Arboricultural Officer Wanted - Hounslow

Tree Officer Hounslow, London (United Kingdom) Full Time£46,000 - £49,000 (GBP)

About the job

Arboricultural Officer

Salary: £46,041 - £49,083 (plus 15% Market Factor Supplement)

Job Reference: Permanent, 36 hours per week

Job Reference: R0006559

 

About us at Hounslow

We’d love you to join us at the London Borough of Hounslow! Our people are deeply committed to providing excellent services to our residents, doing all we can to make lives as good as they can be.

 

We are an outstanding council, serving an outstanding borough. With brilliant, visionary leadership, a dynamic Cabinet and a can-do culture, we’ve built strong partnerships which have transformed how we serve one of London’s most diverse boroughs. Hounslow is the world in one place and full of potential.  We are stepping up for our residents like never before.

 

About our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

We live by five core values: Lead with Heart, Do New, Pass on the Power, Harness the Mix and Be a Rock.  All our work has equality, diversity and inclusion at its very heart, best articulated in “Harness the Mix”.  It's about breaking down barriers between our parts and people and unlocking the problem-solving power of our amazing mix of minds. We serve a diverse community, we have a diverse workforce and we are committed to being an inclusive employer.

 

We work hard to create representation across our workforce and leadership community, we have thriving employee network groups and our learning and development programmes help us lead, model and breathe ways of working that eliminate inequality, inequity, injustice and bias.

 

As part of this and under our commitments as a Disability Confident Employer, we make reasonable adjustments to accommodate our candidates.  There’s space for you to tell us what you need within our application form.

 

About the Role

An Arboricultural Officer plays an essential role in the preservation and enhancement of green spaces in the borough. They will lead in the arboricultural function of the Development Management Team assisting in the delivery of landscape proposals for major sites, process applications for works to protected trees and proactively manage and monitor the Councils tree register to ensure key elements of the Councils Green Recovery Strategy are delivered.

 

The post requires a candidate who has a passion for both preserving the boroughs green assets while delivering a built environment to achieve the council’s aspirations for a cleaner, greener borough and mentor other officers in arboricultural matters. The candidate must carry a caseload of tree applications and have the confidence and capability to engage with and advise developers, residents and senior officers in tree matters.

 

About the Team You’ll Be Working In

Hounslow are looking for an Arboricultural Officer to join their award-winning Development Management Team. The team are currently working on a wealth of planning applications critical to the social and economic wellbeing of the borough. We have high housing targets to achieve, new schools to place children in and need to create opportunities for employers who want to be in our well located borough. This must be balanced against acting on the boroughs Climate Emergency and with Green Belt, listed buildings, conservation areas and River Thames frontage that need protecting.

 

All this needs to be delivered while playing a crucial supporting role in delivering the boroughs partnerships and values.

 

About You

  • Able to carry a caseload of tree works applications and appeals and determine these within set deadlines in accordance with quality indicators. Able to work flexibly in a changing environment responding quickly to conflicting workloads and changing priorities.
  • Able to offer clear advice on landscaping, green infrastructure and climate change and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver on major planning projects in the interest of the borough and its residents.
  • Able to communicate in a sensitive and effective manner both orally and in writing and able to deal effectively with Members, the public, officers in other departments and outside organisations.
  • Able to demonstrate effective negotiation skills both inside and outside the authority, e.g. ability in engaging and negotiating trees works and landscaping schemes with complex competing priorities.
  • To maintain an up-to-date technical knowledge of tree related legislation, principles and practice including knowledge of climate science and planning law and impart knowledge to a team.

 

If the points below resonate with you, we’d love you to put in an application:

  • A passion for the green environment, how it integrates with well-designed places and how residents experience and interact with the environment around them
  • Enthusiasm for working within a team that seeks to find creative and pragmatic solutions to problems facing the borough.
  • A desire to proactively engage with officers, Councillors, residents and developers to negotiation best outcomes on schemes.
  • Devotion to tackling equalities where they exist within both the workplace and the borough in general.

 

Read more about the work you’ll be doing in the Role Profile.

 

When Interviews Will Be Held and Who to Contact

The key information you need about the role should be in the role profile, but if you have any further questions about the role, please contact:

Email: Matthew.Rees@hounslow.gov.uk

Telephone:0208 583 6623

 

Interviews for this job will be held during week commencing 5 August 2024.

 

Closing Date: 28th July 2024

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