Technical Officer (Trees)

6000.00 - 21342.00 GBP Annual + - 23,111
06 Jun 2018
16 Jun 2018
Job Type

Supporting the Tree Manager to take management of the Council's treestock on to the next level, and be responsible for the strategic management and development of trees and woodlands.

Key tasks include:

  • Assisting in the management of the Arboricultural contract
  • Oversee the tree inspection regime, with reference to audit and quality control mechanisms, to guide risk management and decision-making. Inspection intervals are set by the database, based on a range of criteria.
  • Co-ordinate the tree planting programme, ensuring continuous development of planned planting in response to further information becoming available. Assist with the development of urban and community woodlands.
  • Organise and monitor the cyclical work programme by management of workflow and prioritisation of work.

You will have:

  • Recognised Arboricultural qualification to NVQ3 or similar (or working towards)
  • Experience of working unsupervised
  • Experience of working to targets and deadlines
  • Experience of inspection and record keeping
  • A valid UK driving licence and a vehicle available for work.
  • A strong commitment to the broader benefit of trees and woodlands in a city environment
  • Excellent communication and team working skills
  • Appropriate skills in tree identification, be able to carry out inspections and assess the condition and the visual amenity of trees

Exeter is the regional capital; a vibrant, dynamic and expanding Cathedral and University City. The population is set to rise to over 120,000 in the next ten years, and has significant concentrations of residential areas existing and planned in the Greater Exeter area to the east and south of the city.

Exeter City Council (ECC) actively manages over 200 hectares of publicly accessible open space. There is a wide and diverse collection of trees ranging from newly planted amenity and woodland species through to a majestic Victorian legacy, and the residue of ancient oak woodlands and hedgerows. Together these green spaces make up 9.5% of the total area of the city. Alongside a 'Champion Tree', (an ancient Yew in Heavitree churchyard), the heritage of Exeter as a source of tree varieties is preserved, including a multi stemmed Wellingtonia at the main family home of the Veitch family at Gras Lawn, and the Lucombe Oaks originating at Lucombe and Pince nursery in Alphington.

The City council is committed to improving an already robust and proactive approach to the management of the tree stock and the Tree Manager is expected to contribute to this approach. The majority of trees on Council- owned land are already surveyed, mapped, and logged on a Confirm database, as part of an existing inspection regime. Maintaining and developing this data will be an important element of the management of the tree stock.

The Technical Officer (Trees) will provide vital assistance to the Tree Manager in the strategic management and development of trees and woodlands, and in particular inspection regime management and tree planting schemes.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion on this post, please contact Paul Faulkner, Public and Greenspace Manager.

Benefits and Allowances

Essential Car User Allowance

Pension Scheme