Principal Arboricultural Consultant

Location Birmingham
Discipline: Forestry & Arboriculture, Environmental, Horticulture, Consultant
Job type: Permanent
Salary: Competitive
Contact name: Katy Davies

Contact email:
Job ref: AS291
Published: 6 months ago

​​Our client is an expanding company that is moving into the next stage of their development. Currently working under a group of companies, working as one business including one of the UK’s largest dedicated ecological consultancies, an environment and planning consultancy and a growing arboricultural consultancy team

The company is defined by their unique culture – one that puts people at the core of everything they do. They strive to create a friendly and supportive working environment. Joining our client is a chance to be part of a close-knit, fun, openminded and driven team that really cares about what they do and prides itself on the quality of their work

The role 

Our client has an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated Principal Arboricultural Consultant to assist with and carry out Arboricultural surveys and reports. The post will be based in their Midlands office with hybrid home working also an option.

The project-based nature of their work means that there will also be a requirement to undertake such travel as is necessary to successfully carry out contracts, in particular in the Midlands and North of England

The Principal Arboricultural Consultant will be involved in all areas of tree survey work, including.

  • Undertaking BS 5837 surveys and reports.

  • Tree condition surveys.

  • Communicating with clients and landowners.

  • Producing maps in CAD (Tree Constraints Plans, Tree Retention and Removal Plans and Tree Protection Plans.

  • Contributing to budgets, forecasts and financial analysis.

  • Compiling complex fee quotes.

  • Project management and performance.

  • Training and mentoring junior team members.

  • Participate in marketing and developing the arboricultural services offered to new and existing clients.

  • Providing support to the business unit management team and colleagues in the wider business.

The successful candidates will: 

  • Have degree or minimum Level 3 Arboricultural qualification i.e. FdSc Arb, HNC Arb, AA Tech Cert, NDip Arb.

  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in arboricultural consultancy or related work.

  • Have excellent knowledge of BS5837, the planning system in relation to trees, and TPO/CA restrictions.

  • Be highly competent in surveying trees for hazards, identifying pathogens and assessing tree physiology.

  • Be competent in preparing Tree Constraints Plans, Tree Retention and Removal Plans and Tree Protection Plans in CAD/AutoCAD.

  • Be competent in prescribing tree works and creating works orders for contractors and clients.

  • Have proven project and staff management experience.

  • Have experience of reviewing others’ work.

  • Be confident working as part as a multidisciplinary team and lone working.

  • Have experience in managing a range of large, medium sized and smaller projects concurrently with regular favourable project profitability.

  • Have excellent IT skills including MS Office.

  • Have a full clean UK driving licence.

Desirable but not essential:

  • LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection Certificate (PTI).

  • Professional membership to the Arboricultural Association.

  • Register Of Land-based Operatives (ROLO).

  • CSCS Card.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary on a scale commensurate with experience.

  • TOIL (time off in lieu) policy and flexible approach to working hours to ensure a healthy work-life balance.

  • 26 days annual leave, plus bank holidays.

  • Opportunities for career development and training.

  • Auto enrolment pension scheme (after 3 months’ service).

  • Socials, games nights and volunteering days offered through our staff engagement and development initiative.

  • Fun, friendly, and forward-thinking co-workers.

  • A dog-friendly office.