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Tree Health Planning & Contingency Manager


£41,425 - £45,126, plus benefits


Background Information


Do you want to help protect Scotland’s woods and forests? Do you want work within the Tree Health team in a new Scottish Government Agency - Scottish Forestry? Then read on…


Scottish Forestry is a recently formed agency within the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate and responsible for forestry policy, support and regulation. Our role is to ensure the delivery of the Scottish Government’s forestry priorities – including the sustainable management and expansion of woods and forests to deliver more for Scotland’s people, economy and environment.


We manage forestry regulations, grants, felling licenses and Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHNs) as well as supporting the development of the forestry industry, woodland expansion and protecting and enhancing important woodland species and habitats.


The incidence of damaging pests and diseases has increased markedly in Scotland over the last 5-10 years and protecting our woodland resource, coupled with increasing its resilience, is now at the forefront of Scottish Forestry's activities. In this role, you will principally be responsible for planning and overseeing our field based operations in response to existing and future threats to the health of Scotland's vital forest resource.


You will be part of the Tree Health Team, reporting to the Head of Tree Health. Although you will be based in Edinburgh some of your time will also be spent across Scotland with access to Scottish Forestry and Scottish Government offices. A work vehicle will be provided for official duties.


You will oversee the delivery of contingency planning for tree health in Scotland; lead the delivery of surveillance operations; monitor contract management, and support Conservancy staff in discharging their duties associated with Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHNs).


The ideal candidate will have a degree in plant sciences or similar relevant degree (essential) and membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) or willing to work towards (desirable). They will also have a practical understanding of UK forestry and silviculture principles and experience of successfully delivering tree/plant health advice or operational activity.


The key responsibilities for the role will include:


  • Line Manager for the Tree Health Operations Manager;
  • Helping to identify procedural and operational issues at an early stage to allow appropriate mitigation measures to be put in place (we are currently serving ca. 100 – 300 SPHN’s per annum);
  • Enhancing our ability to be proactive rather than purely reactive – particularly through the contingency planning process. This is essential as the range of threats is continually increasing (the UK Plant Health Risk Register now lists over 1,000 pests/diseases – about a third of which are tree-related). This will include significant elements of stakeholder engagement;
  • Provide leadership and support to the Tree Health Operations Manager and field staff, ensuring the delivery of high quality contract management, advice, guidance and operational activities;
  • Develop strong partnerships within the Scottish Government, SASA, Forestry & Land Scotland and the wider forestry sector in Scotland.


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Please quote ref 1633124.


Closing date: 23 June 2019, 23:59


No recruitment agencies please.


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