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Forestry Commission

Planning Projects Manager

The government’s commitment to and society’s interest in increasing England’s tree cover and improving the condition of trees and woodlands has never been greater. The Forestry Commission works with forestry and environmental stakeholders nationally and locally on unlocking the full potential of woodlands, to expand, protect, improve, and connect England’s valuable woodland assets.

This role sits within the Policy Advice Team (PAT) which is a multi-disciplinary team that helps the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and other government departments to develop forestry and woodland policy that works, by drawing on our wide range of tree, woodland and forestry experience, expertise, evidence and networks.

Job description

Reporting to the Planning Advisor in the Planning, Infrastructure & Built Environment team, the Planning Project Manager will co-ordinate and deliver a range of activities to gather data and information to support our engagement with the planning system, including projects relating to the impacts of development on woodlands. This role will include project management and reporting responsibilities, managing and interpreting data and information, and stakeholder engagement. You will work with colleagues across a number of departments including Defra, Natural England and DLUHC, and other government and non-government stakeholders. The data and information derived from this research will be used to inform both planning policy and FC operations where appropriate.

This role is part of FC’s response to Project Speed, the government’s agenda to build back better, greener and faster after the pandemic, and is closely tied to broader planning reforms.   


Any Defra office (subject to office availability and agreement). The role can involve blended working – a flexible combination of working from home and working from an FC or Defra office close to the postholder\'s home. The postholder may be required to attend FC’s national office in Bristol and to travel to meetings nationwide.

• 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, rising to 30 after 5 years service, plus 10.5 bank holidays/privilege days (pro rata).
• Ability to buy or sell 2 days annual leave.
• 3 days volunteering per year (pro rata).    

Apply here! 

Closing Date: 28/11/2022  Location: National

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