The starting salary for this position is £36,989 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.
We are looking for an energetic and focused Arboriculturist to join our growing Natural Capital team.
Surrey County Council's Natural Capital Group owns or manages over 10,000 acres of countryside. It also maintains over 2,000 miles of public rights of way and promotes visitor services provided on the Basingstoke Canal.
Working within a team of Arboricultural & Countryside professionals, you will provide effective tree risk inspection service to the Natural Capital Arboricultural and Land & Property teams, providing tree risk survey/inspection services and arboricultural advice to the teams requiring these services.
There are a variety of key responsibilities for this role which you will support and deliver on, including:
- To carry out programmed and reactive tree risk surveys and general tree inspections (development related) on Council owned/managed property across the county.
- To communicate with suppliers the required arboricultural/grounds maintenance works arising from programmed surveys, ensuring efficiencies and budgets are maintained.
- To communicate with members of the public, Councillors/Elected members, internal staff and contractors/external consultants regarding tree and vegetation management.
- To effectively maintain accurate tree survey/inspection records which demonstrate compliance with the corporate tree risk management policy and governing legislations.
- To develop, or input into corporate governing policies and standards in relation to tree management, grounds maintenance or 'Green Estate' management.
- Understanding of The Council's 'Greener Futures' strategy and the role trees play within this, particularly in relation to the various ecosystem services or Natural Capital value they offer.
- Understanding of the Council's current Tree Risk Management Policy.
To be shortlisted for interview your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence the following attributes, skills, and expertise:
- That you are qualified to at least Level 4 Arboricultural qualification and hold a valid and up to date LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection Certificate (3 day course).
- That you have experience in commercial arboricultural, horticulture and its management or have worked in a similar local government/public sector role.
- That you are proficient in site investigations, tree inspection reports/surveys, works programming, auditing and communicating in a clear and concise written and verbal style.
- That you can articulate tree risk management, arboricultural impacts & requirements on development, including landscaping enhancements.
- Be professional, knowledgeable and mindful of the sensitivities surrounding tree risk management and the role that green infrastructure plays in current society and the built environment.
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25/06/2023.
Interviews will take place on week commencing 03/07/2023.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) check will be required for this role.
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.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.