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. This acceleration in current planting rates in England will contribute to meeting the net-zero by 2050 ambitions, and to government’s wider environmental targets.
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.
By joining the Forestry Commission, you will become part of a team of passionate, committed colleagues, and be able to build on a wealth of expertise to take this ambitious work forward.
We are seeking dynamic individuals with experience in forestry and/or land management, who are quick to learn and inspire and enthuse others. Each Woodland Officer has their own geographic area of primary responsibility, enabling them to develop a strategic view of the local landscape, a network of local stakeholders and understanding of the challenges and opportunities.
In your ‘patch’, you will be at the forefront of delivering the Forestry Commission’s incentives and regulations, and able to provide advice and support to the private forestry sector in addition to Local Authorities and Defra colleagues. Internal team working is also integral in the Woodland Officer role, for example across the Area Team (e.g. assisting others in ‘alleged unlicensed felling’ investigations) and the wider Forestry Commission.
The Area Team soon to be around 30 is led by the Area Director and includes two Partnership and Expertise Managers one each for the NW & WM a Local Partnership Advisor, a Deer Officer, an Ecologist, a Promotion and Engagement officer, three and half Field Managers, 12 Woodland Officers, three Woodland Creation Officers, a Technical Support Officer and an Area Admin Officer.
There are two Woodland Officer Areas to fill within the West Midlands one based in and around Worcestershire and one in North Shropshire. The counties are both well wooded at approx. 10% containing their respective AONBs such as the Malvern Hills and a part of the Cotswolds in Worcs and in Shropshire the Shropshire Hills and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Closing Date: 08/08/2021 Location: West Midlands