Senior Arboriculture Officer

Salary band: 6 - £30,435 a year

Eastleigh Borough Council is looking for a committed and keen Senior Tree Officer to join its award winning Streetscene Team.

You will oversee the management of EBC owned tree stock including devising and delivering an inspection programme. You will be responding to tree work applications, notifications and planning consultations, and have control of designated budgets. You will be responsible for providing advice to relevant sections of the Council. The role will include arranging and commissioning works as required, including supervising contractors, and liaising with external agencies as required. You will also be managing the Arboriculture Officer, supervising their work plan and ensuring their development.

This role will require you to be part of a standby rota, answering queries as needed (two weeks out of every four). Standby is compensated at £100 per week of duty.

To be successful you will have a minimum qualification of a National Diploma in Arboriculture Level 4 or equivalent experience in an arboriculture management role. You will have extensive working knowledge and practice of arboriculture, including tree identification skills, developing tree survey inspection methodology, undertaking tree surveys and tree protection legislation. Knowledge of land ownership and management through Land Registry and GIS and a proven ability to operate and adhere to health and safety procedures is necessary. You will be confident in overseeing contractors, and previous experience managing or supervising team members is desirable. An ability to work independently as well as part of a team is essential, as is good organisational skills and the capability to manage your own workload and time.

This role will see you come into contact with members of the public, arboriculture experts, applicants, planning specialists and Councillors, as well as other sections of the Council, therefore excellent communication skills are a must.

If you are excited by this opportunity and feel you have the skills, experience and attitude we are looking for we would love to hear from you.

At Eastleigh, we are committed to supporting and developing all our staff and creating a culture that is inclusive, innovative and enjoyable. We offer a good range of benefits and facilities.

  • Local Government pension scheme (defined benefits scheme)
  • Up to 28 days annual leave (dependant on local government service)
  • Excellent working environment
  • Good work life balance

Closing Date:          Friday 10 January 2020

Interview Date:        Friday 17 January 2020