Tree and Landscape Officer
Wychavon District Council is a great place to work, with high levels of resident satisfaction and motivated staff who enjoy working with us. Located in South Worcestershire the district boasts a beautiful natural environment, a rich heritage and plenty to do and see.
We pride ourselves on being a progressive organisation who spends our time and energy on what we know matters to our residents and communities – things like creating jobs, keeping the streets clean, helping people feel safe and preventing homelessness.
Our staff are at the heart of what we do, and as a result we are always looking to recruit, develop and retain the very best talent we can find. That's why, as well as a satisfying job, we offer a range of attractive benefits, such as flexible working arrangements, generous holiday entitlements, a pension scheme, plenty of opportunities for personal development, and discounted gym membership.
We share a Chief Executive and a joint management team with Malvern Hills District Council. Whilst the two Councils retain their own political structures and distinct identities, the joint management structure allows us to maximise the opportunity to deliver a wide range of good value services to our customers and communities, and operate and develop shared services and partnership arrangements with each other and with other councils.
Tree and Landscape Officer
£28,672 - £32,234 per annum - 37 hours per week
This role sits within the joint Heritage Service which operates across the two Councils and comprises a team of specialist officers covering the historic built and natural environment. The role would be based in Pershore but working alongside your counterpart in Malvern.
This role provides a professional arboricultural and landscape service primarily to Wychavon but also Malvern Hills District Council together with members of the public and planning and construction industry as part of the joint Heritage Service, to include advice, assessment and determination of applications affecting protected trees and trees on development sites.
This role will be suitable for a qualified arboricultural officer with experience of operating within a local authority planning service. There will be opportunities to use your tree knowledge and skills in the provision of advice to a wide range of customers as well as supporting the Council’s Carbon Reduction plans through tree planting and other greening initiatives.
We would also look for all our employees to o demonstrate commitment to delivering the Council's values of great customer service, openness and accountability, innovation and improvement and fairness and respect.
Also to be responsible for championing and demonstrating the Council’s Leadership Behaviour Framework by inspiring, communicating, collaborating and empowering self and others and leading by example.
We are looking for someone with a recognised arboricultural qualification (Degree or HNC level) and with eligibility for membership of the Aboricultural Association or similar professional organisation to be the lead specialist in the provision of the tree service across the Wychavon area.
Skills & Experience:
You should be able to demonstrate significant experience as a practicing arboricultaralist, ideally within a local authority context as the role will involve the assessment and determination of applications for works to protected trees. Familiarity with protected tree and planning legislation and managing a challenging caseload within a planning and ITC context would be an advantage. As the work involves significant site based assessment, you must have access to a vehicle and be able to make unaccompanied site visits.
The role has the scope to contribute to a wide range of corporate initiatives and projects including tree planting and community engagement. Experience in this area would be beneficial.
To discuss the post or for further information, please call Jim Burgin, Head of Heritage Services on 01386 565366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 28 November 2021
Interview date: 8 December 2021