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logo: Forestry Commission ScotlandPlanning Forester


Closing date: 24 Apr 2018 

Reference number: 1564037

Salary: £29,695 - £32,811

Grade: Executive Officer Pay Band 5(Ops)

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: FE Scotland

Type of role: Operational Delivery

Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share

Hours: 44 hours Monday to Friday

Number of posts: 1

Expected posting length: Permanent

Location: Huntly, Scotland, AB54 4SJ


Background Information

Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District covers the National Forest Estate in north east Scotland, comprising approximately 58,000 hectares of woodlands. The District is silviculturally diverse with a high proportion of continuous cover forestry and large thinning’s programme. The unit welcomes approximately 1.8M day visits annually with key recreational centres at Bennachie, Countesswells, Huntly Peregrine Centre and Culbin.


There are 44 Forest Plans covering approximately 150 woodland blocks ranging from less than 50 hectares to Fetteresso and Clashindarroch each of which are over 6,000 hectares. Management prescriptions for Capercaillie, Salmon rich riparian corridors, Black grouse, Wildcat and Raptors feature prominently.


Purpose of the Job

As a forest planner you will be responsible for programme planning, taking felled areas through until implementation by the relevant specialist operational team. You will co-ordinate various District survey programmes including stocking density assessment, Low Impact Silviculture Systems, and open space. An element of the job will also be to facilitate a ‘whole team’ approach to the review and preparation of land management plans (LMP), setting out clear objectives and programmes of work to secure multiple benefits on Scotland’s National Forest Estate. These plans will address issues such as woodland, open land and habitat conservation management, ecosystem services, timber production, access and landscape. This is an exciting and forward thinking role that combines leadership with facilitation and problem solving skills. Our plans have to be efficient and practical, but also responsive to the opportunities that the land offers and to the context of FES Corporate Plan objectives. Preparing a plan requires the planner to get out and about to gain first-hand knowledge of the land and develop a thorough understanding of the key management issues.


Key Work Areas

  • Co-ordinate & manage planting and natural regeneration programmes of work that flow from land management plans to ensure the delivery team understands its work programme.
  • Prepare LMP in line with the UK Forestry Standard and the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme (UKWAS). This includes analysis of financial, environmental and social aspects of plan proposals as well as undertaking Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) determinations when required as part of LMP revisions or amendments.
  • When preparing plans, collaborate with relevant colleagues to explore management options, creatively address key problems identified at scoping and provide efficient and practical solutions to meeting objectives over the required timeframe.
  • As part of the plan preparation process build and maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders such as community groups and statutory consultees.
  • Co-ordinate & manage the planning and management of forest surveys programmes/ roads programmes, etc.


To apply: www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk. Reference 1564037

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