Active Forests Co-ordinator - Thames Chase and Jeskyns

Forestry Commission England

Thames Chase, Upminster, London
£23,293 - £24,633 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01708 642964 Scott Osborne

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 5th September 2018  

Job description

Background Information

East England Forest District (EEFD) is responsible for managing circa 35,000ha of Public Forest Estate land from North Norfolk to Brighton; including Thetford Forest and the outlying beats of Sandlings, Kent, East Sussex, Chilterns and Thames Chase Community Forest. Much of the 35,000ha is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is highly popular as a recreational area.

Thames Beat, based in Upminster (Essex), is the main outstation for the management of the District's community woodland estate. The Thames Beat covers an area of 520 hectares of community woodland around the Thames Gateway and Thames Chase Community Forest to the east of London, south Essex and north Kent.

Thames Beat has a staff resource of 6 people and is supported by other key team members from the East England Forest District and national teams. The team’s role is to manage and sustainably expand the existing community woodland estate in which it is centred.

The Thames Beat estate consists of a number of woodlands, created near to communities over the last decade on greenfield and brownfield land. They support a range of habitats from establishing woodland, traditional orchards, wildflower meadows, as well as providing community participation opportunities.

The Active Forests Programme aims to create a sporting habit for life for visitors to the public forest estate in England. The programme provides engaging, inspirational and motivating physical activity opportunities for new and existing forest visitors. The key aspects of the programme are delivered through: 1) partnership and engagement, 2) communication, 3) monitoring and evaluation.

Purpose of the job

To coordinate and deliver a wide range of physical activity and wellbeing at Thames Chase and Jeskyns.

As the post involves dealing with contacts across FC England, regular travel with occasional stays away from home is a requirement of this post. It is expected that the post holder may work weekends and evenings.

Key Work Areas

  1. Taking the lead from the Active Forests (AF) delivery strategy and the site delivery plan, develop & deliver:
    1. A programme of customer focused physical activity experiences.
    2. Site marketing & communication activity.
    3. Site monitoring and evaluation programme.
  2. Tap into local experience & knowledge base by working with existing site teams.
  3. Ensure AFC post is fully integrated into the local site team by incorporation into the duty system offering frontline visitor support and reactive response to incidents as required.
  4. Develop a range of internal and external partnerships including with health organisations to develop programme and provide physical activities.
  5. Where appropriate, develop and directly deliver sports activities.
  6. In line with national & local guidance develop, introduce and coordinate a team of Active Forests volunteers to support AF delivery.
  7. Taking the lead from AF programme manager lead production of performance reports.
  8. Representing site interests participate in AF programme networking opportunities.
  9. Where specified lead development of specific AF programme activities EG Data capture techniques, use of social media, development of volunteer package.

Person Specification



  • Previous experience of developing relationships and working effectively with internal and external partners.
  • A track record of delivering successful customer focused activities in a recreational environment.
  • A wide interest and knowledge of sports activities, and experience of using sport as a tool to engage with customers.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft windows based IT systems.


  • Your physical activity or events based experience will include marketing and /or promotion, with the management of health & safety and delivery of monitoring and evaluation activity.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Sport England, National Governing Bodies, health providers and the Forestry Commission.
  • A degree, NVQ Level 4, HND or relevant post-graduate qualification in a recreational or sporting subject or significant relevant experience in this area of work.
  • Understanding of the sports sector and its organisation/delivery at both national and local levels.

Take an active interest in expanding your knowledge of areas related to your role.

Consider and suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner.

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

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

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

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 forwards by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

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