Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first
Join our award-winning Green Spaces team!
London Borough of Hillingdon has earned the title of the greenest borough in London after being awarded a staggering 55 Green Flags in 2019 - the most held for parks and open spaces both nationally and internationally! The Green Flag awards not only reward our clean, welcoming and community-orientated green spaces, but also highlight the commitment, dedication and hard work of our Green Spaces team, who work relentlessly to ensure our green environment, parks, open spaces and woodlands are some of the best in the UK.
We are now looking for an Arboricultural Manager who will join the team and play a vital role in our continued success with particular emphasis on maintaining and increasing quality tree cover in Hillingdon. About the job
As the Arboricultural Manager, you will manage the Arboricultural team and advise on a wide range of tree, woodland and landscape matters. You will be responsible for all matters relating to the council’s tree stock including planning applications, tree preservation and conservation areas.
Key responsibilities will include:
- The supervision, selection, development and performance management of the Arboricultural team
- Lead in the management of the council’s Tree Asset
- Manage applications for the felling and pruning of trees and woodlands protected by Tree Preservation Orders and assist with any resulting appeals
- Issue new Tree Preservation Orders, negotiate any objections / representations raised and investigate any breaches of TPOs
- Lead in the development of a Tree and Landscape strategy for the borough
- Organise, implement and monitor the tree replacement programme
- Provide advice on applications for planning permission and proposals for development affecting trees
- Producing reports for key stakeholders, including the Council’s Cabinet and Portfolio membersAbout the person
The successful candidate will be an experienced and knowledgeable professional, with a degree or postgraduate qualification related to arboriculture/forestry.
Previous experience of working in a similar or related field is also essential, alongside experience of supervising staff.
You will have a sound knowledge of UK trees, and the legislation and policy guidance surrounding planning, development and control procedures in relation to trees
Strong verbal and written communication skills, alongside presentation skills and an ability to analyse data, are all vital to be successful in this role.An ability to represent the Council at Court hearings will also be highly beneficial.
Finally, you will have experience of negotiation and have the skill to professionally and successfully deal with contentious matters. Additional information
The Green Spaces team are also looking for a Green Spaces Technical Officer who will contribute to the delivery of an effective, excellent, value-for-money set of green spaces services.
For more information about this role, please take a look at our advert: https://ig24.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_lbh01.asp?newms=jj&id=143308&
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement
- career breaks
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools
- cycle purchase scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
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