1. Job Vacancy

Tree Officer at Kent County Council, Ashford

£28,413 - £32,495 per annum (salary dependent on experience) | Permanent Full Time, 37 hours per week |

An exciting career opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced individual to play a key role within the Highways, Transportation & Waste’s Soft Landscape Team. This role is fundamental in supporting the Soft Landscape Team in maintaining a high level of contract management and customer satisfaction.

The role of Tree Officer will cover all aspects of highway related tree management including contract management, monitoring and specifying works to address highway safety issues and programmed maintenance. A good understanding of tree related legislation will be required. 

You will have a strong background in arboriculture and experience of applying this in practical situations. You will also have been involved in managing tree contractors within a Local Authority framework, contract monitoring and reporting on performance data.

You will need to demonstrate good computer literacy skills and the use of data capture hardware in the field. You will ideally need knowledge and experience of Confirm or a similar customer service system.

The organisation prides itself on its gold standard level of customer care. You will be instrumental in delivering this service through high quality front line support. The successful candidate will need to be able to work both independently and as part of a wider team. Advanced supervisory, technical and communication skills will be required to enable the post holder to deal appropriately with customers, councillors, contractors, colleagues and a wide- range of stakeholders.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential.

To view and download the job description and person specification for this role


For further information on this role please contact Aubrey Furner on 07841 764049.

Interview Date(s): 30th and 31st July

Closing date: 19th July

2. Job Vacancy

Senior Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Tower Hamlets
PO3 - £37,650 - £40,653
Ref Number: PLA00243

Role Purpose

Tower Hamlets is a culturally diverse borough in which an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Arboricultural Officer.

As the lead tree specialist for the Borough the Senior Arboriculture Officer will take a strategic role in formulating tree policy in Tower Hamlets who will be expected to work as part of the team managing one tree officer. You will be responsible for the strategic management and development of the Boroughs diverse trees and woodland within the Borough where you will be required to contribute in formulating tree policy in Tower Hamlets as part of the Planning and Development process

The Council is committed to improving the quality of its green assets including trees, and the Senior Arboriculture Officer will have a key role in supporting this program.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the role of Senior Aboricultural officer are as follows:

Implement the Council’s strategy for the management and enhancement of the tree population and woodland in the borough.

Develop and implement a strategy for the management and enhancement of the tree population and woodland in the borough.
Develop, maintain and use systems for collecting, updating and manipulating data using Ezytreev system on the Council’s tree stock and Programme, schedule and undertake tree and site inspections, and surveys.
Monitor arboriculture, tree planting and other contracts and prepare, tender, let and monitor contracts for minor and ad-hoc works on behalf of Place, client departments e.g. Housing and Highways and other commissioning organisations and Liaise with and advise various bodies and individuals on tree-related issues.
The Council has a strong commitment to achieving equality and opportunity in both services to the community and in the employment of people, and expects all employees to understand and promote its policies in their own work, including undertaking any training where necessary.
The Council is committed to a healthy and safe environment and expects its employees to implement and promote its policy in all activities to safeguard employees, contractors, members of the public, property and the environment. 


You should have a National Diploma minimum Level 5 Arboricultural qualification or equivalent. You will also have appropriate skills in tree identification, be able to carry out surveys and assess the condition and visual amenity of trees.
A thorough understanding of trees and their management in the public realm, including sound knowledge of related legislation, codes of practice and risk management.
Suitable relevant experience of managing innovative tree services.
Sound organisational skills with knowledge and experience of the use of service relevant information technology

A successful track record of developing creative and sustainable tree planting and related educational opportunities including securing external funding.

Experience in managing budgets.

A proactive approach in terms of promoting community and third sector involvement

Good written and verbal communication skills are essential as are IT and keyboard skills. You will have the ability to organise your own priorities and work independently.

The authority uses Ezytreev and a good knowledge of this tree management system would be advantageous.
The ability to be a strong advocate for trees and the positive role they play in environmental management and quality.

Experience in planning and development work at a professional level.

Experience and knowledge of Tree Preservation Orders and UK planning legislation.

A valid UK driving licence and a vehicle available for work.

Additional Information

Interviews will be week commencing TBC.

For an informal discussion on this post, please contact Michael Hime, Green Team and Contract  Manager (Clean, Green & Highways) on 0207 364 2774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This post is open to the following types of applicants: Redeployees/Internal/External/Agency

 If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees

 All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.

Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/jobs_and_careers/council_vacancies.aspx 

Benefits and Allowances

Essential Car User Allowance or Travel Allowance subject to authorisation

Pension Scheme

Application Details


All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.

Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/careers

Closing Date:29thJune 2018


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