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Logo: Forestry Commission ScotlandForest Management Forester

Closing date: 6 May 2018


Reference number: 1566580

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: Full-time

Hours: 44 hours Monday - Friday

Number of posts: 1

Expected posting length: Permanent

Location: Huntly, Scotland


Job description


Background Information


Moray and Aberdeenshire Forest District, located within the North-East of Scotland, covers an area of approximately 58,000ha of woodlands, ranging from Coastal pine forests in Moray to productive upland spruce forests and the iconic pinewoods of Speyside and Deeside and peri-urban woodlands on the outskirts of Aberdeen City. The district is silviculturally diverse with a high proportion of continuous cover forestry and large thinning programme. The unit welcomes c1.8million visitors annually with key recreational centres at Bennachie, Countesswells and Culbin. The District is headed up by the Forest District Manager, and operations are managed by the Area Operations Manager.


The district has a harvesting programme of approximately 350KM3 OBS per annum. The restocking programme varies and is currently around the 700ha, with 1-200ha of new planting being delivered each year.


This Forest Management work is divided into 3 beats with each Forester being responsible for all of the FM activities in their beat including contracts for new woodland creation.


Purpose of the Job


Contribute to the Scottish Forestry Strategy and District Strategic plan by supporting the Area Operations Manager in operationally planning, implementing and monitoring the FM work programme in the central beat of the Forest District. This work programme consists of restock and associated maintenance (beat up, weeding, top-up spraying, aerial fertiliser etc.), it also includes an element of new woodland creation.


Delivery will be in line with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) and internal policy standards, with particular emphasis on health, safety and the environment.


Key Work Areas



  • Operationally plan a rolling 5 year cycle of restock programme.
  • Input into the Forest Management Work Plan process.



  • Deliver a proportion of the Forest District restock programme.
  • Deliver a maintenance programme associated with the 5 year SDA process (and beyond where required).
  • Compile annual business plans for allocated programme.
  • Undertake Business Monitoring exercises every quarter and update cash expenditure sheets on a routine basis.
  • Support the delivery of procurement processes associated with FM Framework and Medium Term Contracts.


Maintaining Standards:

  • Mentor, support and manage a Works Supervisor.
  • Contract manage health, safety and environment standards associated with the delivery contractor base.


Person Specification


Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise



  • HND or equivalent professional qualification in a forestry related subject.
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge in managing operational forestry programmes.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of establishment techniques and constraints.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of procurement and contract management.
  • Competent with the use of IT especially using Microsoft Office packages and Global Information Services (GIS).



  • Previous experience of crop establishment and maintenance.
  • Previous experience of managing significant cash budgets and contract management responsibilities.


To apply: www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk using reference number 1566580 

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