Job title: Landscape Officer
Salary: £24,020 - £29,357 per annum
Job Type: FTC - June 2018, Full Time
Closing Date: 21st October 2016
Interview Date: 3rd November 2016
An excellent opportunity has arisen within the Contracts and Performance Team at the District Council for a Landscape Officer based in Daventry. The post holder will make a significant contribution to improving and maintaining the quality of the delivery of the grounds maintenance service. This will involve acting as the principal technical expert in landscape development and maintenance, creating plans for long-term landscape development, managing service provision.
Key Responsibilities:Contribute to the development of policies, procedures and work practices to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of environmental servicesAct as an effective team member, providing assistance to others as required, maintaining good working relationships and supporting the delivery of team and corporate objectives. Maintain links with other teams whether internal or external, sharing information where necessary.To assist in the establishment of service objectives and performance indicators in the context of current Council priorities and objectives. To monitor and report on key outputs and targets, both service related and financial.Provide expert professional advice on the current and potential future arrangements for landscape/grounds maintenance.Prepare both strategic and tactical term plans for the development of the Council's landscaping, including addressing appearance, biodiversity, ease and efficiency of management and maintenance and safety. The aim should be to create public delight whilst remaining within budgets and other constraints.Procure landscape works and services, including writing specifications, preparing drawings of landscape works and preparing contracts, having regard to local and national expectations including quality of service, social value in procurement and engagement of the third sector.Carry out regular inspections of the Council's landscaping/grounds and prepare long term management plans for it.Prepare templates, reports and analysis of performance.Assist with the development of plans for delivery of grounds maintenance services after the end of the Environmental Services Contract having regard to local and national expectations including quality of service, social value in procurement and engagement of the third sector.Provide expert professional advice on development of landscaping in the Council's ownership, control or influence.Carry out regular inspections of the Council's landscaping, identify any remedial works and ensure these are implemented.Provide professional evidence, suitable for use in court if required, of the expected standard of works of landscape contractors and their fulfilment or otherwise of these.Procure landscape works and services, including writing specifications, preparing drawings of landscape works and preparing contracts, having regard to local and national expectations including quality of service, social value in procurement and engagement of the third sector.
Key Requirements:Ability to legally drive in the UK and access to a car, or other demonstrable means of the necessary mobility including ability to visit sites frequently and extensively.Educated to honours degree level or equivalent or better in a relevant field.Professional qualification/membership in a relevant field, i.e. Chartered Landscape Architect with post chartership experience in relevant areas (this requires the candidate to have a suitable degree, post qualification experience and to demonstrate their professional skills to the Landscape Institute). The equivalent level of membership of another member body of the International Federation of Landscape Architects would also be acceptable.Reasonable level of numeracy (if degree is not a numerate one, then an 'A' level in Mathematics or Statistics or an equivalent qualification).An appreciation of local government operations including legal constraints and democratic arrangements.Awareness of key legal issues and principles affecting landscape, local government, contracts and related issues.Substantial experience and knowledge of provision of landscape development and maintenance services.Substantial experience of and skill in preparing landscape plans and specifications of works.
The post is offered on a full time basis (37 hours per week), with a salary of £24,020 - £29,357 per annum dependent upon experience. The benefits include flexible start and finish times, up to 30 days annual leave entitlement, plus 8 public holidays. Other benefits include the payment of post-related professional fees, essential car user allowance or leased car, a competitive local government pension scheme, and family-friendly policies.
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Candidates with experience of; Land Technician, Landscaper, Park Developer, Landscape Technician, Land Surveyor, Land Purchaser, Land Analyst, Land Procurement Officer, Landscape Architect, Plot Development Manager, Landscape Engineer, Land Architect, CILA, Chartered Landscape Architect, Plot Buyer, Land Survey Executive, Landscape Surveyor, Land Appraisal Executive, Chartered Institute of Landscape Architects, Landscape Officer may also be considered for this role.