Leeds City Council owns and manages 1300ha of amenity woodland, ranging from large wooded estates, to small, intimate urban woodlands. The whole wooded estate is managed to high standards, providing as wide a range of multi-purpose benefits as possible to the City. Some woodlands are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which means that LCC has a statutory duty to ensure that appropriate stewardship is put in place and maintained annually. In recognition of these high standards, all LCC woodlands were awarded international certification through the United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) in 2011 and this has been maintained since then.
The role of Woodland Officer with our Natural Habitats section is a specialist role with the essential requirement of a degree or foundation degree in Forestry or Conservation. As Woodland Officer you will be required to produce whole site management plans, that comply with Government requirements for drawing down woodland grants (through Countryside
Stewardship Scheme); produce annual work programmes; manage forestry contractors on site and ensure that the requirements of the UKWAS are met in full. The post holder will also be expected to work closely with partner organisations such as Woodland Trust, Trees for Cities and Government Agencies, such as Forestry Commission and Natural England.
Previous experience of managing ecological projects or woodland management, survey and field work, combined with practical experience in forestry, arboricultural or similar, working in an urban countryside and greenspace environment are essential to the role.
1. To prepare and facilitate the operational delivery of strategies and
management plans for woodland, ensuring maximum attractiveness for visitors and long term sustainability.
2. To undertake the day to day management of woodlands, ensuring that they are integrated with the needs of their location, including sustaining good
communications with internal and external clients and colleagues.
3. To provide support in managing trees and woodland that are the responsibility of the Parks and Countryside service, in order to comply with efficient and safe practices.
4. To assist in the implementation of strategies and management plans for trees and woodland.
5. To lead and process funding applications as appropriate.
6. To undertake tree inspections, specify works and provide cost estimates and quotes, including bills of quantity as required.
7. To co-ordinate community groups, volunteers and public access to woodlands.
8. To manage and motive staff and volunteers as required, including ensuring that appropriate development is in place.
9. To ensure effective consultation mechanisms in order to develop the work of the Parks and Countryside service.
10. To compile and provide performance information that is accurate and timely as requested.
11. To represent the Parks and Countryside service at all appropriate internal and external meetings.
12. To fulfil duties in line with the Parks and Greenspace Strategy and related strategies and service objectives and in support of the aims of the Leeds Strategic Plan and Council Business Plan.
13. To undertake other duties as may be required from time to time.
14. To ensure the procurement of goods and services is in accordance with financial regulations, corporate policy and legal requirements.
15. Willing to take responsibility and abide by the Council’s Health and Safety Policy.
16. Willing to abide by the Council’s policies on equality and diversity in the duties of the post and as an employee of the Council.
Salary details: SO1 - £25,951 to £27,668
Employer: Leeds City Council
Contract Type: Permanent Appointment
Hours per Week: 37 (emergency call out will also be required on a rota basis)
Closing date: 26 October 2017
To apply for this position, please visit the Leeds City Council jobs site at
www.leeds.gov.uk/jobs (job ref. 16613).
We promote diversity and want a workforce that reflects the population of Leeds.