Ash Dieback Coordinator

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Location: Brighton

Salary: £27,741 - £32,234

Ref: orbis/TP/1548/13479

Closing date: 6 June 2021

Do you have a practical knowledge of Ash Die Back identification, management and control measures?

Do you have experience in woodland management and the production of woodland management plans?

Have you experience of procurement and tender processes and of managing contracts?

Are you successful at implementing significant land-based projects, comprising multiple work streams, over an extended period?

Can you demonstrate the ability to monitor and manage budgets?

Have you effective communication and negotiation skills?

If so, then this could be the job for you. Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking to appoint a professionally qualified and experienced individual to lead and coordinate a programme of measures to mitigate the risks to public safety resulting from Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea).

The post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation, communication and coordination of the Council’s Ash Dieback Action Plan; programming all works required to manage the spread of ADB and associated tasks including production of an ADB Action Plan, procurement and contract production, monitoring of budget, liaison with public bodies, stakeholders and internal groups such as elected members and any other Council department affected for the purpose of risk managing the expected decline in ash trees across the city while safeguarding the Council’s position.

As elsewhere, Ash Dieback is spreading throughout the city of Brighton & Hove and we will see the loss of many of our city’s ash trees. This will have a detrimental impact on our landscape and wildlife and a managed long-term replanting programme is desirable to maintain the fabric, vitality and quality of our countryside and urban areas.

Ash Dieback is a major environmental issue, which must be recognised and tackled by local authorities in the interest of public safety. Dead and dying ash trees pose risks to life and property and those public safety issues and risks need to be effectively managed.

BHCC is seeking to employ an experienced, full-time, Ash Dieback Coordinator to lead the Council’s response in effectively managing the adverse risks and impacts of Ash Dieback on public land and from private land (including land adjacent to public highways). Working in collaboration with the Council’s arboriculture service, external organisations and specialist contractors, the post holder will be playing a key role responding to H&S hazards resulting from Ash Dieback by coordinating a management programme to mitigate risk.

Duties of the role will include:

  • Responsibility for the organisation, collation and use of data on the spread of Ash Dieback citywide, obtained from records and site inspections, requiring familiarity with tree species and pathogens.
  • Maintain an electronic database to record Ash Dieback outbreaks and remedial works.
  • Accountable for the monitoring and reporting of the allocated budget for Ash Dieback and coordinating tree works within budget.
  • Procurement of specialist services in the management of Ash Dieback.
  • Actioning and reviewing tree inspection frequencies for ash trees under the remit of the Council.
  • Work closely with external organisations, neighbouring authorities and the general public in relation to trees and work to trees.
  • Provide effective messaging to the public of the threats of Ash Dieback and the Council’s Action Plan.
  • Ensure contractors working on behalf of the Council adhere to all current health and safety policies.
  • Investigate unsafe privately owned ash trees which threaten Council property and instigate formal proceedings against tree owners who fail to take appropriate remedial action.
  • As a minimum, candidates are required to hold a Level 4 certificate in a land-based subject or a professional equivalent qualification, a full UK driving licence.
  • Contracted working hours are 37 per week, Monday to Friday

We are seeking a thoroughly experienced, appropriately qualified and enthusiastic professional who can demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Experience in tree species identification, diagnosing tree dysfunction and disease (biotic and abiotic) and accurate identification of related pathogens
  • Practical knowledge of Ash Die Back identification, management and control measures
  • Knowledge of relevant Health & Safety and Planning legislation and statutory guidance, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of modern arboricultural and forestry operations
  • Knowledge of Procurement Regulations and processes including the production of contract specifications, letting of contracts, evaluating tender submissions and monitoring performance of contractors
  • Experience in the coordination of a significant land-based scheme or project comprising of multiple work streams and planning over an extended period
  • Experience in budget monitoring and management
  • Experience of the arboriculture and forestry industry with respect to operations and the management of trees
  • Experience of the planning and carrying out of tree safety and maintenance audits
  • Experience in woodland management and the production of woodland management plans
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to communicate with a wide ranging and diverse audiences
  • Practical knowledge of data capture, tree management electronic systems, GIS software and modelling to store, present and analyse data
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload without supervision

For an informal discussion, please contact Peter Small, Arboricultural Manager at peter.small@brighton-hove.gov.uk or on 07795 335712.

To apply for this post, please visit our website.

Closing date: 6 June 2021

Interview date: w/c Monday 21 June 2021

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

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Job Details

Company Name:  Brighton & Hove City Council
Location:  Brighton

Contact Details

Peter Small  Telephone: 07795 335712
Email: peter.small@brighton-hove.gov.uk