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Landscape Officer (Arboriculture)

Employer
Maidstone Borough Council
Location
Maidstone, Kent
Salary
Grade 10: £33,476 - £36,580 + £5,000.00 Market Supplement + Car Allowance
Closing date
16 May 2022
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Pride in our Borough: A Borough that works for everyone

Maidstone is situated in the heart of Kent and is the county town. The urban centre has a strong commercial and retail base with good transport links but is set in a generally rural area, which includes the Kent Downs and the Kent Low Weald AONBs. The borough is fortunate to benefit from a richly diverse and valued landscape and has 41 conservation areas, over 1000 Tree Preservation Orders and 15 historic parks and gardens. In recent years Maidstone has experienced unprecedented growth and we are in a great position to shape this growth with a genuine commitment to respecting the character and heritage of the borough and achieving high quality design.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated professional to join the Heritage, Landscape and Design team, a small but busy multi-disciplinary team dealing with trees, landscape and the built environment.

We are looking for an experienced and professionally qualified Arboriculturist who is able to provide detailed advice and evidence on a wide range of tree issues.

Your varied workload will include dealing with your own caseload of tree and hedge applications, protecting trees, advising and providing guidance on arboricultural matters relating to impacts and effects of new development, as well as on other landscape matters, and taking appropriate enforcement action where necessary.

We need someone who is passionate about the environment and can work effectively with partners and customers and enjoys collaborating and negotiating in the context of environmental protection and new development proposals.

You will need to have a degree and professional qualification in Arboriculture (min NQF level 3), RFS Diploma (NQF level 6) or equivalent and be a member of a professional body such as the Arboricultural Association or similar. Good communication skills are vital, as is the ability to prepare and present expert evidence at Committee meetings, court hearings and public inquiries. A full driving licence is essential and ideally you should also be able to demonstrate experience of providing specialist advice within a local authority and planning context.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the post and are ready for a new and exciting challenge in a progressive ambitious Local Authority, then we’d like to hear from you.

The Council considers that all roles should be able to communicate clearly and concisely.

Maidstone Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employee and volunteers to share this commitment.

This is a full time position on a permanent contract with opportunities for home and office working under the Council’s new hybrid working arrangements.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Deanne Cunningham on 01622 602721

To apply for the position please visit https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/jobs and complete the online application form or by phone on 01622 602555

Closing date: Sunday 10 April 2022.

Interview Date: TBA

Council Benefits: career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working (including opportunities for home working and job share), employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.

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