Trees & Woodland Adviser

£40,071 pa, Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)
Nationwide Ref: IRC78232

Do you have a passion for the outdoors? Would you like to be part of a team helping to conserve some of our most beautiful trees and woodlands? If s,o then this role might be for you.
The National Trust has a clear aim, through the delivery of its 'restoring a healthier, more beautiful natural environment' strategy, to improve the nature conservation value of its land holdings, much of which is accessible by the public. A key component of this work is ensuring that we are also legally compliant as well as meeting our own standards, to ensure that we can continue to welcome visitors to these places.

This is a two-year, fixed-term role which will focus on ensuring that the management of trees and woodlands on the National Trust’s properties in Wales, the Midlands and the East of England regions meets the appropriate standards required in tree health, visitor safety and related compliance. Please note due to the nature of this role this position can be based at any of our National Hubs.

What it's like to work here
You will be working as a member of an internal consultancy service, alongside other professionals, supporting colleagues at National Trust properties in the delivery of programmes of planned annual and project work. Many of these locations are of National or International importance, as evidenced through a range of statutory designations for their significance (Registered Landscapes, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest etc.). These places range from wilder coastal and mountain landscapes to elegant gardens with their great houses and the farmland of the estates that once supported them.
You will find there committed staff and volunteers working together and engaging with our visitors through our conservation work. This role is a significant in ensuring that we can continue to safely welcome our visitors to these places, who often have strong family links to our properties over several generations.

What you'll be doing
You'll be working with colleagues specifically around compliance with relevant legal responsibilities and National Trust standards and systems associated with tree and woodland management; such as tree safety management surveys, UK Woodland Assurance and supporting teams with individual tree health enquires, across National Trust properties in Wales, the Trust’s Midlands and the East of England Regions.
You will work with consultancy and property passed staff over the planning and delivery of works required to ensure compliance, including any training and the creation, roll out and maintenance of records. You will be required to carry out site visits giving advice and support to property staff.

Who we're looking for
To be successful in this role you'll need the following experience, knowledge and skill sets;
- Substantial practical experience in arboriculture and woodland management, supported by a relevant qualification in
arboriculture, forestry or another environmental subject
- Good level of technical knowledge of woodland management and trees including arboriculture and care of veteran trees
- Detailed understanding and experience of tree health issues and management
- Good understanding of woodland wildlife and relevant legislation
- Knowledge of relevant legislative requirements relating to trees and woodlands
- Knowledge of external issues, policy, practice, instructions and guidance relating to forestry and woodland management
- Up to date understanding of current tree pest and disease issues
- Excellent people skills enabling strong relationships to be built and maintained externally and internally
- Experience of mentoring, coaching and delivering training to enable others to deliver
- Good written and verbal communication skills including public presentation, influencing and negotiation
- Experience in procuring arboricultural and forestry consultants and contractors including producing relevant

To find out more about the benefits we offer to support you, please follow:
Benefits include flexible working whenever possible plus free parking at most locations. You’ll be entitled to discounts in high street stores and cinemas, National Trust shops and NT cafes, and have free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18).
Your health and wellbeing is important to us and is supported through generous annual leave and the option to buy additional days (minimum contract length applies), a cycle to work scheme, subsidised health cash plan and confidential access to a free support service 24 hours a day should you need it.
Your future financial health is helped by an employer matched - up to 10% of basic salary - contributory pension scheme and you can further your career with training and development tailored to you.
All of this and the opportunity to give something back to your community with up to 5 days of paid volunteering per year!

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