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Newton Stewart

£30,140 - £33,303, plus benefits


Background Information


This post will be based in the Newton Stewart Office of the recently established South Region of Forest Enterprise Scotland which is the agency responsible for managing the National Forest Estate on behalf of the Scottish Government Ministers. Regional staff in the west manage an estate of approximately 115,000 ha within Dumfries and Galloway, South, East and North Ayrshire of which just over 75,000ha has woodland cover. The area is known for large areas of wild remote land, and its wide range of habitats and species.


The Region looks after Scheduled Monuments, has extensive areas of open ground in the centre of the Galloway Forest Park and manages a number of European Designated sites. Activities on these sites include management for the protection of endangered species, habitats and geomorphological interests. Other significant activities include: new native woodland creation; peatland restoration programme, restoration of Plantation Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) and management of key species including red squirrel, nightjar, pine marten, black grouse and a range of raptor species.


The overall aim is to deliver an appropriate mix of environmental, economic and social benefits. All forests are covered by agreed land management plans. These are refined through periodic review in consultation with local people and statutory consultees.


The key responsibilities for the role will include:


Team Management

  • Line manage the Environment Ranger and report to the Environment Advisor;
  • Promote a safety first culture in all aspects of the role;
  • Complete risk assessments, and procure and manage contracts as required.


Provide Environmental Advice & Support

  • Provide specialist advice on the management and protection of habitats, species and heritage features in the Region;
  • Input and involvement in the development of Land Management Plans and Work Plans, ensuring environment and heritage considerations, in particular designations, are taken into account and develop mitigation and licence applications as appropriate;
  • Liaison with stakeholders such as Scottish Natural Heritage and local authorities as required to develop an expert opinion on plans that involve species, habitat and heritage features;
  • Support colleagues by providing guidance on working with environmental assets, helping to ensure the Regionís business plan is delivered efficiently and maximises its conservation potential.


Environmental Programming

  • Plan and specify environment project and programmes for the delivery team to implement, providing on site advice and monitoring where required;
  • Support development of programmes and programme management;
  • Input into the Environment and Heritage budget and update tactical planner and other GIS layers as required;
  • Monitor budgets and identify any pressures.


Stakeholder Engagement

  • Work with key stakeholders and partners, e.g.; RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, SEPA, Local Fisheries Trusts and Saving Scotlandís Red Squirrels.


For more information and to apply, please click here 

0300 067 5300


Please quote ref 1613091.


Closing date: 10/02/2019, 11:59


No recruitment agencies please.


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