Grade 6- £31,557-£34,884pa 6 Month Fixed Term Contract (2 x positions available for a qualified Senior Arboricultural Officer).
An exciting opportunity has opened up for a Senior Arboricultural Officer within Havering Council's Public Realm Service. Working within a small team, you will be responsible for managing the Borough's 20,000 street trees, as well as trees in parks, open spaces and housing sites. With climate change high up in the national agenda, the team is committed to maintaining and increasing the Borough's tree stock to continuously improve the local environment for both residents and visitors.
Havering Council is a Local Authority located in outer-East London, and home to nearly 260,000 residents. The Council is responsible for an estimated 20,000 street trees, along with 250,000 in parks and open spaces and 4,000 in housing sites. Havering is committed to creating a cleaner, safer borough, and continues to identify new ways of funding the planting of more trees on its streets and in its green spaces.
About the job
With an increasingly joined-up approach to working, now is an exciting time to join a large and dynamic public realm service area that covers a wide range of functions that also includes parks services, grounds maintenance, estates services, waste collection and street cleansing. At the same time, you will enjoy the benefit of working within a small, talented and committed team of specialists.
With collaborative working between this post, two other arboricultural officers as well as colleagues in other teams and services, you will ensure the smooth running of Havering’s tree maintenance services, and protection of its valuable tree stock. Your responsibilities cover inspections of tree stock, the daily monitoring of this externally-provided service (including health and safety checks), responding to enquiries and complaints, keeping its customer service and other auditing systems updated, applying for external funding, and contributing to and overseeing planting projects.
We are seeking a self-motivated candidate with qualifications in an arboricultural or horticultural field, in particular:
- Professional Arboricultural qualification
- Recognised chainsaw certification
- Professional Visual tree Inspection
As a member of the wider Public Realm team, you will have an awareness of wider environmental issues. Your excellent communication skills will serve you when liaising with contractors, customers, councillors and senior officers. You will possess a keen attention to detail and be motivated to drive up performance.
You will be IT literate and confident using a range of software and applications including MS Office and customer relationship management systems, and be able to analyse and explain complex datasets.
Whilst management experience is not essential, you will be confident in giving clear instructions and guidance to both colleagues and contractors.
All staff are expected to adhere to Havering Council’s I CARE values and behaviours: Integrity, Creativity, Ambition, Respect, Everyone.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Jackie Ager at Jacki.Ager@havering.gov.uk
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role. CVs will not be accepted.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30th July 2021, however interest in this job may be high and we therefore reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
You will be notified if your application has been successful. Interview date to be confirmed. Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Helpdesk on 01708 432770
The London Borough of Havering is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Havering Redeployees.
The London Borough of Havering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.
Please view Senior Arboricultural Officer Job Profile