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Schools Arboricultural Officer

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/46135/25450
  • Published: Mon 05/09/2022, 16:19 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 19/09/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

The starting salary for this role is £32,173 per annum, working 36 hours per week.

This is a 12-month fixed term contract/ secondment opportunity.

The Schools Arboricultural Officer is a dual role working with countryside teams to oversee new tree planting within our schools portfolio to contribute towards our 1.2million tree planting strategy. From engaging with school staff to designing planting schemes and advising on species types, you will be the main contact to support the school through their planting projects, ensuring appropriate planting, increasing biodiversity and encouraging participation. As a dual role you will also be working with the wider Arboricultural team in delivering corporate tree risk management through VTA inspections, utilising digital property management records, tree inspection records, tree works data, whilst also applying your knowledge of tree biomechanics and decay fungi to allocate an appropriate risk rating to works.

Key outputs include:

  1. Principally, to provide advice to schools for delivering new tree planting on their grounds to meet their individual objectives. You will advise on species selection, after-care and maintenance, and overall scheme design. You may also be required to assist other community groups.
  2. Communicate with schools about their project progress, to keep them engaged and involved in the work and offer any support were needed.
  3. Coordinate and support community volunteers for tree planting events.
  4. Oversee delivery schedule ahead of planting days and liaise with contractors.
  5. Collate and provide a tree planting schedule, with plans, for the following year’s planting season.
  6. Collaborative cross-team working with colleagues across Surrey County Council as required.
  7. Assist the Arboriculturist & Grounds Maintenance Team with tree surveys weekly. This may be either a fixed weekly day or as required.

Work Context

The role reports into the Senior Woodland Manager with close links to other parts of Countryside, Land and Property, Planning, as well as the wider organisation and its partners. In 2020, Surrey County Council released its 1.2 million tree planting initiative for Surrey, detailing its ambition to plant 1.2 million trees by 2030. The team is delivering this strategy by both planting on its own land portfolio, and also working with partners and community groups to facilitate their planting projects.

The schools support, planting, and engagement work will be crucial to contributing towards our strategy to achieve greater participation and success with the education sector. This role also offers support to the Arboricultural and Grounds Maintenance team, who provide a comprehensive consultancy and operational service provision across arboriculture, woodland management, and grounds maintenance across the SCC property portfolio (excluding Highways). This post will provide support by carrying out cyclical tree inspections and risk management responsibilities.

The role requires the ability to work independently within a busy team, contributing towards our ambitious target. You must be organised and be able to prioritise your own workload to meet often challenging deadlines and have a flexible and versatile attitude when working with partners.

The team works flexibly through a mix of office, site, and home-based working. You will be required to visit planting sites across the County and liaise with residents, community groups and council members and attend public engagement events, as well as working with schools and pupils at planting events (this will require and enhanced DBS check to ensure safeguarding of children is maintained).

Both your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence the following attributes, skills, and expertise:

  • A Level 4 Qualification in Arboriculture and LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection certificate
  • Strong communication and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working with the public, including schools, community partners and diverse groups
  • Determined and resilient approach to completing tasks
  • Tree planting experience and expertise in aftercare and maintenance with sound working knowledge of BS: 8545: 2014 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape Recommendations
  • Tree inspection experience with an ability to manage arboriculture risk priorities and create accurate records of inspection, being confident in using digital data systems and technology to deliver this.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, both independently and within a team
  • Ability to plan your own workload
  • Good IT skills (including Outlook and Microsoft Office programs)
  • A passion for both trees and Surrey’s greener future
Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 05/09/2022. 

Interview date to be confirmed.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Debra Lee on 07773 242352 or by e-mail at debra.lee@surreycc.gov.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/46135/25450
  • Published: Mon 05/09/2022, 16:19 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 19/09/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £32,173 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

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