Here at Forestry England we offer:
• Flexible working to support a healthy work/life balance.
• 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays and 2.5 extra days leave. (all pro-rata)
• 5 extra days holiday per year, after 5 years’ service.
• 3 days paid volunteering leave every year (once you have passed probation).
• Access to technical and personal development training and qualifications that are tailored to your role.
• 5 days dedicated to your self-driven development each year.
• Extensive opportunities for further learning through Civil Service Learning.
• Reimbursement of any professional membership fees.
• Employee benefits that include (but are not limited to) the Cycle to Work scheme, free high-street and online discounts and offers through ‘STaR’, and the opportunity to join the Civil Services Sports Council.
• The brilliant Civil Service Pensions scheme.
• Access to our dedicated Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that gives free, confidential and independent support - whether it is personal or work-related.
• Free eyesight tests and £100 voucher for glasses for visual display usage.
• Pay advances of up to £5,000 for computers, sports equipment, or training costs.
• Free parking at all Forestry Commission sites (including Moors Valley Country Park and Alice Holt Forest) and free entry into our National Arboretum in Westonbirt.
• Up to 15% discount at Forest Live Events, Forest Holidays cabins, and Go Ape outdoor activity centres.
• Numerous retail discounts including 10% off at Forestry Commission shops and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
We are Forestry England. We are the country’s largest land manager, caring for the nation’s forests for people, nature, and the economy. The foundation of our organisation is our world-class and sustainable forest management.
Our South England Forest District team is made up of around 160 people who deliver a diverse range of roles. From Direct Production (DP) Foresters to Volunteer Co-ordinators, we all contribute towards the management of some 46,000 hectares of land across public forests, two national parks and numerous inclosures.
Much of this forest is of high national importance for nature conservation and wildlife, and of international importance for biodiversity. Through sustainable forest management, some of our woodlands are also used to produce over 80,000 cubic metres of timber each year.
This exciting role forms part of our Forestry and Land Management Team. With the opportunity to be based at one of five locations across our District, you will assist the Beat/DP Forester to plan and organise tasks that will deliver our important timber establishment, harvesting and maintenance programmes.
You will also have the opportunity to support our wider District team to plan and implement economic, social and environmental projects that will help to create forests that people can connect to and enjoy; where wildlife will flourish; and where businesses will grow.
Purpose of the role:
• To provide support to the Beat/DP Forester through frontline supervision and on-site management
Key work areas:
• Assist the Beat/DP Forester with:
o leading and managing staff and contractors to deliver outputs
o setting and maintaining operational and Health and Safety standards.
o planning of work programmes by attending to site and operational needs
• Gather and present operational data
• Procure labour and resources needed to deliver operational objectives
• Act as Duty Officer, providing 24hr emergency contact cover for period of one week in approximately every 14 weeks (around four times per year)
• Co-ordinate the production and dispatch of wood for the DP Unit and liaise with customers.
• Relevant experience in forestry or land management or hold a recognised Forestry qualification or similar qualification to National Diploma level.
• Competence with a wide range of IT applications including Microsoft Office Suite.
• Competence with GIS applications.
• Good understanding of the application of Health & Safety in forest operations.
• A sound understanding in the application of contract management.
For full details about this exciting role, please visit www.forestryengland.uk/careers
How to Apply
If you have any questions about the role, please contact Ben Phelan - Ben.Phelan@forestryengland.uk