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Principal Tree Officer

£35,411 per year (ERYC Grade 10)
Term Entry
Type Hours
Full Time (37 hours per week)
Monday to Friday
County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA (Some travel may be required)
Closing date
Job closes on 9 April
Interview date
Interviews are To be confirmed
Service area
Service area: Strategic Development Services
Job reference
Job reference: PDEV000204
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The job itself

We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join our small, friendly, and professional Trees and Ecology team.

The East Riding of Yorkshire is one of the country’s largest unitary authorities consisting of the tranquil beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds to vibrant market towns and beautiful small villages. Trees are highly valued by our communities and people are passionate about their protection.

As a Principal Tree Officer you will have an interesting and varied workload spend most of your time working in this varied environment carrying out the statutory duties of the Council in respect of trees protected by Trees Preservation Orders and located within a Conservation Area. You will be working closely with planning officers providing, advice on planning applications as well as Council Members and members of the public.

A degree or diploma in Arboriculture or a related discipline is essential as is extensive experience and knowledge of trees, a significant proportion of which should be in local authority development management. Good communication skills are vital due to the high level of internal and external stakeholder engagement, as is the ability to prepare and present expert evidence at appeal and committee meetings. You will also have a detailed understanding of current legislation, policy, guidance and best practice in relation to planning and tree protection.

Professional experience and passion for the natural environment are essential requirements of the post.

The council is based in the beautiful market town of Beverley which is a great place to live and work (named as one of the top ten places to live in the north of England by the Sunday Times), with outstanding schools, attractive housing, a spectacular Minster and Westwood and with a vibrant town centre. Located close by is the historic Kingston upon Hull, City of Culture 2017, the East Yorkshire coastline and seaside towns together with the rolling Yorkshire Wolds all of which offer excellent opportunities for recreation.

If you feel that you meet the requirements of the role and are ready for a new and exciting challenge in a progressive and ambitious local authority, we would love to hear from you.

BENEFITS: Generous local government pension scheme, paid professional subscriptions, support for CPD and other training opportunities together with discounted leisure centre membership.

We also operate a blended working approach and flexible working hours, with a mix of office and home working to suit the needs of the business and employees. We may also be able to offer a relocation package dependent upon circumstances.


Want to know more?

Get in touch for more information.

James Chatfield
Planning Manager – Strategic Development Services
01482 393730
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Remote working

The Council offers many remote working opportunities as part of our commitment to providing flexibility wherever possible for our employees.

Pay and reward

The Council is undertaking a review of pay and reward as part of its ambitions to attract and retain employees by having effective pay and development structures in place to support modern ways of working and to support the provision of Council services which meet local priorities. Please note that the future terms and conditions of this post may change following the outcome of this review.

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Some travel across East Riding of Yorkshire may be required, applicants must be able to transport themselves.

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