Tree Officer

Posted 24 April 2024
Salary £26.02 - 26.02 per hour
LocationGreater London
Job type Contract - Full Time
Job duration4 Months
Discipline Town Planning
Contact NameNatalie Swaine

Job description

Carrington West are assisting their local authority client based in London in their search for a Tree Officer within the Town Planning department. This will be offered on an initial 3-month contract, then rolling.
We are looking for an experienced Tree Officer with practical experience within a Local Authority. The key purpose of the role is focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for its communities. In this role you will ensure all development management decisions relating to tree and landscape issues comply with relevant legislation, the Development Plan, and other Council plans, policies and guidelines. You will also be responsible for investigating unauthorised works to trees and providing formal advice on planning applications / discharge of condition applications and other associated applications, and for regularly monitoring and updating the Council's Register of Tree Preservation Orders.
Key Activities:
·To provide a professional Arboricultural service to Council Officers, advising on all matters relating to the protection of trees and hedgerows within the Borough, including trees covered by tree preservation orders, those growing in conservation areas and protected hedgerows within the Greenbelt.
·To regularly monitor and update the register of Tree Preservation Orders and to maintain a GIS based database and mapping for Tree Preservation Orders.
·To exercise the Council's statutory duties, inspecting, creating, serving, confirming & defending all new Tree Preservation Orders under agreement with the relevant delegated authority.
·To carry out detailed appraisals of applications & notifications made under protected tree legislation providing recommendation on decisions to your line manager.
·To hold an excellent understanding of all matters pertaining to vegetation induced subsidence so as to correctly assess and advise on tree application decision notices, planning applications and the defence of the Council's position on both.
·To provide technical advice in relation to Tree related insurance claims in conjunction with the legal department, and to adjudicate in high hedge complaints in accordance with the relevant legislation.
·To have an excellent understanding of tree health and associated problems along with the ability to diagnose and assess the condition of a tree and advise a solution in accordance with best industry practices.
·To monitor compliance with arboricultural and landscape related conditions attached to planning permissions / legal agreements and manage the resolution of non-compliance.
·To raise public awareness of trees, tree legislation and best practice by providing training for council officers, councillors and other community groups.
·To investigate reports of unauthorised tree felling, and to manage enforcement action thereafter.
Although not mandatory, it would be beneficial to hold a membership or have eligibility for membership to a recognised related professional body (e.g. Landscape Institute / Arboricultural Association); possess the following Arboricultural qualifications & experience: Arboriculture and Forestry Advanced Diploma Level 3 or equivalent Certificated Lantra Professional Tree Inspection; and Experience in Tree Risk Assessment using a recognised methodology such as QTRA (Quantified Tree Risk Assessment).  Weekly presence on site is required (Fortnightly visits are a possibility).
We are looking to schedule interviews as soon as possible; if you would like further information or would like to apply, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
Carrington West Pay Rate - £26per/hour
Job Ref - 50318
Please call Cameron de Wit on 02393 876014 for a confidential discussion on this role, or email myself or our planning team if you are short of time to chat:

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