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GBP £42,432 to £44,373 42432




Neighbourhoods & Housing


Planning & Regulatory Services

DBS Required


Contract Type

Fixed Term / Secondment - Full Time

Closing date


12 month fixed term contract / secondment opportunity

Hackney has a dense and complex built environment and an ambitious programme for housing delivery and the Council is equally committed to tackling climate change, increasing our biodiversity and making our borough a pleasant place to live.

Therefore, we are looking for a Senior Landscape & Tree Officer to act as the principal point of contact for arboricultural and landscape related issues within the Planning Service.

As Senior Landscape and Tree Officer you will lead in the active and continuous promotion of best practice to embed tree preservation, biodiversity and landscape at the heart of the planning process.

You will participate in guidance and policy making and negotiate positive design changes as part of the development management process to seek tree preservation and high quality landscape design.

In particular, your main duties will include, Processing applications for works to trees covered by Tree Preservation Orders and Section 211 notifications concerning trees in Conservation Areas; providing advice to members of the public and other stakeholders in relation to arboricultural issues within the planning context; leading on technical responses to planning application submission relating to trees and landscape, negotiating with developers and arboricultural professionals; making new and emergency Tree Preservation Orders as and when required as well as supervising more junior members of staff as required.

The successful candidate must have thorough working knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulations relating to trees in the planning context, excellent organisational skills and exceptional written and oral communication skills. You will have a relevant post-graduate qualification in architecture or landscape architecture, experience of working in a similar role in a planning context and eligibility for membership of the Arboricultural Association.

The post sits within the multidisciplinary Conservation, Urban Design and Sustainability team and has close liaisons with other arboricultural services within the Council with exciting opportunities for professional development. Hackney offers generous staff benefits, flexible working and an inclusive and diverse working environment.

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 the opportunity of working here excites you, please apply. 

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.  It is essential that you include a supporting statement (no more than 2 sides of A4),addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all the aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

Closing date for applications: 05 April 2020

Interview date: W/c 20th April

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.