Forest Craftsperson

Forestry Commission Scotland

  • Contact: HR Dept
  • Reference: 1608248

Grade: Administrative Officer
Pay:Band 6b
Contract type: Permanent
Business area:FE Scotland
Type of role: Operational Delivery
Working pattern: Part-time
Hours: 22.2 hours, 3 days per week

Location: Dalmally, Scotland

Background Information

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is the agency responsible for managing the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Government Ministers.

The West Region of FES covers around 140,000ha of the west coast extending from Campbeltown in the south to Glengarry in the north, spreading to Mull at its western limit and as far inland as Tyndrum. Production of high quality timber is a key part of the regional objectives, whilst ensuring we conform to the UK Woodland Assurance Standard 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 area.

The Delivery Team within the region is split into a number of operational beats and functions, with teams of Foresters, Supervisors and Craftspersons delivering forest management, recreation, environment and estates work. This post is based within the East Lorne beat at the Corryghoil outstation, near to Dalmally.

Reporting to the Beat Forester and the Harvesting, Forest Management and Stewardship Manager, the successful candidate will demonstrate an enthusiasm for outdoor working, and will be comfortable working in all weather conditions.

Purpose of the Job

You will assist the Beat Forester in the maintenance, stewardship and protection of the National Forest Estate, providing additional support to other functional staff when required.

Key Work Areas

Undertake general estate maintenance duties using a range of tools as directed by the Forester or Works Supervisor in a positive and friendly manner;

Carry out stewardship duties such as scrub clearance, path repairs, litter picking, road control, painting and furniture installation;

Assist in carrying out risk assessments and take a positive approach to the health and safety of yourself and others;

Assist in the protection of the forest estate including fire-fighting and waste disposal.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise


Demonstrable experience in a range of practical forestry or land-based activities, such as fencing;

Basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, sending/receiving emails etc.)


Certification in chainsaw (minimum small trees) to National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) or equivalent;

Certification in strimmer/clearing saw to NPTC or equivalent;

NPTC PA1 and PA6 certification;

Quad/All-Terrain Vehicle certificates;

Plant operation certificates (e.g. mini digger, forklift);

Trailer towing entitlement (B+E).

Core Competencies

Making Effective Decisions

Speak up to clarify decisions and query these constructively.

Collaborating and Partnering

Proactively contribute to the work of the whole team;

Be open to taking on different roles.

Managing a Quality Service

Act to prevent problems including health and safety, reporting issues where necessary;

Gain the knowledge needed to follow the relevant legislation, policies, procedures and rules that apply to the job.

Delivering at Pace

Work with energy and pace to get the job done;

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

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

Experience & Professional/Technical Expertise
Making effective decisions
Collaborating and partnering
Managing a quality service
Delivering at pace

Please apply above

Closing date 4th Decemebr 2018

Sift/interview dates and location
Sift - 5 December 2018

Interviews - 13 December 2018 at Millpark Road, Oban, Argyll & Bute, 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 (Delivering at Pace). However candidates will be expected to answer questions on all competencies at the interview stage.

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