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Forestry Commission

Woodland Creation Officer - South East & London

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, of which 7,500 ha per year are anticipated to be in England, by the end of this Parliament.

The Woodland Creation Officer role represents Forest Services front-line woodlands and forestry expertise. It involves ensuring the delivery of Government forestry policy through the effective use of advice and incentives. The role provides an important interface between Forest Services and landowners and forestry agents, promoting, advising on, and helping to facilitate a diverse range of woodland creation proposals. The post-holders will be expected to focus on woodland creation. They will advocate the benefits of woodland creation and proactively communicate with and advise landowners and investors considering woodland creation. The post-holders will also understand and advise on the regulatory aspects of individual woodland creation applications where required. The post-holders will operate as part of the Area Delivery Teams and have close working links to the national incentives development team and the Promotion and Engagement, colleagues.

This Woodland Creation Officer post will cover: -

Kent and London and will be based from our Bedgebury office.

If you live within that area then you have the opportunity to work in a blended manner directly from your home, once you have become fully established in the role to spend 1-2 days per week in that office.New WCO’s are expected to attend your parent office 2 to 3 days per week to allow you to learn the role from managers and colleagues. 

Benefits
• A Civil Service pension.
• A range of family friendly benefits.
• An environment with flexible working options.
• Learning and development tailored to your role.
• A culture which promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment.
• A range of wellbeing benefits including discounted Civil Service Healthcare, access to an Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, Bike to Work Scheme, plus many more.
•25 days annual leave, with 1 additional day for each years’ service up to 5 years.
•Ability to buy or sell 5 days annual leave.
• 3 days volunteering per year.   


If you are passionate about the role of trees, woods and forestry in creating a better future for England we want to hear from you.

Apply here!

Closing Date: 04/12/2022  Location: Bedgebury

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