Assistant Tree Officer / Tree Officer

Assistant Tree Officer / Tree Officer

  • Location: Cirencester/Witney
  • Salary: Up to £28,500 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience
  • Hours: 20
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 15 April 2018


Publica is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and committed Tree Officer.  You could be at the start of your arboricultural career (Assistant Tree Officer) or have considerable experience (Tree Officer).  You will deal with a range of tree related work from advising on planning applications and High Hedge cases, to managing Council owned trees and enforcement.


  • To promote the understanding, conservation, management and enjoyment by the general public of natural heritage, particularly trees.
  • To advise colleagues, Councillors and the general public on arboricultural and design matters.
  • To provide arboricultural advice at all stages in the Development Management process, including pre-application advice, determination, appeals, presentations at Planning Committee, condition compliance, to ensure high standards of landscape and arboricultural design in new development, including the protection of existing trees and the planting of new trees.,
  • To act as Case Officer for applications for works to protected trees; notifications to carry out work to trees in Conservation Areas; Hedgerow Removal Notices, High Hedge complaints and other similar applications and consultations.
  • To instigate or support enforcement and prosecution work in respect of any illegal or unauthorised work that affects trees, woodland or hedgerows.
  • To serve, modify, revoke or confirm Tree Preservation Orders.
  • To contribute to the preparation of relevant local plan policy, including the evidence base, development briefs and supplementary planning documents.
  • To manage the Council’s own tree stock. (Including: tree inspections; tree works specifications; contractors audits; management and monitoring of tree works contracts, data management)

This is a career development opportunity; the level of responsibility will depend on experience and qualifications.

 Essential requirements

  • Honours degree or equivalent in relevant subject
  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. Tech. Cert. (ArborA) (or equivalent)
  • Post-qualification experience required in a relevant arboricultural role
  • Knowledge and understanding of all aspects of arboriculture, including tree legislation; tree health and safety assessment; contract design and management; tree strategies and woodland management.
  • Knowledge of planning legislation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Data handling and IT skills (preferably including experience of using MS Office, Development Management databases)
  • Ability to handle a wide range of people with tact and clarity; good negotiation skills
  • Ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work pro-actively and independently
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Full driving licence and access to a car for work purposes

 Desirable requirements (* Essential for Tree Officer post)

  • * Relevant high level professional qualification, e.g. PD Arb (RFS) (or equivalent)
  • * LANTRA-accredited Arboricultural Association Professional Tree Inspection training (or equivalent)
  • Experience of project management, partnership working and budget control
  • Relevant qualifications (or experience) in Planning or other Heritage fields (i.e. landscape, biodiversity or conservation of the historic environment)
  • Experience of working in local government
  • Experience and good understanding of private, voluntary and statutory sectors

Successful Applicant

The successful applicant will be a willing team member, who is enthusiastic about their work and able to communicate tree issues to a wide variety of audiences from developers and Members of the Planning Committee to tree contractors and the public. The post-holder will be adaptable and able to work in a range of situations - lone working on site; attending public meetings; preparing detailed desk-based reports etc.  They will make judgements in a reasoned and evidence based manner, while being flexible in their approach. 

Please note:

  • To apply for this vacancy please email your CV with supporting statement; telling us more about your skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience and how they meet the criteria listed above. It’s important that we’re a good fit for each other, so we’d also like to know what’s important to you about working for Publica.
  • All successful applicants will need to provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK.
  • If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, unfortunately your application has not been successful on this occasion.


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