Tree Officer

Runnymede Borough Council

Tree Officer

Job Details


Runnymede Borough Council


Runnymede Borough Council, Surrey




£31,997 - £39,424 depending on qualifications and experience




37 hours per week

Closing date:

Sunday 17 December 2023, 23:59 PM

Job Contact Details


Tom Coleman Fry


01932 425516



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About the role

Due to the retirement of the postholder an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Tree Officer to join our successful and friendly Planning team in enhancing our Environment and delivering high quality development. People living and working in Runnymede place a high value on the contribution trees make to an attractive Borough.

You will be responsible leading on tree applications under the Conservation and TPO legislation and making recommendations for new orders where necessary. You will provide professional advice to planning officers, Councillors, agents and members of the public in respect of planning applications, enforcement matters and pre-application schemes by considering the impact of a development on the existing trees and recommending new planting where necessary. The successful candidate will also play a key role in introducing new initiatives to enhance our service. Although the role is based in the Planning team, you will also provide an arboricultural service to the Council’s Housing team by advising on householder requests for tree works.

About you

The role requires you to hold an arboricultural qualification at level 4 or above. It is desirable if you have achieved the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection accreditation. Your qualifications will be backed up by your sound knowledge of current legislation, policy, good practice and procedures in relation to the protection and management of trees. Experience within a similar role is desirable but not essential.

You will have a passion for the environment, a ‘can do’ attitude, be organised and be able to work independently and as part of a team. You will have an understanding of customer care and have the ability to negotiate a positive outcome. You will have good self-presentation and have a calm manner and professional attitude. Experience of reading planning drawings and/or technical documents will be an advantage but training can be given.

You must have a full driving license and a vehicle available for work purposes, and be fully aware of health and safety requirements.

About Runnymede

Runnymede is an ambitious, passionate, and progressive council with a forward- thinking attitude and award-winning departments. As a Borough Council, we are committed to our four core values and goals which we demonstrate through our ongoing policies and projects. We are always keen to improve our services and welcome innovative and proactive individuals who are open minded and have a positive approach in supporting our vision.


  • Flexible working 7am-7pm (Core hours are 10-11.30am & 2.30pm-4pm) and Flexi-leave.
  • 28 Days annual leave, plus 8 days bank holidays and 1 extra day at Christmas
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Free Parking
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Cycle to work + further related discounts
  • Season ticket loan
  • Health and Dental insurance plan after 3 years’ service

How to apply

For more information on the role and to apply please visit: Runnymede Borough Council Jobs | Surrey Jobs

We are passionate about building an inclusive and diverse workforce and we welcome applications from candidates with a variety of backgrounds, skills and abilities. If it is difficult for you to apply online, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@runnymede.gov.uk or on 01932 425516 who will be able to assist you.

If you would like to find out more about the role or working with us please contact Tom Coleman Fry (Assistant Development Manager - Tom.Fry@runnymede.gov.uk)

Closing Date: Sunday 17th December 2023 at 23:59pm

Interview Date: TBC

If you do not hear from us within two weeks from the closing date you have not been successful on this occasion. Thank you for considering Runnymede Borough Council.

Runnymede Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults with care support needs and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You may be requested to present your identification at the interview stage and there will be several checks conducted during the onboarding process inclusive of an enhanced DBS check for specified roles.

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