Community Forester - 18 Month Contract

South West Mull and Iona Development

  • Sector: Forestry
  • Location: PA66 6BH
  • £24,000 to £28,000 per annum, Access to an electric car, for work use.
  • Hours: Full Time Permanent
  • Contact: Morven Gibson
  • Reference: SWMID01

Purpose of Post

  • To ensure sustainable and profitable timber production and to manage SWMID's conservation and recreation objectives in the forest.
  • To plan and co-ordinate key forestry operations and infrastructure development, both through direct working and overseeing sub-contractors.
  • To explore potential for new access and enterprise projects at the forest under the direction of the SWMID board and General Manager.

Main Tasks

1. Organisational

  • Liaise with SWMID's General Manager and Board to agree a schedule of work priorities and with specific project partners.
  • Organise procurement of plants, materials and contract labour within an agreed budget.
  • Gain knowledge needed to follow relevent legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a site diary and time-sheet to record resource expenditure, task progression, observations and recommendations for future projects.

2. Forest Management 

  • Plan and implement work programmes, which incorporate sustainable management principles, to deliver agreed operational priorities.
  • Plan, oversee and contribute to on-site contracts works as required, such as the construction of a new perimeter deer fence.
  • Implement annual restock work programmes including pest impact surveys.
  • Undertake routine facilities inspections (drains, roads, paths, fences) and implement remedial works to maintain safe access.

3. Other

  • Explore the potential for more local, volunteer-led conservation, heritage, education, lifelong learning and recreational access projects within the forest.
  • Investigate and compile costed proposals for new facilities and/or product development from the forest.
  • Assist with the set-up and delivery of community and stakeholder events 
  • Attend training courses and meetings to develop skills, knowledge and competencies applicable to the contract

Terms and Conditions

  • This post is part funded by the Argyll and  the Islands LEADER programme and the salary is £24,000-£28,000 (depending on experience).
  • The successful candidate will be based in SWMID's offices at the Columba Centre in Fionnphort, Ross of Mull but outdoor working onsite is also required.
  • This post will report to SWMID's General Manager.
  • This is a fixed term contract between Febuary 2019 - August 2020 (18 months) but it is hoped that the post will continute beyond this time.
  • 35 hours per week, normally 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. However, due to seasonal peaks and the need to attend SWMID board meetings, occasional evening and weekend work is required.
  • SWMID has an equal opportunities policy and is committed to giving full and fair consideration to people with disabilities.
  • SWMID are open to considering a "job-share" proposal.


  • Full, current driving licence. 


  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of practical countryside work (i.e. forestry, agriculture, fencing, path construction, planting)
  • Familiarity with Health and Safety requirements and environmental control measures(completing risk assessments, method statements, lone working procedures, relevant machine certification/competence requirements).

Skills/personal qualities

  • Motivated, organised and flexible.
  • IT proficient
  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively.
  • Comfortable with both team work and working independently.
  • Able to work safely and effectively outdoors 
  • Time management
  • Committed to community ownership and sustainable local development.

For a full job description and application, or if you are thinking about applying but aren’t sure whether the job is right for you, please email Morven on , phone 01681 700 021 or drop into the Columba Centre in Fionnphort. 

Closing date: 20th January 2019

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