1. Job vacancy

Tree & Woodlands Officer at London Borough of Bexley

Management Grouping: Place, Communities & Infrastructure

Team: Parks & Open Spaces

Location: Bexley’s Foots Cray Offices, Sidcup Kent, DA14

Salary: £24,267 - £29,223

Contract: Permanent / 36hrs per week

Closing Date:  26th March 2017 

About us:

Bexley is an outer London Borough with the best of both worlds, located between the hustle and bustle of London and the Garden of England, Kent. Within the borough we have award winning parks, open spaces and listed heritage sites.

Known as being one of London’s Greenest Boroughs, Bexley has approximately 14,000 street trees, 106 parks and open spaces covering 670 hectares. Bexley parks range from Lesnes Abbey Woods in the north of the Borough, containing over 65 hectares of semi ancient woodland - to old wet woodland fragments in Blacken. Bexley’s formal parks contain 1000s of standard trees of varying, species, ages and conditions. All planting, maintenance and tree works on Council owned trees are carried out by a third party specialised contractor on LB Bexley’s behalf and monitored by the Council.

As a Tree & Woodland Officer you will join the small Tree Section within the Parks & Open Spaces Team. You will be responsible for undertaking routine tree inspections across the Borough, recording the information onto the Council’s tree management system ‘Confirm’, making recommendations for works on inspected trees, issuing the work to the contractor, and managing the work to ensuring the correct specification is met. You will also be expected to investigate with a range of resident and business tree enquires and provided a response. The team also provides professional advice to colleagues in other departments, and often will undertake survey’s and arrange work for other Council department’s land holdings. 

The Role:

  • To support the Tree Section, to deliver the Council’s Tree services and responsibilities.
  • To deliver excellent customer service to both internal and external clients.
  • To accurately and routinely record all necessary data ensuring accurate and accessible tree records are maintained.
  • Seek and explore opportunities to increase both the size and the health of the Borough’s urban forest.
  • Undertake service responsibilities in the Borough’s parks, open spaces, woodlands, the public highways and on external client sites. Seeking to expand the number or external clients that the section provides services for and develop the full range of services offered.


We are looking for a self-motivated person who works well on their own and in a small team with a passion for trees and delivering high quality public service, you will also:

  • Have access to your own vehicle for getting around the borough
  • Possess a nationally recognised Arboriculture qualification, to a minimum of Level 3
  • Preferably with a Tree Inspection qualification, either as a specific qualification or a detailed component of a wider qualification and experience of inspecting trees to identify defects and problems and specifying appropriate works.
  • Be able to identifying pests, diseases and fungi that affect trees and understanding their impacts on different tree species.
  • Experience with working with the public/clients/contractors.

What we offer:

  • Relocation Package up to £8,000
  • Career average revalued earnings pension scheme
  • Performance related pay
  • Up to 23/25 days annual leave (rising to 27/28 after 5 years of service) plus bank holiday entitlement
  • Monthly car user allowance
  • Annual Leave Purchase Scheme
  • Opportunities for flexible working with excellent ICT facilities
  • MyChoice Staff Benefit Scheme – Includes Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, access to high street shopping vouchers and online discount codes.

 Please see the accompanying full Job description and Personal Specification for this post. If you would like to chat about this role please call Mark Taylor – Tree & Nature Conservation Manager 020 3045 3688. Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                                

Your Application:

  • Closing Date for your application: 28/03/2017



  • Anticipated/Interview date: week commencing 03.04.17


  • Details of any tests or knowledge demonstrations required at interview, will be outlined to those invited for interview.

This post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.

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2. Job vacancy



The Job

Established in 1996 our client is a broad based practice providing environmental services ranging from landscape design and master planning through to site appraisals, ecological surveys and arboricultural surveys and environmental impact assessment.

From offices in Kent (Head Office), the practice is involved in projects across the country, from London and the South East to the Midlands and the North of England.

The Candidate

As a result of an increasing requirement for arboricultural input and advice the client is looking to recruit a directly employed arboricultural consultant. Working on large multi-disciplinary projects as well as standalone contracts you will develop this specialism within the practice. Much of the work will involve BS5837 surveys, although the company also undertakes a lot of ecological work which may require an arboricultural input.  Candidates should be qualified to level 3 in arboriculture as a minimum and have previous technical experience within planning and development.

The package                                               

Salary will be negotiable depending on qualifications and experience, but is expected to be in the range of £35,000 to £38,000 pa.  In addition there is a generous range of benefits to include up to 35 days paid leave, private health insurance, training/CPD and a company contributory pension.  Although nominally based at their Head office in Kent the position could also be partly home based for candidates who are not local to the area.

For more information, including a detailed Job Description and Person Specification please CTC Recruitment. Please apply by 29 March 2017.

Tel. 01743 344466 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


3. Job vacancy



The Job

Our client is a north London Local Authority. The tree section is responsible for the management of a large stock of council owned trees. Each year they survey a percentage of the tree stock and produce a programme of cyclical pruning as required. Data will be recorded on a PDA and entered into tree management software.

To undertake the scheduled Tree Survey and ad-hoc tree inspections they require up to three qualified arborists, ideally with own transport (mileage paid).

The Candidate

 Candidates will need to have a minimum (2 year) level three qualification in arboriculture and be available circa April through to September.

The package

 Pay will range from £14.00PH (PAYE)  for a 37 hour week. PAYE candidates will also receive 28 days paid annual leave (pro rata)

For more information, including a detailed Job Description and Person Specification please contact CTC Recruitment. Please apply by 29 March 2017.

Tel. 01743 344466 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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