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Forestry Commission

Woodland Officer - 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. The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) 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. You will be able to make your mark by helping the Forestry Commission to revolutionise how we work together and reach new stakeholders.

Job description

Applicants for this post must live within London or in close proximity to our Wendover Office (Buckinghamshire). Your office base will be our Westminster office (London) or Wendover with regular meetings in Wendover, with flexibility for some optional blended working between the FC office and home (see further details below). 

The Woodland Officer role can be seen as the 'face' of the Forestry Commission to landowners, managers and stakeholders. As the Woodland Officer for London you will focus on London's Urban Forest within the Greater London Authority boundary, enabling you to develop a strategic view, from the centre of the capital to its green belt.


Engaging partners, stakeholders and the public:

  • Encourage, enthuse and support key partners and stakeholders to help facilitate the expansion, protection and improvement of our woodlands and treescape.

Expand woodland cover:

  • Champion the multiple benefits of new woodland as business opportunities for landowner and as natural capital (including biodiversity, water quality, flood management, carbon sequestration/substitution, etc) for the wider environment, business and society;
  • Improve the condition and resilience of our existing woodlands and wider treescape:

Champion the benefits of actively managed woodland;

  • Support woodland and tree owners and managers in responding to key challenges of pests and diseases including Chalara ash dieback, Oak Processionary Moth , deer and grey squirrels;

Protect our existing trees and woodlands:

  • Administer Forestry Regulations to include:
    • Forestry Act – Felling Licences to ensure tree felling is carried out legally in accordance with the principles of the UK Forestry Standard as appropriate;
    • Environmental Impact Assessments – afforestation, deforestation, forest roads and forest quarries, and
    • Habitats Regulations – re forest operations within Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation;

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Closing Date: 24/10/2021  Location: London

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