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Suffolk County Council

Senior Arboricultural Officer

Suffolk County Council, Ipswich IP1 2BX

£40,455 - £44,747 per annum (pro rata if part time)

37 hours per week


Closing date: 11.30pm, 26 June 2022

Reference: 4568

We are committed to offering types of flexible working options for this role.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant and long-lasting contribution to Suffolk County Council’s (SCC) work in making Suffolk the Greenest County.

In this role you will be at the forefront of developing a new, proactive approach to managing trees across the County Council’s estate and 12,000 km highways network and helping to deliver the County Council’s ambitious plans for tree and woodland planting to deliver biodiversity and landscape enhancement and support the County Council’s aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

We are looking for someone with the passion and drive to make a real impact on how we manage our treescapes for public good, including how we manage associated risk, as well as the technical knowledge and experience to develop and implement the necessary policies and practice. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, working across the Council, with other local authorities and with many other stakeholders.

You will be joining a County Council that is putting the environment at the heart of its corporate objectives, which are available here

This offer employees a great package of benefits and opportunities, which includes a flexible approach to work-base, though the role will require frequent travel around the county.

Your role

You will provide professional leadership across the County Council in the development and implementation of a corporate tree safety management policy.

You will enable a collaborative approach with SCC directorates, other Suffolk local authorities, partner organisations and landowners in dealing with risks associated with trees whilst maintaining and expanding tree cover across the county.

Your responsibilities

These will include:

  • obtaining and using tree survey and inspection and other data to inform the assessment and management of trees that SCC are responsible for
  • developing tree safety management policies and processes in consultation with Highways, Property and other directorates and supporting the establishment of systems and standards
  • providing arboricultural advice in support of the County Council’s wider services and functions, including planning and managing the council's response to ash dieback, acute oak decline, and other threats to tree health
  • providing technical assistance and specialist training to staff, contractors and where appropriate external parties
  • working with other Suffolk local authorities to ensure effective consistent provision of arboricultural advice and guidance.

What you will need

You will have demonstrable experience in applying your arboricultural training and tree management knowledge in a variety of settings and of applying a risk-based management approach, ideally at a treescape scale. You will have strong communication and advocacy skills, be able to work flexibly and be a good team player. Your passion and enthusiasm for positive outcomes from tree and woodland management and expansion will be evident in your approach.

Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body is desirable.

The team

You will be based within Suffolk County Council’s Natural Environment team but will be working across the County Council through a newly established corporate Tree Safety Management Group. You will also engage with a wide range of other organisations and individuals.

We will offer you:

  • a challenging and rewarding job – the opportunity to shape Suffolk’s treescape for the future
  • a friendly, supportive working environment with good benefits, including flexible working
  • the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team
  • the opportunity to develop your skills further and expand your experience.

Travelling requirements for your role

We positively encourage the use of technology to communicate, but in this role you will need to travel to locations away from your contractual base, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. If you require a reasonable adjustment due to a disability to meet the travel requirements of this role, please speak with the contact detailed below.

To find out more

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Tim De-Keyzer, Head of Natural and Historic Environment, on 07732 604171 or (01473) 264341.

How to apply

To apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 26 June 2022.

Due to the continued situation relating to COVID-19 and reduced occupancy in our buildings we are starting to explore and trial new hybrid and remote working practices. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed above.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

Closing Date: 26/06/2022  Location: Ipswich

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