1. Job Vacancy

Arboricultural Officer                                                                                                 

Westminster City Council   

Job category   Planning & Development

Contract type  Permanent

FTE                  Full Time

Salary              £32,592 - £43,503 per annum

Grade              WC Reward Band 3

Location          Westminster City Council

Address           City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP

Closing Date   05/10/2018

Ref No             4523

Documents     AO Planning Job Description Aug 18.docx
Website           Westminster City Council Jobs & Careers

Full job description

City of Westminster
Growth Planning and Housing
Arboricultural Officer

Target Salary £32,592 to £43,503 Full time


Westminster is at the very heart of London and a crucial part of the World City. It contains instantly recognisable landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus as well as the capital’s internationally renowned shopping thoroughfares of Oxford, Regent and Bond Streets.

Our area comprises a rich mix of vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods including Chinatown, Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, St John’s Wood and Knightsbridge.  It is a place where trees are recognised as vital to London’s reputation as one of the world’s greenest cities, but also where there are constant pressures for commercial and residential development.  If you want to work for one of London’s leading organisations, and take on some of the challenges of managing trees in our diverse urban environment, we’d like to hear from you.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join our experienced team. You will take on responsibility for assessing development applications in relation to trees, and proposals to carry out works to preserved trees. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in other aspects of the section's work.

You will need at least a  level 3 diploma qualification in arboriculture or equivalent, and proven experience, ideally in local government. You will be well-organised with good IT, communication and diplomacy skills.  You should be able to set priorities and work to deadlines under pressure, and you should have a strong commitment to customer care, together with a sound knowledge of modern arboricultural practices.

For an informal discussion concerning this post please contact Barbara Milne on 020 7641 2922 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1. Job Vacancy

London Borough of Ealing , Two Tree officer roles

£32,637 to £34,113 p.a.

Grade 9

Ref: EJR008959

Ealing Council’s tree service is responsible for the inspection and management of over 90,000 trees growing within the highway, parks, and housing estates. In addition the service also provides technical, advisory and professional guidance to all Council services.

As part of the tree service you will play a pivotal role in implementing the Council’s tree strategy, carrying out cyclical inspections on the borough’s trees, monitoring our term arboriculture contractors, and responding to customer enquiries.  In addition you may be required to provide professional advice on development applications, protected trees and trees implicated with Insurance claims.

You will have experience of working within the arboriculture industry either in a similar local authority or practical role and a willingness to undertake continuous professional and personal development.

As a successful candidate you will have an appropriate and related professional arboriculture qualification (equivalent to level 3 or level 2 with the ability to reach level 3 within a specified time).  You will also have a full driving licence valid for use in the EU and access to a vehicle for use at work.

This role is subject to Ealing’s enhanced vetting process.

If you are interested in this role please apply online at www.ealing.gov.uk/jobs.  For additional information or any clarification please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Closing date:                                  12noon on Monday 29thOctober2018

Short listing:                                   w/c Monday 29thOctober 2018

Interview /test/presentation:       Tuesday 6thor Wednesday 7thOctober 2018


2. Job Vacancy

Arboricultural Officer at Tower Hamlets

Vacancy Reference Number: PLA00283

Closing Date:07 Oct 2018

Directorate:          Place

Division:               Public Realm

Section:                Clean and Green and Highways

Team:                   Green Team

Grade:                  SO1 - £30,012 - £31,764

Contract Type:     Permanent

Number of Posts: 1

Hours per week:  35

Benefits and Allowances

Essential Car User Allowance subject to authorisation

Pension Scheme 

Role Purpose

This role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced Arboriculturalist to work as part of the Green Team.

The successful candidate will work alongside the Senior Arboricultural Officer to assist with the strategic management and development of the Boroughs tree stock. This will include making informed tree works recommendations, providing technical advice to the Planning department on all arboricultural matters and responding to tree related queries.
Tower Hamlets Council is committed to maintaining and improving its green spaces across the Borough and the Arboricultural Officer will have a key role in implementing this.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for this role are:

  • Implement Tower Hamlets Council’s tree strategy
  • Carry out VTA and make tree works recommendations using Ezytreev
  • Provide technical advice to the planning department on all arboricultural matters
  • Respond to council departments, local members and members of the public regarding tree related queries
  • Organise new and replacement tree planting across the Borough
  • Monitor arboriculture contracts and prepare tenders
  • Liaise with and advise council departments and other public and private sector organisations on tree related issues.
  • Respond to emergencies and issue relevant tree works.
  • Implement and promote equal opportunities, including undertaking any training where necessary.
  • Implement and promote the councils health and safety policy to safeguard employees, contractors, members of the public, property and the environment.


You will have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in Arboriculture or an equivalent subject.

You will have the appropriate skills to correctly identify tree species, carry out visual tree assessments (VTA), make tree works recommendations and carry out amenity assessments of trees.
You will have a thorough understanding of trees and their management in the public realm, including an up to date understanding and knowledge of current arboricultural issues.

You will have experience working in arboricultural planning and development, including an in depth knowledge of relevant Planning Legislation and British Standards.

You will have experience planting trees in the public realm, including a thorough understanding of above and below ground considerations and correct tree species selection.

You will have good organisational skills and the ability to organise your own priorities and work independently.

You will have good written and verbal communication skills.

You will have a good understanding of IT and keyboard skills. The authority uses Ezytreev tree management software and a good knowledge of this would be advantageous.

You will have a good understanding of the positive impacts trees have and the positive role they play in environmental management and quality.

You will have a proactive approach in terms of promoting community and third sector involvement.

A valid UK driving licence and/or vehicle would be desirable.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion on this post, please contact Adam Armstrong, Senior Arboricultural Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Application Details

This post is open to the following types of applicants: Internal/ External/ Agency

If this role is available to Internal employees only, this will include agency workers but does not include independent contractors or Skills Match trainees

All applications should be made via our online application system, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted.

Internal employees should apply via the council's Intranet. External applicants apply via the Council's website www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/careers


How to Become a Member

Members can attend, for free, the LTOA meetings which are held four times a year and cover a wide range of tree related matters.

Click here to find out how to become an associate member