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Derbyshire County Council

Ash Dieback Recovery Officer

Reference: JOB/22/02648

Job term: Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent


£29,184 to £32,389 – Plus market leading benefits package (see below)

We’re looking for an Ash Dieback Recovery Officer to join our Trees and Woodlands team within Derbyshire County Council’s Countryside Service.

Ash Dieback Disease is predicted to have significant landscape and ecological impact across Derbyshire in the next two decades. Mitigating the loss of ash trees has been identified as a priority within the County Council’s Ash Dieback Action Plan.

The role of the Ash Dieback Recovery Officer will be to identify woodland and non-woodland habitats within the Council’s own land portfolio and wider county that are at the greatest risk from the disease and develop management plans to maintain public safety and landscape character whilst minimising impacts on biodiversity.

This post will also act as advisor and enabler to partner organisations, landowners and members of the public for wider woodland management issues and work closely with the Million Trees Officer to facilitate new tree planting and woodland creation initiatives.

If you’re passionate about the natural environment and looking to join an experienced, supportive and dynamic team, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to be part of something that will really make a difference.

In this role you will:

  • Undertake woodland condition surveys across the county council’s estate and prepare an overarching Forest Plan that identifies threats and opportunities for improving the long-term health and resilience of our woodlands that maximises socio-economic and environmental benefits.
  • Prepare detailed management prescriptions for the county council’s woodland estate.
  • Submit felling licence, EIAs and grant applications on behalf of all council departments.
  • Prepare specifications for tender documents.
  • Project manage delivery of capital and maintenance programs for approved schemes.
  • Maintain accurate records for reporting purposes.
  • Work with external organisations and landowners to improve woodland health and secure funding for sustainable management at a landscape scale in line with the County’s Nature Recovery Strategy.

This list is not exhaustive, please do take a look at our comprehensive job profile for more detail.

We're looking for people who:

  • can work collaboratively with others and be open, friendly and flexible
  • are eager to learn and develop
  • have a positive 'can do' attitude
  • can inspire and support others
  • have a fondness of working with the public
  • are keen to improve the experience of our visitors


What we offer you:

  • ongoing commitment to your continuing professional development
  • Generous annual leave
  • flexible working scheme allowing up to an additional 2 days off per month
  • Generous local government pension scheme
  • Guaranteed incremental annual pay increases
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Discounts at selected county leisure centre
  • and much more!

Our Woodlands team is contractually based in Matlock, Derbyshire, but as part of our Modern Ways of Working programme we are currently working on a hybrid basis. There'll be an opportunity to discuss future working arrangements at interview.

We're also recruiting to other roles in our Countryside Team, for more information on these vacancies and the wonderful work we do simply visit; 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Ruth Baker

Provisional Interview Date: 14 July 2022

Closing Date: 3 July 2022

For further information and to apply click here

Closing Date: 03/07/2022  Location: Matlock/Hybrid

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