Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £43,701 to £48,747 43701 - PO3 - PO4
Contract Type
Permanent
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
No
Department
Climate, Homes and Economy
Service
Public Realm
Closing date
06/12/2022

Hackney Council has declared a climate emergency and is committed to creating a sustainable district. Use your expertise in arboriculture to enhance the well-being of the people that live and work in London’s most diverse, dynamic neighbourhood. Reaching from the Square Mile to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this is an area of rapid economic growth, particularly in technology, media, fashion and other creative industries. Hackney has more green spaces than any other inner London borough; some of the capital’s finest schools; first class transport connections; excellent public services; and thriving arts, cultural and retail sectors. We seek people with ambition, creativity and commitment to ensure our economic growth provides benefits for everyone and creates opportunities to transform the lives of residents.

We are now seeking the services of an experienced Senior Arboricultural Engineer to provide an essential service to the public by arranging new planting and managing and conserving the council’s resources of trees in parks and open spaces as well as trees on the public highway. You must possess excellent communication and literacy skills as you will be writing technical reports relating to all aspects of tree growth and be able to foresee potential problems arising from trees in the urban environment. You will also arrange routine and urgent tree maintenance arising from inspections and organise tree planting projects.

You should know how to manage tree resources and how to recommend the most appropriate works to ensure our trees are kept safe, manageable and healthy at all times, including previous experience of how to determine tree health from ground level identifying pests, diseases and structural defects. You should also know how to go about your duties in accordance with the Health and Safety Policy and the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). 

Your responsibilities will also include giving demonstrations and talks on arboriculture and woodlands to schools and other community groups, so you must be knowledgeable on the subject, eager to learn, presentable and with an enthusiastic, intelligent manner. 

You should be keen to use new technology to assist you in improving service delivery and personal performance, so the ability to use computerised software packages is essential. Previous experience dealing with the public, managing a large tree stock and supervising contracts and arboricultural work are required and you should have a National Diploma in Arboriculture or equivalent (min Level 3-4) working towards (Level5).

Hackney is one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. We have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Closing date for applications: 06 December 2022

Interview date: W/c 12 December 2022

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available: hackneyworksinfo@hackney.gov.uk