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Highways Environmental Officer
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/2488/18553
  • Published: Mon 08/11/2021, 8:43 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/11/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,991 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Guildford

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Highways Environmental Officer

The starting salary for this role is £27,991 per annum for 36 hours per week based from one of our area offices in Guildford (Merrow) or Godstone.

Surrey is reputed to be the most densely wooded county in Southern England with some of the busiest roads outside of London. Surrey County Council is responsible for the management of risk from some 2 million trees and monitoring their condition adjacent to and on the highway, spending around £1.4 million per year on managing this risk.

The UK government has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and Surrey Council County has followed suit by declaring a Climate Emergency. As part of our overall response to this, the council has committed to facilitate the planting of 1.2 million trees – one for every Surrey resident – by 2030.

Main Responsibilities:

We are looking for a Highways Environmental Officer to join the Aboricultural Team within the Environment, Transport and Infrastructure Directorate. This is an important front facing role and will be the focal point for delivering and supporting a range of environmental activities reporting to the Arboricultural Team Manager. This post provides support to the Arboricultural Team Manager and duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating tree planting on the public highway, working with both internal and external stakeholders to help deliver the council’s tree planting commitment
  • Planning highway verge maintenance and 3rd Part Tree Notices
  • Responding to enquiries and chasers from a wide range of stakeholders including residents and elected members, upholding excellent customer care standards
  • Working with a range of contractors to help ensure value for money and a quality service for residents
  • Working in the field, making highway visits, using mobile technology to access information.

You will be a highly self-motivated individual with a ‘can do’ approach, capable of making a valuable contribution towards environmental maintenance and improvement. As well as this, you will have good communication and writing skills as well as a well organised, logical approach to workloads. Good IT skills, including experience of using Excel, Word and emails, are also needed. You will have achieved a good standard of Secondary Education or be able to evidence an equivalent level of experience and/or relevant vocational qualification (level 3/4 QCF). Training in Environmental and Arboricultural issues will be provided.

Due to the nature of the role, a full driving licence is essential.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 28th November 2021.

Interviews will take place on 6th and/or 7th December 2021. 

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Mat Burnell by e-mail at

We look forward to receiving your application. Please click on the apply online button below to submit.


From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council 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. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.