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Assistant Tree and Woodland Officer

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Ipswich
Salary Additional Information * £20,903 (pro rata for part time) * 37 hours per week (part time working may be considered) * Fixed term / Secondment (2 years’ funding)
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Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Company Name Suffolk County Council
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A great opportunity for someone looking to gain a variety of environmental experience and skills in helping maintain and further develop a successful partnership between Suffolk County Council, The Woodland Trust and The Suffolk Tree Warden Network to deliver tree and hedge planting initiatives across the Eastern Claylands Project area of Suffolk.

The role will be based in Suffolk and involve travel around the county and occasionally further afield. It will suit someone early in their environmental career, with at least some good volunteering experience and relevant educational qualifications, but more importantly with a passion for making a positive difference to the environment, and a commitment to learning and getting involved in lots of different activities to help the partnership succeed.  

Your role

You will assist with the delivery of tree and woodland conservation outcomes through creation, restoration, and sustainable management of native wooded habitats on land outside the Woodland Trust’s and Suffolk County Council’s own estate. This will involve collaborative working, for example with the Suffolk Tree Warden Network and potentially with Suffolk’s Healing Woods initiative in delivering the trust’s and county council’s objective of landscape scale ecological change. The role will involve project management, liaising with tree nurseries, providing support to landowners and land managers on woodland conservation, helping deliver conservation projects in partnership with other organisations, and helping to develop and promote joint activities such as public tree planting events.

Your responsibilities

These will include:

* supporting the implementation of an Outreach programme to enable woodland creation, restoration, and management of ancient trees

* undertaking project management tasks, utilising the project management systems and processes required

* assisting with the recruitment of volunteers and supporting volunteer training. This will include delivery of tree planting, tree maintenance, making-up tree packs, and photography

* undertaking administrative tasks, including delegated financial / budget management tasks such as raising purchase orders, and reporting on progress and targets.

You will need

* to be a good team player

* to work flexibly and learn to apply new skills quickly

* some knowledge and / or experience, including voluntary, in an environment-related subject area would be desirable

* a passion and enthusiasm for positive environmental action is essential

* good IT and organisational skills are a must.

The team

You will be based within Suffolk County Council’s Natural Environment team but will be working as part of a joint project team involving The Woodland Trust, Suffolk CC and Suffolk Tree Warden Network. You will also engage with a wide range of other organisations and individuals.

You will also help establish a close working relationship with the Woodland Trust central region communications team and Suffolk County Council in developing publicity opportunities, assisting with practical volunteer events, and providing information and stories about the work.

We will offer you

* a varied and rewarding job – very few days will be the same

* a friendly, supportive work environment with good benefits, including flexible working

* the opportunity to work with a wide diversity of people and disciplines

* the opportunity to develop your own skills and gain invaluable experience.

Travelling requirements for your role

* Frequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Gary Battell, Senior Tree and Woodland Officer at Suffolk County Council on 07513 800118 or (01473) 264776 or Stuart Holm, Outreach Manager at The Woodland Trust on 0343 770 5781.

To apply for this role and for more information, please follow this link and make a note of the application instructions:

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This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.


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