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Oxford City Council

Assistant Tree Officer (Fixed term)

Ensuring the conservation and enhancement of the landscape of Oxford is managed and cared for appropriately is key to Oxford City Council. Trees form an important part of the landscape of Oxford and the historic city has a wealth of trees, many in truly outstanding locations such as the college parks and gardens. There are more than 200 tree preservation orders, 16 conservation areas and 13 listed parks and gardens including trees of a wide range of species in a diversity of habitats. However, there are also areas of the City that would be greatly enhanced by more trees. Development pressures and an aging tree population in the urban environment requires the City Council to apply robust and defensible arboricultural methods and practices to maintain the quality of the local environment.

In support of above we are looking for someone with drive, enthusiasm and initiative who can deliver high quality arboricultural and landscape advice efficiently and effectively. The current post holder is taking a sabbatical so this exciting opportunity is therefore available for a fixed period of one year.

Working in liaison with officers from a range of other disciplines, Councillors, members of other organisations and members of the public the successful candidate will be dealing with applications for work to protected trees, requests for TPO's, giving advice on planning applications affecting trees and providing other specialist advice as needed.

A professionally qualified arboriculturalist with good oral and written communication skills and the ability to provide clear professional advice to a range of individuals who may have conflicting interests alongside having a passion for the enhancement of the landscape is key. Sound like you? Interested? If yes continue to Oxford City Council website to apply and download a full copy of the job description.

Applications should be made via our online application system (no CVs please).

For further information and how to apply online, please visit

Coronavirus information: It is intended to conduct interviews via a video conferencing platform such as Zoom or Jitsi; please contact us if this is not an option for you. For most roles the successful applicant will be expected to work from home for the immediate future. They should ensure that they have reliable and secure wifi access; a suitable workspace and are prepared to undertake distance learning and training.

Closing Date: 16 May 2021

Interview Date(s): 31 May 2021

Closing Date: 16/05/2021  Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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