Statistical and Mapping Officer

Forestry Commission

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This vacancy is open at Stage 4 - External Recruitment.

Background Information

Forestry Commission England works hard for England's trees, woods and forests through two arms: a) Forest Services: responsible for putting in place the conditions that enable landowners and managers, businesses, civil society organisations and local communities to protect, improve and expand England's woodland resource, and b) Forest Enterprise: the Agency responsible for managing the Public Forest Estate.

Forest Services are responsible for working to put in place the conditions that enable landowners and managers, businesses, civil society organisations, and local communities (the "forestry sector") to protect, improve and expand England's woodland resource. Its component teams -- in Strategic Development, Policy Advice, Sustainable Forest Management, and the local Delivery Areas -- work together to provide the forestry sector with the support it needs to achieve this. The Strategic Development Team is responsible for the continuous improvement of Forest Services.

Within this the Evidence and Analysis team provides a key source of management information to help Forest Services colleagues, our key stakeholders, and the forestry sector, make well informed decisions. We arrange computation, collection, quality control, visualisation and publication of Official Statistics for Forestry Commission England in the form of our Corporate Plan Performance Indicators reports and contributions for the Annual Report and Accounts. We also collate, manage, and deliver a Management Information Pack dashboard of dials for Forest Services Senior Managers and the business. With our Mapping and Geodata colleagues we also provide statistics and maps for customers throughout National Office and across England; based on queries and use of a range of databases and spatial data sources such as from the Ordnance Survey.

The Evidence team also helps advise on, develop, maintain, and capitalise on a range of key business GIS hardware and software systems based on spatial data, such as those for the running of tree planting incentives for woodland owners, and in support of tree health and projects to bring more woodlands into management. We work closely with our customers and the Forest Research Statistics Team to deliver statistics, maps and related analyses to help people make better informed decisions. We play a full part in the Defra Open Data strategy, coordinating data publication and culture change in favour of Open Data.


To create a more resilient woodland resource by enabling the forestry sector to protect, improve and expand England's woodland by contributing to Forest Services evidence based culture by:

1. Computing, collecting, analysing, presenting and reporting numerical (in particular) and statistical data and maps.

2. Contributing to data collection methodologies, database management, quality control, and dissemination across the organisation to help further our ambition to become an ever more evidence driven organisation; including more progress on delivery of Open Data.

Key Work Areas

1. Collection, management and maintenance of numerical, statistical, spatial and narrative data in software such as MS Excel and ESRI ArcGIS. This includes support for delivery of Corporate Plan performance indicator reports and other Official Statistics.

2. Delivery of analysis, visualisation, presentation and reporting of numbers and maps using MS Office software and ESRI ArcGIS. This is to inform regular performance reporting and bespoke analyses of Forestry Commission and other environmental, economic and social data.

3. Delivery of bespoke maps and statistical requirements of Forest Services' key programmes across the business, including woodland creation, tree health, and woodlands into management programme.

4. Drafting narrative text to accompany statistical and mapping reports and to provide metadata. Occasionally writing documentation of own work processes.

5. Working flexibly with other members of the Evidence & Analysis team on joint project work as required, and possibly some provision of statistical and GIS coaching.

6. Liaison with the wider team within the rest of the Strategic Development Team and Forest Services, and other parts of the Forestry Commission, particularly the Central Services Mapping & Geodata Team, and sometimes with external stakeholders.



1. Demonstrable knowledge and experience of working successfully with numerical and/or statistical data, and spatial data.

2. Able to demonstrable experience of working successfully with stakeholders to reliably deliver a responsive service and quality suitable deliverables to time.

Professional and Technical Expertise


1. Demonstrable aptitude for helping solve geographical problems using evidence such as statistics, maps and spatial analysis. This needs to be demonstrable by practitioner to expert level knowledge of use of both a) spreadsheet software (ideally MS Excel) and b) GIS software (ideally ESRI ArcGIS desktop); used to complete data analysis and illustrate findings in tables, graphs and maps alongside some written narrative of one's own. Practitioner level knowledge of office software (ideally MS Office).

2. A post-graduate qualification in a numerate and spatial science, such as geography, statistics, or geographic information systems; or demonstrable equivalent levels of experiences and competencies.


1. Demonstrable skills in use of publication and/or database software (ideally MS Publisher, MS Access) and/or software used to analyse big data and gain customer insights.

2. Demonstrable commitment to own continuing professional development.


Collaborating and Partnering:

1. Proactively seek information, resources and support from others outside your immediate team in order to help achieve results.

2. Demonstrate interest in others and develop a range of contacts outside your team to help get the job done.

Managing a Quality Service:

1. Keep internal teams, customers and delivery partners fully informed of plans and possibilities.

2. Present statistical and spatial data through various data visual techniques and provide clear narratives using appropriate language that meets customer needs.

Leading and Communicating:

1. Display enthusiasm around goals and activities ' adopting a positive approach when interacting with others.

Delivering at Pace:

1. Set and achieve challenging goals and monitor quality.

Changing and Improving:

1. Conduct regular reviews of what and who is required to make a project/activity successful and make on-going improvements.

2. Keeps abreast of new and evolving technologies, tools and analytical techniques to deliver results effectively, whether this is employing new methods or using existing products in new and innovative ways.

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