Survey Technician

Forestry and Land Scotland

  • Contact: HR Dept
  • Reference: 1638654

Salary: £24,388 - £25,752
Grade: Administrative Officer 6a
Contract type: Permanent
Type of role: Surveying
Working pattern: Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

West Region covers 146,000ha of forest and open hill land extending from Campbeltown in the South up to Glengarry in the North, and from the Isle of Mull in the West and as far inland as Tyndrum. The Region is diverse, covering a range of landscape types with challenging silviculture, terrain and a high level of environmental designation. It includes a range of internationally important woodland, moorland and mountain habitats. Production of high quality conifer timber is a key part of the Region’s aims, whilst ensuring we conform to UK Forestry Standards (UKFS) and deliver important social, scenic and environmental benefits.

The forest economy is of great importance as a rural employer with forest cover being the predominant land use in much of the Region area. Timber production is currently about 700,000m3 per annum with an associated restocking of 1,200ha. The private sector also supplies a similar quantity of timber to the processing sector. As with other areas, tree diseases and wind are impacting on the planning of the felling programmes.

The Region contains a rich biodiversity and has a significant programme of ancient woodland restoration both of oak/birch woodland and Caledonian pinewoods. The Region lies within some of the most beautiful land and seascapes of Scotland and is a well-established visitor destination with a major outdoor activity hub focussed around the iconic landscape of Ben Nevis.
The post is one of two Survey Technicians within the Planning and Environment Team of the West region. Covering the Southern part of the region you will be based at Whitegates, Lochgilphead.

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the job is to supervise and monitor crop, land and environmental surveys within the Southern part of the West Region working closely with the Survey Technician (North) under the direction of the Programme Manager.

Key Work Areas

• Prepare maps and schedules for the surveying of forest areas, timber crops and stocking density assessments by contractors, working closely with the Survey Technician (north) to standardise the approach.

• Monitor forest areas for wind damage, pests and diseases e.g Dothistroma needle blight, P. ramorum and Hylobius.

• Supervise contractors and quality control their work, ensuring data is recorded accurately.

• Prepare the data for presentation to the Programme Manager and others.

• Update databases, work plans and records with new information from surveys.

• Provide wider regional support by organising and supervising other surveys within the southern part of the Region e.g. natural regeneration and open habitat.

Technical Skills
Competent user of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or commit to becoming competent within 3 months of starting post

Person specification
Previous experience in forest operations or similar environment

Computer literate and familiar with MS Office Package

Demonstrable experience of building good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders

Experience in forest mensuration or environmental surveying

Experience of managing contractors

Full UK Driving Licence
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Developing Self and Others
Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing
Managing a Quality Service
Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
Tommy McGrory Tel- 07990793317

Sift/interview dates and location
Sift 29th July

Interview 12th August


Further information
Applications will be received up until 11.59pm on the closing date.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Basic Disclosure check in line with HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard.

As a Survey Technician, a significant part of the job will mean lone working outside of the office and involve walking across difficult terrain.

Please apply above.

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