Woodland Officer, Oban

Forestry Commission Scotland

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Grade: Executive Officer PB 5 Ops
Contract type: Permanent
Business area: FC Scotland - Perth and Argyll Conservancy
Type of role: Operational Delivery
Working pattern: Full-time
Hours: 44 hours - Monday to Friday

Oban, Scotland
About the job
Job description
Background Information on Unit

Perth and Argyll Conservancy is headed by Cameron Maxwell and has a team of 17 staff. There are two Conservancy Offices with most staff based in the Upper Battleby office at Redgorton, Perth. There are 3 staff who are based in the Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) office in Oban, where this post is based.

The Conservancy is responsible for promoting and regulating all aspects of forestry and woodland management within the Perth & Argyll Conservancy area.

Woodland Officers play a key role in every stage of the assessment and approval of a woodland creation scheme, from first discussions, to detailed design assessment.

The Conservancy covers the local authority areas of Perth and Kinross, Dundee City, Angus, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Argyll and Bute and north Fife, together with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and parts of the Cairngorms National Park.

Working closely with partners, the Conservancy leads on the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Forestry Strategy in Perth and Argyll, which focusses on forestry's contribution to climate change, timber production and utilisation, tree health, forest related tourism, community development, and health and wellbeing.

Purpose of the job

The purpose of the job is to carry out Grants and Regulation work, provide guidance to woodland owners and managers in the area and promote forestry within Perth and Argyll Conservancy. The post holder will help deliver the Scottish Forestry Strategy and the Conservancy Business Plan and will be based in Oban.
Assessment of new woodland creation proposals are a key part of the role, with scheme types varying from small farm woodlands to large productive conifer forests.

Key Work Areas

Assess and process Forestry Grant Scheme applications for a range of case types, with a strong focus on Woodland Creation cases;

Provide guidance to woodland owners and managers regarding proposed forestry work and respond to consultations from Local Authorities and developers in connection to proposed developments affecting trees and woodlands;

Administer forestry regulatory casework including Forest Enterprise Land Management Plans, Long Term Forest Plans, Felling Licences and EIA casework, ensuring compliance with the UKFS at both application stage and through the delivery of approved works;

Contribute to the management of plant health and bio security within the Conservancy;

Support promotional and development work in the Conservancy in line with the strategic objectives of the Scottish Forestry Strategy and represent Forestry Commission Scotland at meetings with other organisations.

Person Specification

Professional & Technical Expertise


Proven knowledge and experience in the management of forests and the practicalities involved in successful forest establishment;

HND or Degree in forestry or a related environmental subject or demonstrable equivalent experience to the HND/degree level;

Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or willing to work towards membership;
Competent user of Microsoft Office programs, Word, Excel and Outlook.


Proven experience of dealing with forestry grants schemes, felling licences and EIA regulations;
Familiar with GIS.

Core Competencies

Making Effective Decisions

Examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions;

Explain clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached.

Leading and Communicating

Display enthusiasm around goals and activities – adopting a positive approach when interacting with others;

Confidently handle challenging conversations or interviews.

Collaborating and Partnering

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

Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues.

Managing a Quality Service

Ensure delivery of professional excellence and expertise – flag up risks or concerns including health and safety in order to meet customer requirements;

Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including security, equality and diversity and health and safety.

Delivering at Pace

Take ownership of problems in your area of responsibility;

Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks.

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by other means.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has identified this role as requiring membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). If you do not have Associate membership, FCS will work with you to achieve this. Failure to achieve this may result in FCS withdrawing employment.

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

Professional & Technical Expertise
Making effective decisions
Leading and communicating
Collaborating and partnering
Managing a quality service
Delivering at pace
Civil Service Competency Framework
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Selection process details
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants
Matthew Huddlestone
0300 067 6005
Sift/interview dates and location
Sift date is 16/11/17
Interview date is 23/11/17 at Millpark Road, Oban,PA34 4NH

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

If a large volume of applications are received, then we will sift on Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise and the Lead Competency Making Effective Decisions. However candidates will be expected to answer questions on all competencies at the interview stage.

Appointments to the Forestry Commission are made at the entry level of the salary quoted above except in exceptional circumstances where a candidates’ experience and skills may justify a higher starting salary.

In the 2011 Autumn Statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the public sector pay awards will average at one percent. This policy continues to apply in the Forestry Commission for the 2017/18 financial year.

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

Details of the UK school leaving age rules are located at . All candidates will be subject to UK school leaving age legislation.

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If you are not satisfied with the response from the Head of HR, you may submit an appeal to the Civil Service Commission, as set out in the complaint outcome letter from the Head of HR.

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