Tree Officers

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(2 Roles)

Location: Shute End, Wokingham/Home Working

Salary: Grades 7 to 8: £30,095 - £38,553 per annum

Contract: Permanent, Full Time, (37 hours per week).

Reference: 711983 / 711985

DBS Check: No

Closing Date: Friday 8th July 2022 at 23:00

Interview Date: Thursday 28th July 2022

The Tree Officers

Wokingham Borough seeks two passionate, self-motivated, and well-organised Tree Officers to work in our committed Trees and Landscape Team. You will be self-reliant and a good communicator, working with other professionals, (Landscape Architects, Planning and Enforcement Officers), to conserve and protect the borough’s arboricultural heritage, whilst helping achieve challenging government housing targets.

The council is currently producing a new Local Plan, a strategic assessment of Valued Landscapes and a new Tree Strategy. Trees and woodlands are a key feature of local landscapes, and the role of Tree Officer is, therefore, an important one.

The Borough

The Borough occupies a rich and diverse landscape stretching from the high chalk of the Chilterns Hills, around Henley in the North, to the sandy ridges of the old Royal Forest of Windsor at Finchampstead in the South. From the River Thames in the north-west to the burgeoning urban areas of Wokingham and Bracknell in the East.

Working at Wokingham

Commuting links are good with mainline rail access to Wokingham Station. The council promotes sustainable transport including a cycle scheme and staff car parking at reasonable rates. Flexible working arrangements are in place including working from home for a portion of the week. There is a contributary pension scheme, and generous leave entitlement which rises on completion of five-year’s service. There is a commitment to continuing professional development and your professional subscription will be paid by the Council.

Main duties

  • Work to conserve and enhance the borough’s arboricultural heritage
  • Help manage and develop the digital online TPO Register
  • Determine applications for works to protected trees, and emergency notifications
  • Assess requests for new TPOs and report to the Prioritisation Committee.
  • Make new TPOs to protect trees under threat
  • Manage and enforce unauthorised tree works, High Hedge and Hedgerow Regulations cases
  • Manage and provide expert witness evidence for Planning and Tree Appeals
  • Advise in-house Managers, Landscape Architects, Planners, Enforcement and Customer Service Officers etc.
  • Address issues relating to dangerous trees

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential:

  • Relevant degree, or lower qualification but with sound experience
  • Experience of tree survey and assessment
  • Knowledge the law as it relates to trees and tree protection
  • Good IT skills including Microsoft Office suite
  • Effective communicator at all levels
  • Full UK driving licence

Desirable:

  • Experience as a local government tree officer in the UK
  • Enforcement experience
  • Training and experience in use of mapping software such are ArcGIS or similar
  • Knowledge of high hedges law and hedgerow protection law

For an informal discussion, please contact: Fran Hobson or Chris Hannington on fran.hobson@wokingham.gov.uk or chris.hannington@wokingham.gov.uk

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. WBC is an equal opportunities employer.

To apply, please follow the link to the online Application Form. CV’s are not accepted.

How to apply:

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.

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Job Details

Company Name:  Wokingham Borough Council
Location:  Shute End, Wokingham/Home Working

Contact Details

Fran Hobson / Chris Hannington  Email: fran.hobson@wokingham.gov.uk