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Forestry Commission

Deer Officer

Never has there been a more important time for trees and forests to help tackle the climate emergency and provide a much-needed sanctuary for people and wildlife. Our Prime Minister and our government are committed to creating 30,000 hectares of woodland a year across the UK by the end of this Parliament. 

The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Forestry Commission have set up a joint tree planting programme for England to support the forestry sector, landowners and communities in the delivery of these ambitions.

The Forestry Commission wants wild deer to be part of sustainable forestry in England. However, wild deer have a negative impact on woods and forests, preventing young trees from establishing by eating growing shoots and damaging older trees by stripping and fraying bark.

You will be part of the South West or Yorkshire & North East Area team and line managed by one of their Partnerships & Expertise Managers, with the Deer Advisor (part of the national Policy Advice team) as your countersigning officer.

The Deer Officer plays a critical role as the interface between Forest Services and landowners, land managers and forestry agents in providing advice and facilitation for the management of wild deer to reduce their impacts on woodland condition and establishment.

The Deer Officer role involves engaging with woodland owners, agents and stakeholders to provide guidance and advice on deer impacts on woodlands and how they can be managed, with an aim of encouraging and enabling collaborative, landscape scale deer management activities.

You will be expected to have strong experience and understanding of the issues regarding deer management, and be able to demonstrate an existing or be able to gain a rapid understanding of how these issues impact on the objectives and activities of the Forestry Commission, Natural England, Defra and wider government.

You will work with the Area Team, Policy and Advice team colleagues, woodland owners and managers, stalkers and deer interest groups, using your knowledge, experience and sound judgement to reduce the long term impact of deer on the condition of woodlands.

Key Work Areas:


1. Provide support and advice to ensure deer management is address effectively in woodland management plans:

2. Develop and disseminate good - or best - working practices:

3. Identify priority areas for deer management with Area team

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Closing Date: 03/08/2021  Location: South West or Yorkshire & North East Area

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