help you thrive and we mirror this in our recruitment process. If you’d like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process to make it barrier-free and as accessible as possible please contact

Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.

It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council's Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.

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Preferred Skills


• Degree or equivalent in arboriculture, forestry, nature conservation, or a related field.
Knowledge & Skills:
• Knowledge of tree and woodland ecology, management, and conservation practices
• Excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to manage multiple projects
• Experience in community engagement or environmental education


• Familiarity with GIS and other mapping tools is desirable.

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