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Forestry England

District Ecologist

Based at our District office in Lyndhurst (currently working from home in accordance with government guidelines)

Forestry England is the largest land manager and custodian of the nation’s public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. It’s a job that never stops growing.

The South England Forest District manages some 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset & South Wiltshire. Much of the land is of high importance for nature conservation, supporting some 29,000 hectares (ha) deemed to be of national importance for wildlife of which approximately 28,000 ha are also designated as being of international importance for biodiversity as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites. The majority of the land managed by the District is also within areas designated for their landscape value, including 4,000 ha within AONBs and 31,500 ha across two National Parks.

We are looking for a District Ecologist to cover for one year with the possibility of a permanent vacancy. You will have a sound knowledge and understanding of ecology and a degree or equivalent in Ecology or Environmental Management. An effective communicator, you will have experience working with local stakeholders to deliver projects.

This is an exciting time to join the District as we look to secure and grow our economic, social, and natural capital of our forests. In return, we offer an attractive salary and benefits package including generous annual leave and a government pension scheme. We also provide a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop your skills.

For further details about this exciting role visit: or click here to apply online.

For an informal chat, please contact Sarah Oakley, District Ecologist, by email:

Closing date: 01/12/2021

Closing Date: 01/12/2021  Location: Lyndhurst

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