SMS Woodland Project Coordinator

Coed Cymru

Mid Wales
c.£25,000 - £26,000 plus pension contributions

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01686 650777 Gareth Davies

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 31st January 2019  

(Please ask for the following information in Welsh)

SMS (Sustainable Management Scheme) Woodland Project Officer – Coed Cymru

Coed Cymru follows general best practice recruitment principles:

Merit - means the appointment of the best available person: no one should be appointed to a job unless they are competent to do it and the job must be offered to the person who would do it best.

Fair - means there is no bias in the assessment of candidates. Selection processes must be objective, impartial and applied consistently.

Open - means that job opportunities must be advertised publicly and potential candidates given reasonable access to information about the job and its requirements, and about the selection process.

  1. Title of Job: SMS Project Coordinator
  2. Position Descriptions:

We are recruiting 5 new positions to complete our frontline team. These comprise 4 x Coed Cymru SMS Woodland Project Officers in 4 regions across Wales and 1 x SMS Project Coordinator to undertake more of a planning, coordinating and reporting role.

This role is for the Coed Cymru SMS Project Coordinator, based at home and/or Machynlleth, Powys.

The purpose of the posts will be to implement a Welsh Government Sustainable Management Scheme funded project ‘Integrated Welsh Woodlands’ helping us to deliver a new vision for the creation and management of woodlands and forests in Wales, achieving greater integration into the Welsh landscape and fully involving people living and working in rural communities to create and manage woodlands and forests. This might mean for example, assisting farmers to make decisions about where and how to plant and manage woodland, designing economically viable schemes that provide a range of public goods.

You will help to pilot new approaches to achieve scale through the creation of group schemes and work alongside our other RCDP projects: ‘Grwp Coed Cymru’ and ‘Iconic Welsh Woodlands’. These roles will offer the successful candidate(s) the opportunity to be at the frontline in supporting farmers and landowners during a period of post ‘Brexit’ transition.

The roles will suit someone with good interpersonal skills and a sound understanding of the Welsh landscape, farming and/or forestry sectors. A background in a land-based subject and a degree in a relevant subject would be a distinct advantage. Two of the roles (Woodland Project Officers in Mid Wales and Snowdonia) will require the ability to communicate fluently in Welsh.

All positions are fully funded for 2 years. The expectation is that, subject to funding the roles may become long term positions, but at this stage there is no certainty beyond the current Rural Development Plan period.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a positive shift in land management in Wales in a way that supports farming and other land management to become more resilient through planting and managing more woodlands and small forests.

SMS Project Coordinator

The main responsibilities of the SMS Project Coordinator are:

  • Using GIS and gathering other relevant data to scope out woodland creation and management schemes, taking account benefit to farm businesses, communities and wider public goods/community/environment. This will involve the use of existing data and processes which we have developed but will also require some proactive development of the approaches
  • Liaison by a range of means with relevant stakeholders to aim to build consensus and involvement around woodland proposals, for example people within communities in Wales, NRW, National Parks, community councils, and others with a policy interest, such as NGO’s and archaeological trusts etc.
  • Assisting and coordinating the Woodland Project officers in prioritisation, targeting and reporting
  • To assist in the preparation of project claims and reports and to coordinate data collection across the 4 x Project Officers and the monitoring programme for the project
  • To follow and monitor processes for the marketing of timber etc and take the lead in procuring services where needed for the project

This position will ideally be based in Mid Wales, at least partly at our main office in Machynlleth. The role would be a good opportunity for someone interested in gaining basic project management experience at the frontline of land use policy decision making in Wales post Brexit and who was looking for a future career advancement into land management planning, investment or policy.

3. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for all posts:

  • Educated to a degree level in a relevant subject area
  • Have a good working knowledge of forestry, woodlands, woodland ecology, farming or a closely related discipline
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with experience in dealing with clients on a one to one basis, in groups and in negotiating with contractors/regulators etc
  • Be forward thinking and have demonstrable experience in understanding and applying new concepts and approaches
  • Have good written skills and demonstrable experience in producing reports and plans eg: grant applications or schedules of work.
  • Experience and ability of using Geographical Information Systems software to map projects and analyse data.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, to follow lone working procedures and safe working practices.

4. Reporting Arrangements:

You will report to the Director of Coed Cymru and be part of a small dedicated team of around 12 people across Wales which has an overall budget of circa £1m + per annum, plus capital project costs.

You will also:

Act as a role model of organisational values and:

a. Show exemplary behaviours of honesty, integrity and ethics.
b. Challenge others when they fail to act as role models.
c. Combine confidence and resilience with humility and a willingness to learn.

5. Job Location & Travel:

Locations are noted above. The post holder will be expected to travel as a core part of the role and must have the use of appropriate transport, the costs of which will be reimbursed on a per mile basis

6. Job Duration:

At present this post is funded under a Welsh Government RDP project which is fixed for up to two yearsSubject to funding posts might be extended but there is no guarantee of this at present.

7. Welsh Language:

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the team. Taking this into consideration the minimum Welsh language skills required for the post are noted above.

8. Salary: circa £25-26k p/a plus pension contributions. 

9. To Apply:

Please send:

(i) A letter of interest in the position clearly demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job as described above. Please limit this to a maximum of 1,000 words. We will use this letter to shortlist for interviews so please keep the points concise and provide clear examples and evidence of your suitability.

(ii) In addition we require a CV, containing the following basic information: 

  1. Name
  2. Contact details eg, address, telephone number, mobile number, email address
  3. Qualifications
  4. Present and previous employment [last 5 years] – please provide the job title and your accountabilities.
  5. Names and addresses of at least 2 referees should be provided.

Please send your application by e-mail to clearly indicating the job title in the message header.

10. Timescales:

Deadline for applications: midnight Thursday 31st January 2019, no correspondence will be considered after that date. Interviews will be held on the 14th and/or 15th of February in mid-Wales and you will be notified by 6th February if you are successful. We will try and contact all applicants but in the case of a high number of responses we may only notify successful candidates.

Appointment to commence asap after that date with due regard to notice periods, etc. If any further information is required please contact: and we will respond as soon as possible.

We will send this information in Welsh to anyone requesting it. You are welcome to submit correspondence in Welsh.

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