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Tree Officer (South) OCC615523

Tree Officer (South)


Salary range: £32,076 - £34,834 per annum


About you


Are you an experienced Tree Officer / Arboriculturist who wants a new challenge and the opportunity to deliver and influence tree retention and management across one of England’s most beautiful and diverse treescapes?


Are you recently qualified in arboriculture and are looking to start gaining invaluable experience to utilise and implement the knowledge that you have gained in education?


Are you passionate about shaping, influencing and creating new opportunities for increasing canopy cover?


If the answer is ‘YES’ to any of the above, then you could be the person we’re looking for to join our growing Tree Service.


Oxfordshire County Council recognises the need for action related to climate adaptation. Proactive tree care, tree retention and canopy growth of our tree assets will enable delivery of key objectives to aid resilience and improve the environmental benefits for residents and visitors across the County.



Rewards and benefits


  • Culture of flexible and agile working;
  • May be the opportunity for access to a County work van as part of your role, depending on demand and availability;
  • Technology to support agile working, where role permits;
  • 30 days’ holiday p.a. plus bank holidays (Increasing to 32 days after 10 years’ service);
  • Offer access to a Relocation Scheme, depending on circumstances and conditions, should you need to consider moving closer to or into the County from where you currently live. Further details are available on request;
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday;
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support;
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%;
  • Enhanced family friendly policies;
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel;
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


About our tree officer role


Your role comes with plenty of variety and is focused on caring for a varied and established tree stock, while identifying opportunities to increase canopy cover. You could be undertaking a variety of functions that include:


  • large-scale street surveys or site specific surveys;
  • ad-hoc inspections;
  • building strong working relationships with tree contractors to enable better outcomes;
  • interaction with the public and Council staff;
  • opportunities to create your own projects;
  • expectation to manage your own time to enable delivery of work;
  • ownership of an area for which there is personal responsibility;
  • access to a strong, experienced support network from the team;
  • identify tree planting opportunities.


You will contribute to the proactive tree care of Oxfordshire County Council’s tree stock by promoting the Tree Service and the benefits of trees to residents and stakeholders to ensure a holistic and consistent approach to tree care across the County. You will promote transparency and build trust with our communities.


The role will predominantly cover the area of South Oxford District Council.



Job details


Interview date: Tuesday 18/06/2024 – This will be in person at our Sutton Farm site in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire.

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent 

Closing date: Sunday 9/06/2024 at 23:59

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Basic DBS Check. 

Work location: You will have a based at Sutton Farm, Stanton Harcourt and you may be required to work from this location. We recognise the need for balance and therefore, agile working is offered as part of this role.


Please click here to view the Tree Officer Job Description and Selection Criteria.


For an informal discussion about the role and how to apply, please contact Joe Smith (Senior Tree Officer (Property)) by email

About us


The Tree Service are responsible for ensuring public trees under the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council are maintained for the long-term benefit of the communities they contribute to.


We are responsible for approximately 520,000 public trees across a number of site types that include approximately 4600km of public highway, various property, fire stations, council buildings and schools that we manage and care for.


The Tree Service works closely with a variety of departments and functions within the County to deliver a holistic approach to tree care.



How to apply


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the requirements of the job role and selection criteria, as specified in the job description. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form; however, it is not mandatory.


You will need to clearly demonstrate how your qualifications and experience meet each of the selection criteria in the Job Description, using examples where appropriate, in your application form. Please focus on addressing each numbered bullet point in the selection criteria.


If you experience any technical difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the home page.



Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

Our commitment to:
Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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