Tree Officer

Tree Officer

  • Location: Cirencester
  • Salary: £31,544 - £34,363 per annum,
  • Hours: 37
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 01 August 2021
  • Interview Date: 11 August 2021

Cotswold District Council


An exciting time to join Cotswold District Council – public service but not as you know it!  

Cotswold District is a great place to live, work and visit, and we are rightly proud of our businesses, communities and residents. We are busy recreating a council that’s pro-active and responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses in a fast changing environment. That means we need to be ‘fleet of foot’ and look for innovative and creative ways to deliver against our Corporate Plan priorities.

About the role…

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Tree Officer who will help to secure and promote the conservation and enhancement of the natural environment in the Cotswold District. You will encourage the understanding, protection, management and enjoyment of our trees and woodlands and their role in enhancing our towns, villages and the countryside and in helping to address the climate and ecological emergencies. 

You will provide technical expertise, advice and direction to internal and external customers on all matters related to trees and woodland when solving problems or managing risks.

If you are an enthusiastic, friendly individual and have expert knowledge within the arboricultural field then we would love to hear from you.

You will be responsible for:

  • Applying a high level of expert knowledge within the arboricultural field and managing sensitive, open ended and complex case or project based work
  • Providing specialist arboricultural input into planning applications and pre-applications; encouraging high standards of landscape design in new development – particularly the protection of existing and the planting of new trees and woodland.
  • Attending and advising the Planning Committee and the relevant Cabinet Members on tree and woodland matters, including the preparation and presentation of reports to these bodies
  • Serving, modifying and revoking Tree Preservation Orders and acting as case officer for tree-related applications and notifications.
  • Instigating or supporting enforcement action or prosecution in respect of illegal or unauthorised work.
  • Managing the Councils’ own tree stock.

You will need…

  • A qualification in arboriculture or a related field, equivalent to a degree and/or relevant experience of five years
  • LANTRA-accredited Arboricultural Association Professional Tree Inspection training (or equivalent)
  • A high level of knowledge, understanding and experience of all aspects of tree and woodland issues, particularly those relevant to the planning system and tree management.
  • GCSE Maths and English or equivalent to grade C/4 or higher
  • Experience of working flexibly as part of a team and collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders

Special Conditions…

  • Ability to travel

For more information about this role please visit our website to see the Job Description/Person Specification.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact: Sophia Price on 01285 623000 or email

Closing date for CV’s:  Sunday 1st August 2021 at midnight

Interview Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021

You will be employed by Publica Group Ltd which was created by four partner Councils (Cotswold District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Forest of Dean District Council) to deliver more efficient and improved services. 

Publica is a unique place to work – we are a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer-focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • paid for health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • paid for Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • cycle to work scheme
  • paid for access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)

These are just a handful of the benefits  that you can enjoy when you join us!

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page.

Alternatively, please email us at or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623319

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.

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