Assistant Tree Officer (Fixed term)
Oxford City Council
About the jobEnsuring the conservation and enhancement of the landscape of Oxford is managed and cared for appropriately is key to Oxford City Council. Trees form an important part of the landscape of Oxford and the historic city has a wealth of trees, many in truly outstanding locations such as the college parks and gardens. There are more than 200 tree preservation orders, 16 conservation areas and 13 listed parks and gardens including trees of a wide range of species in a diversity of habitats. However, there are also areas of the City that would be greatly enhanced by more trees. Development pressures and an aging tree population in the urban environment requires the City Council to apply robust and defensible arboricultural methods and practices to maintain the quality of the local environment.
In support of above we are looking for someone with drive, enthusiasm and initiative who can deliver high quality arboricultural and landscape advice efficiently and effectively. The current post holder is taking a sabbatical so this exciting opportunity is therefore available for a fixed period of one year.
Working in liaison with officers from a range of other disciplines, Councillors, members of other organisations and members of the public the successful candidate will be dealing with applications for work to protected trees, requests for TPO’s, giving advice on planning applications affecting trees and providing other specialist advice as needed.
A professionally qualified arboriculturalist with good oral and written communication skills and the ability to provide clear professional advice to a range of individuals who may have conflicting interests alongside having a passion for the enhancement of the landscape is key. Sound like you? Interested? If yes continue to Oxford City Council website to apply and download a full copy of the job description.
• Completion of at least a level 3 arboricultural or related, non-arboricultural qualification, accepted for Arboricultural Association Technician Membership grade
• Knowledge and experience of current legislation, policies, and strategies relating to arboricultural matters
• Good organisational skills and experience of managing own workload with minimum supervision and ability to cope with high workloads and pressure.
• Experience of undertaking site visits and VTA tree inspections.
• Ability and experience to exercise judgement, make balanced assessments and put forward rational, evidence-based recommendations in support of policies and legislation.
• Experience of direct dealing with customers and providing a high quality customer service. Good customer care and negotiating skills. Ability and willingness to deal effectively and efficiently with the whole range of planning service customers in particular.
• Strong oral and written communication skills to include writing reports. Demonstrating the ability to proactively build and maintain strong working relationships at all levels with internal and external stakeholders.
• Excellent analytical and decision making skills to analyse complex issues and identify and implement effective solutions.
• Computer literate with understanding of windows office tools, use of email, electronic calendar, spreadsheets and databases, such as Uniform and presentation packages such as PowerPoint.
• Ability to work as part of a team, including co-operating with other departments or outside bodies to provide advice on development management issues.
• Practical experience in the provision of arboricultural advice to customers in either the private or public sector for the purpose of the Development Management process
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