Overview

Salary: £40,243 – £42,946 per year

Hours: 36 per week

Location: Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD

Position Status: Permanent

 

Perth and Kinross Council is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and practical Landscape Architect to join a small, busy team in the Community Greenspace (CG) Section of the Communities Service.

This full-time post is based in Perth, a vibrant small city and main gateway to the Scottish Highlands; and is a unique opportunity to work within some of the most stunning landscapes in the UK.  The post is predominantly based in Perth office with the option to work from home as appropriate.

We work hard as an organisation to implement changes to tackle issues linked to climate change and biodiversity loss, and access to healthy green spaces for all. As a team we are currently involved in delivering public-realm improvements, park and play area upgrades, park master planning and management plan development along with core path work and rural access projects such as route implementation and bridge installations.

The team is dedicated to delivering quality projects which meet community needs, are appropriate in character to their setting and of good value to the public purse.

About The Role

To deliver and manage community greenspace projects as part of a team from early consultation stages through sketch design, to tender and procurement, contract administration and delivery on the ground, to completion and handover.

To contribute to the effective and efficient running of the team, encouraging good morale and maintaining a positive working attitude amongst colleagues. Participation in reviews of practices and procedures and assisting in the preparation and completion of Team Plans, Business Management and Improvement Plans and other appropriate policy documents will be essential.

To take part in team briefings, project review meetings and presentations and will provide oral and written reports as necessary. On occasion, you will be required to deputise for the Senior Greenspace Officer (Policy & Projects) in his/her absence. Co-operation with CG Communities staff for community consultations and with CG Infrastructure staff to ensure projects are sustainably-designed and properly handed over for maintenance purposes is essential.

To represent CG at meetings with other services, outside bodies and community representatives and will be able to draft Committee Reports, Best Value Reviews, Business Cases and other necessary documents within agreed timescales. You will have to respond in a timely manner to MSP, MP and Councillor queries and public service requests and complaints and provide specialist landscape advice on planning applications. You will help ensure that the Councils Scheme of Administration, Financial Guidelines, the Services Safe Working Practices, Quality Manual and Procedures are implemented at all times.

About You

The suitable applicant will be an experienced Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute who will be able to design, procure, implement and deliver a variety of projects which meet customer satisfaction levels within budget, fees and timescale. You will be skilled in AutoCAD, and have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software. You will be able to identify and initiate projects and prepare briefs detailing scope of works and fee recharges and be able to prepare cost estimates and quotations and monitor and report on budgets to ensure allocated resources are used effectively, in line with Council procedures and accounting periods. Having extensive site experience and a full understanding of relevant project documentation, you will be fully acquainted with CDM Regulations and be able to ensure all relevant Health and Safety standards and procedures are complied with. Experience of multi-disciplinary and external partnership work with other agencies and communities would be invaluable and a good working knowledge of the relevant legislation and best practice from other statutory bodies such as SEPA and NatureScot would be very advantageous.

If you would like any more information regarding this vacancy, please contact Andy Clegg, Community Greenspace Manager on 01738 475276.