Woodland Officer

Forestry Commission Scotland

Oban, Western Scotland
£29,401 - £32,486 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 22 October 2017


Background Information

Perth and Argyll Conservancy is headed by Cameron Maxwell and has a team of 17 staff. There are two Conservancy Offices with most staff based in the Upper Battleby office at Redgorton, Perth. There are 3 staff who are based in the Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) office in Oban, where this post is based.

The Conservancy is responsible for promoting and regulating all aspects of forestry and woodland management within the Perth & Argyll Conservancy area.

Woodland Officers play a key role in every stage of the assessment and approval of a woodland creation scheme, from first discussions, to detailed design assessment.

The Conservancy covers the local authority areas of Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, Angus, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute and north Fife, together with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and parts of the Cairngorms National Park.

Working closely with partners, the Conservancy leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Forestry Strategy in Perth and Argyll, which focusses on forestry's contribution to climate change, timber production and utilisation, tree health, forest related tourism, community development, and health and wellbeing.

Job purpose

Woodland Officers are responsible for ensuring forests and woodlands are managed sustainably, through advising forest managers and assessing and processing grants and licence applications. Case types include Forestry Grant Scheme applications, Forest Plans, Felling Licences and EIA determinations.

Assessment of new woodland creation proposals are a key part of the role, with scheme types varying from small farm woodlands to large productive conifer forests.

Candidates should be a Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or willing to work towards membership.

Key Work Areas

  • Assessing and processing Forestry Grant Scheme applications for a range of case types, with a strong focus on Woodland Creation cases;
  • Assessing and processing Felling licence applications;
  • Undertaking alleged illegal felling investigations;
  • Ensuring compliance with the UKFS at both application stage and through the delivery of approved works;
  • Inspecting grant claims;
  • Liaising with statutory and non-statutory consultees;
  • Assessment and processing of EIA determinations.

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