Arboricultural & Landscape Officer - BCP Council

Trees are the single largest natural asset that BCP Council manage.

We are aiming to strengthen our existing Arboricultural Teams in both Planning and Environment, with the addition of arborists in Planning to provide advice on trees with tree work applications and the development management process. We are also looking for arborists to advise on tree inspection and management in the Environment team

BCP Council is currently finalising its consulted Urban Tree Forest Strategy to underpin the need to care, support and invest in our trees. This is needed throughout our diverse network of streets, parks, and council-owned green spaces. It is also importantly recognises the impact we can all make as individuals, by planting, nurturing, and protecting trees and the significant role BCP Council, and its partners, will play over the coming years, and proposes the creation of the BCP Tree Charter, where everyone can play a key role. The creation of the strategy marks an exciting time to join BCP Council and realise delivery of the strategy aims and objectives.

Born out of Local Government Reorganisation in 2019, Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole have come together to form the 10th largest urban local authority in England. It is a place where culture and heritage meet innovation and modernity, village meets town, country meets coast, creativity meets digital, businesses flourish, and people thrive.

We welcome problem solving, creative, ambitious, and forward-thinking applicants to work flexibly and collaboratively across our organisation, and with our customers and community. We welcome applications from people who are who are qualified and experienced, but we are also keen to recruit people with tree pruning/management knowledge who are looking to further their career in local authority tree care. Mentoring and in house training can be given.

Key responsibilities in Planning Trees:

  • Positively and actively support, the Arboricultural & Landscape Manager and the team on tree and landscaping related matters
  • Deliver quality advice, skill and knowledge relating to trees and landscaping
  • Contibute proactively towards maintaining an efficient, effective and well respected team
  • Ensure that legal requirements relating to protected and unprotected trees are met through accurate and compliant administration of all tree work
  • Positively represent and provide expert advice relating to trees and landscaping to: Planning services, other Council services, Committees, Councillors, external stakeholders, appeals, enforcement investigation and legal cases

Key responsibilities in Environment Trees:

  • Positively and actively support, the Arboricultural & Landscape Manager and the team on tree and landscaping related matters.
  • Undertake tree risk management inspections
  • Liaising with aboricultural contractors to ensure work is carried out to the correct standard
  • Deal with both internal and external tree related enquires including liaising with the public, councillors, and other professionals.


For an informal chat about the positions please contact the Arboricultural & Landscape Manager on 01202 817911

About BCP Council

BCP Council provides services to a diverse community of 400,000 residents and employs more than 5,000 people. Our area includes over 15 miles of beautiful world-renowned coastline. We can offer career defining roles to transform and improve services. By working with us, you can help deliver a vision of a thriving, word-class, prosperous and inclusive place for generations to come.

Our Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package to colleagues. Find out more on support.aspx” style=”background-color:transparent;color:rgb(54,30,84);text-decoration:none;”>our website.

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which is to be applicable for all employees. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We are in the process of establishing a timescale for implementation and colleagues joining us will be included in these changes. This is expected to be in place in 2024.

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