Tree Officer

Tree Officer Kidlington, Oxford, Nationwide (United Kingdom) Full Time£27,000 - £31,000 (GBP)

Oxfordshire County Council

About the job

About you

We are looking for a pro-active, dynamic, innovative and motivated arboriculturist to join our service to help us deliver our aims and objectives across the County to benefit the landscape, environment and the communities we serve.

About the role

The role comes with plenty of variety and is focused on problem solving in an innovative way to educate and enhance decision making. The role includes but is not limited to: large-scale parish surveys; ad-hoc inspections; building strong working relationships with tree contractors to enable better outcomes for our communities; interaction with members of the public and Council staff; opportunities to create your own projects; expectation to manage your own time to enable delivery of work; ownership of an area for which there is personal responsibility with continuous support from the Tree Service.

You will oversee and implement tree management of Oxfordshire County Council’s tree stock with a focuson West Oxfordshire. You will work in partnership with colleagues in the Tree Service and the wider OCC Operations Team to ensure a holistic and consistant approach to tree management across the County. You will also deliver tree management in accordance with current best practice, legislation and the Council’s tree policy.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Andy Lederer (Principal Officer – Arboriculture) by email andy.lederer@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Preferred Skills

Essential Criteria (EC)
1. Formal Arboricultural qualification to at least Level 3 or equivalent.
2. Demonstrate experience in conducting practical Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) arboricultural surveys; determining 'risk' associated with challenging situations; showing the ability to make informed decisions when surveying trees in terms of current and future management; and prescribing works to manage trees.
3. Have a detailed knowledge of current best arboricultural practices and associated guidance documents, demonstrating experience of specifying tree works (as per BS 3998:2010) and demonstrate experience of effectively overseeing and managing tree work contractors.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of legislative requirements for the arboricultural profession, in the context of common, statute, and case law and show a good understanding of the Highways Act 1980 and how this relates to trees.
5. Demonstrate experience of delivering high quality customer service to a range of customers and stakeholders.
6. Report writing, data analytic skills and correspondence skills demonstrating the ability to provide clear and coherent information suitable for the audience concerned.
7. Showcase excellent communication skills utilising a variety of methods, such as face-to-face, email, phone, letter writing and others.
8. Demonstrate experience of working collaboratively across multiple disciplines within an organisation to provide positive solutions.
9. Have a full and valid driving license.
10. Demonstrate the ability to follow clear instruction.

Desirable Criteria (DC)
1. Experience of working in Public Service / a Local Authority
2. LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection
3. Demonstrate experience and knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and tree asset management systems.
4. Demonstrate a commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and be a Member of a relevant professional body.

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