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Logo: Forestry CommissionHLS Monitoring Officer

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NH

Salary: 23,293 - 24,633

Fixed term contract until February 2020

Ref: 1578929


Take a hands-on role in monitoring our restoration programmes.


The Forestry Commission serves a hugely valuable purpose for the nation. Entrusted with nurturing a sustainable source of timber, we also manage and enhance wooded areas for recreation purposes and we endeavour to protect and expand forests, open heathland and woodland.  We do this by working with public bodies and private owners to manage these valuable natural habitats for future generations to enjoy, and to ensure species are able to thrive.


The New Forest HLS scheme sits within the Forestry Commission, and is focussed on restoring and enhancing internationally-important habitats by 2020. With 20,000 hectares of open forest to oversee, this is a large and fulfilling challenge and is one that wed like you to be involved in. Working on terrestrial and wetland restoration, you will take on a broad remit of fascinating monitoring programme challenges.  Specifically, you will work with colleagues to plan and implement these monitoring programmes, undertaking in-house vegetation, Riverfly and GeoMorph surveys, getting involved in water-quality sampling and downloading data from time lapse cameras, hydrological and temperature data loggers. From interpreting survey data to managing volunteers and holding site restoration workshops, this is a unique opportunity to be directly involved in our important work.


To make the most of this position, you will have experience or relevant qualifications in hydrology, hydro-geomorphology, geography, ecology or a similar environmental discipline. Confident in your capacity to design and implement ecological surveys (with a particular emphasis on freshwater ecology and habitat quality), you will have the ability to monitor, manage and report any resulting data. You will also have experience of working with stakeholders such as the Environment Agency, cemented by a good knowledge of the legislation that applies to designated sites (such as RAMSAR). A collaborative team-player with solid data-handling skills, it would be preferable if you have a full driving license.


This position will be well suited to you if you are capable of identifying issues and proposing a way forward. Your input into the team will be valued and respected, and as such, this position has the scope to be career-defining. Further enhanced by a desirable civil service benefits package that includes access to our pension scheme, you will enjoy plenty of autonomy as you help us restore our valuable local habitats.


To apply, please click here.

Closing date: 9 May 2018. 


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