Senior Tree Preservation Officer (Planning)

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Location: Solihull, West Midlands

Ref: SOL000004685

Salary: Band F, £38,553 - £44,624 per annum. Pay progression is subject to performance.

Hours: 37 per week

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing Date: 6th July 2022

Interview Date: 14th July 2022

Are you passionate about managing and working with trees and the natural environment? Do you recognise the value of protecting our trees and biodiversity and recognise the important contribution they can make to excellent design and local communities? If you answer yes to these questions then at Solihull, we may just have the job for you! We have a brand new and exciting opportunity for an arboriculturalist to join our Planning Service and help shape how we work with and manage our most valuable trees.

Why Solihull? There’s plenty going on to get you out and about in our beautiful borough. As well as supporting the growth aspirations at UK Central, Birmingham Airport, Jaguar Land Rover and the National Exhibition Centre, we handle the range of work you would expect an economically prosperous Metropolitan Authority to be.

We are currently negotiating the complexities of delivering a revised Local Plan and also working hard to deliver our climate change agenda, which includes an ambitious tree planting programme, carbon reduction measures and air quality improvements. Our growth agenda will ensure we are maintaining our historic and natural landscape, and delivering the design quality, community benefits and green and blue infrastructure that only the best development in the right locations can achieve.

With such a big agenda, we are after the brightest and best talent; commercially minded and emotionally intelligent. We are looking for candidates with experience and in-depth knowledge of how trees can add quality to modern developments, and provide vital benefits to existing streets, parks, gardens, public realm and our historic environments.

You will need:

  • A minimum of a National Diploma (NDip) in Arboriculture or equivalent qualification;
  • A relevant professional accreditation;
  • Detailed knowledge of current Forestry working practices;
  • Specialist knowledge of Arboriculture techniques; and
  • Ability to produce accurate, high quality work under pressure.

You’re going to need to be engaging, confident and passionate with a can do approach to your area of expertise to help us rise to the challenge.

In return we can offer:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment.
  • Flexible working including home working.
  • Annual leave starting at 24 days and rising to 29 days after 5 years’ service with 8 public holidays and the opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days holiday per year.
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles) with up to 24 days flexitime allowed per year.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities.
  • A range of family and carer friendly policies.
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

To apply (by CV and supporting statement) please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Mark Andrews – Head of Service for Planning and Design is available on 0121 704 6638 or at mark.andrews@solihull.gov.uk.

Closing Date: 6th July 2022

Interview Date: 14th July 2022

The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required.

This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: Not required.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

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Company Name:  Solihull Metropolitan Bourough Council
Location:  Solihull, West Midlands

Contact Details

Mark Andrews  Telephone: 0121 704 6638
Email: mark.andrews@solihull.gov.uk