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Arboriculture Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/09/2018 13:28
£31,401 - £34,106
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Skilled Trade
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Employment Location:
Badminton Road
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Job details 

Closing date:
28 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

This post is one of two arboriculture officers for the Council delivering services in relation to the management of a diverse tree population on all areas of council owned land, as well as the protection of trees through the planning process.
The role is to provide technical expert advice and support, working with a range of internal, external customers and partners as part of a specialist team. Ensure that the Council’s statutory duties and policies are implemented and enforced and/or provide specialist technical input to Council policy making.
The role provides management of tree services for both Planning issues and the management of the Council maintained tree stock.
South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

To secure the protection of trees through the making and confirmation of Tree Preservation Order through delegated powers and where necessary by recommendation to the Development Control Committee.

Formulate, monitor and keep under review the Council’s environmental planning policies and supplementary planning documents relating to trees.

To examine, evaluate and determine under delegated powers, or make recommendations for determination to the Development Control Committee, in relation to applications for works to protected trees and notices of proposed works to trees in Conservation Areas.

Prepare reports to the Development Control Committee and Executive Member as necessary and be the main source of arboricultural advice and tree legislation for Members and Committees, as well as the public and community groups.

Provide advice to Development Control on arboricultural matters and compliance with tree legislation and guidance in response to proposals from developers on all relevant applications and development proposals.

Be the Council’s expert in relation to appeals against the making of Tree Preservation Orders, decisions on works to protected trees, and in respect of planning applications and enforcement cases.

Respond to requests from residents for tree works within the agreed Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Survey and inspect South Gloucestershire Council trees for health and safety using Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) and prescribe any recommendations for tree works if necessary. Specify and organise any tree works to current standards.

Provide arboriculture advice to all teams and departments within the Council, Councillors and Parish and Town Councils and Community Groups.

Project-manage and implement tree planting schemes, including identifying and assessing sites and species, relevant searches, designs and checks, and undertaking any necessary consultations.

Advise the Risk Management and Insurance Team on tree related subsidence cases, analysing investigation results submitted by claimants and compiling reports for use by our insurers.

Effectively manage the annual tree budget incorporating cost saving measures where possible, helping monitor the in-house tree gangs expenditure and quality where appropriate.

Selection Criteria


A degree (or equivalent qualification) in arboriculture or extensive relevant experience (proven track record in managing a tree asset stock)

Considerable experience in tree inspection

Considerable experience in undertaking tree related planning enquiries

Knowledge of Local Authority planning systems and processes

An ability to prioritise workload and to deliver to tight deadlines

Excellent IT and numeric skills demonstrating the proficient use of Microsoft office and other databases/software including GIS systems (for which training given where needed)

Full U.K driving licence.

Ability to achieve satisfactory outcomes from conflict situations arising from assessments and decision making process (eg when an enforcement action is taken against a tree owner)

Proven ability to communicate, influence and negotiate at all levels including, public, managers and local members

Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours


Relevant managerial qualification

Ability to supervise a small team

Additional Information

For an informal discussion please contact Simon Penfold or Chris Studley 86800

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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