Estates Craftsperson

Forestry Commission

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Background Information

The post is based in Glenbranter Cowal which is part of Cowal & Trossachs Forest District operations area. The post holder will be primarily Forest Management based.

The Forest District is currently headed by Gordon Donaldson. The Area Operations Manager is Nick Wilby. The post holder will be responsible to the Cowal FM Forester with the Assistant Area Operations Manager as Confirming Officer.

Cowal and Trossachs Forest District is some 68,000 hectares in size of which approximately 40,000ha is forested. The district lies close to the majority of the population of Scotland and its two Forest Parks, Argyll and Queen Elizabeth, provide an extensive range of visitor facilities that are enjoyed by many thousands of people each year.

The bulk of the forest district (75%) lies within the first National Park in Scotland, the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, who also act as the planning authority for the park area. The district employs 62FTE staff. They undertake a wide range of duties in managing the forested area, its associated habitats and its many recreation facilities whilst recognising the important role of neighbouring communities.

The district lies within easy reach of about 2.4 million people and hosts over 1 million people each year. The district has 3 Visitor Centres of varying style ranging from The Lodge, the Forest Visitor Centre in the Trossachs which is a key Visitor Centre in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park welcoming approximately 200K visitors a year, to a smaller unmanned facility at Glenbranter.

The post is located at Glenbranter in the West and covers wide geographic areas, terrain and landscapes from Dunoon ' Crainlarich.

Purpose of the Job

You will join a team to help implement an interesting variety of functional programmes in Cowal Forest District, using a full range of practical forestry skills including chainsaw, clearing saw work, strimming, pesticide application, fence maintenance, planting, rhododendron and invasive species control, path maintenance and survey work. This post is very much based outdoors in the forest environment.

Key Work Areas

The key work areas for this post revolve around programme delivery which currently includes Forest Management (FM), Environment and Heritage, Communities Recreation and Tourism (CRT). There are opportunities which will cover assisting Harvesting and Marketing projects on occasion.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise


Basic NPTC Chainsaw and Pesticide certificates PA1 and PA6 or a willingness to achieve these certifications within one year of commencing post

Experience in forestry or related land management work with a desire to learn and refresh skills and knowledge

Flexibility to work in teams and self-manage at times when required to do so

Be friendly and approachable to members of the public

Be prepared to locate and work in rural isolated environment

Core Competencies

Making Effective Decisions

Ask questions when unsure what to do

Think through the implications of your decisions before confirming how to approach a problem/issue

Collaborating and Partnering

Get to know fellow team members/colleagues and understand their viewpoints and preferences

Seek help when needed in order to complete your work effectively

Delivering Value for Money

Challenge others appropriately where you see wastage

Be careful with all types of resource (e.g. money, time, materials, fuel, energy) that you use

Delivering at Pace

Work in an organised manner using your knowledge and expertise to deliver on time and to standard

Take responsibility for the quality of your work and keep your manager informed of how the work is progressing

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