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Tree Officer OCC49579

Location: Kidlington
Company: Oxfordshire County Council
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Job details

Salary range: £27,741 - £30,451 per annum
Work location: Predominantly across the South of Oxfordshire
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 3rd January 2021
Interview date: Tuesday 12th January 2021 – This will be in person, at a location in the County.

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

We are currently recruiting for a Tree Officer to join our Tree Service.

About us

The Tree Service are responsible for ensuring public trees are maintained for the long-term benefit of the communities that they enhance and contribute to. Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for approximately 400,000 public trees along the ~4600km of public highway that we manage and maintain.

Our service works closely with a variety of departments and functions within the County Council - as well as the public, parish councils and other stakeholders - to deliver a holistic approach to tree maintenance and management to maximise benefit.

Although the Tree Service’s predominant function is to maintain Highway assets, we offer advice and support to other departments that have a responsibility for trees across the County Council’s land holdings.

About the role

Tree Officers are the Council’s specialists in all matters relating to trees. This includes arboricultural management and processes; dealing with enquiries; and resolving public complaints concerning the Council’s tree stock.

You will oversee and implement tree management covering approximately half the County in partnership with colleagues whilst ensuring a holistic 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.

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 team.

The post reports directly to the Principal Officer – Arboriculture who manages the Tree Service to design and deliver tree survey protocols and programmes to meet and develop a pro-active approach to tree management by implementing a cyclical inspection regime.

About you

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

Please read through the job description for more specific details on the selection criteria for the role to see how you, your qualifications and your experience can help us to deliver.

You will need to clearly demonstrate - by addressing each numbered bullet point - how your qualifications and experience meet each of the selection criteria in the Job Description, using examples where appropriate, in your application submission.

Rewards and benefits

It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.

We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?

Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Andy Lederer (Principal Officer – Arboriculture) by email

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete an online application form.

You will need to clearly demonstrate - by addressing each numbered bullet point - how your qualifications and experience meet each of the selection criteria in the Job Description, using examples where appropriate, in your application submission.

You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.

If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the Home Page.

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships.

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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