Our client is looking for an experienced Tree Officer to join the business on a 3 month initial contract. This role will be based in central Bedford. Driving licence and vehicle required for regular travel.
Purpose of the job:
To manage and protect trees and hedgerows from physical development and provide tree/landscape advice to the Planning Service.
To advise and liaise with developers, applicants, agents (including arboriculturists) and tree surgeons regarding such proposals.
To maintain, review and update the Council’s Tree Preservation Order records and assist in the service of new Tree Preservation orders.
To act as professional adviser and expert witness in appeals and enforcement in
relation to trees, hedgerows and landscaping
* Deal with applications for consent to undertake works to protected trees and trees in conservation areas
* Provide expert tree & hedgerow advice in relation to planning and development applications and draft appropriate conditions where necessary.
* Contribute to planning policy in relation to trees and development and prepare policies, design codes/guides, leaflets and development briefs.
·Provide advice to applicants and their agents on planning applications, arboricultural reports, tree works and trees in relation to development. Provide a robust defence of the Council’s planning, development and TPO decisions and actions at hearings, public inquiries and in court and other enforcement proceedings.
* To analyse arboricultural reports submitted with planning applications and where necessary prepare briefs for work to be undertaken by applicants in relation to development proposals.
* Communicate arboricultural advice effectively (both verbally and in writing) to a wide range of organizations and individuals including Members, Parish Councils, other local authorities and service areas, applicants, developers, agents, arboriculturists, tree surgeons and members of the public.
If you are an experienced Arboriculture officer and available for a new contract in the Bedford area, please apply immediately.