Woodland Project Officer x3

Coed Cymru

Mid, North West & South West Wales
c.£25,000 - £26,000 plus pension contributions

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

coed.cymru gareth@coed.cymru 01686 650777 Gareth Davies

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Thursday, 31st January 2019  

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: Woodland Project Officer(s) (3 posts)

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 Project Coordinator (advertised separately) to undertake a planning, coordinating and reporting role.

This advertisement is for 3 x SMS Project Officer positions.

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 for obvious circumstances.

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.

The main responsibilities of the SMS Woodland Project Officers will be:

  • In conjunction with the project coordinator, engaging with farmers and landowners to plan and promote woodland/forestry options. These would be across a holding and a landscape scale
  • Preparation of basic woodland and forestry management plans and processes, for example woodland creation and management plans, timber measurement and felling licence applications. Full training will be provided in this respect and the opportunity available to progress to Chartered Forester/Ecologist/Surveyor status may be offered to the right candidates
  • Liaison with a range of local ‘stakeholders’ to help us build consensus and involvement around woodland proposals, for example NRW, National Parks, community councils, and others with a consultation interest such as archaeological trusts, etc.
  • Use GIS software to prepare management plans, felling licences and grant applications.
  • To follow processes to market timber and procure services where necessary, for example offering parcels of roadside logs for sale in an open and fair manner in accordance with our practices
  • Being aware of and supporting value adding activities for timber, such as timber milling and drying.

The locations are:

1 x Mid Wales (based at least partly at our main office, currently Machynlleth) Welsh fluency highly desirable

1 x North West Wales (based at home/Snowdonia National Parc, Penrhyndeudraeth) Welsh fluency essential

1 x South West Wales post (based at home/Carmarthenshire County Council, Llandeilo) Welsh desirable.

Also note:

1 x South East Wales (based at Gwent Wildlife Trust nr Monmouth or Ebbw Vale) Welsh desirable. This position will be advertised separately very shortly, in association with Gwent Wildlife Trust.

These positions will be ideal for someone looking to diversify or continue existing land management experience with a view to a long term career in the woodland and forestry sector, which is set for long term growth.

3.  Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 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 gareth@coed.cymru 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: gareth@coed.cymru 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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