Planning Forester

Forestry England

Sherwood Pines, Mansfield
£27,235 - £29,577 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental management

Closing date: Sunday, 11th July 2021  

Forestry England's, Central England Forest District are looking for a motivated individual to work with colleagues across the Forest District to review and draft long term Forest Plans that satisfy our business needs and the interests of stakeholders, turning high level policy ambitions into delivery across our nation's forests.

The post holder will work with a number of forest beats focusing on the East side of the districtin Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The post will be based at Sherwood Pines office with travel as needed to other parts of the district.

Central Forest District is responsible for the management of almost 30,000 ha of the Public Forest Estate within a triangle formed by Blackpool, Hull and Milton Keynes.

The district contains some of the busiest public woodland in the UK; provides a supply of 153,000m3 of timber supporting the UK timber industry; but also supports a wide range of important habitats, rare and important species and heritage features.

The district has a target to triple restocking to tackle climate change, mitigate against the impact of pests and disease, guarantee the future timber supply and develop more resilient forests.

Job description

The role focuses on the preparation, drafting, consultation and finalizing of locally distinctive forest plans working in collaboration with the beat and the ecology teams in order to maintain a full suite of approved plans to meet sustainable business plan targets. Appropriate foresight will need to be incorporated into plans to promote long-term forest resilience.

Through site visits you will gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities in each Forest Plan area and collaborate with colleagues to identify silvicultural requirements, explore land management options that align with our broader economic, environmental and social aims and develop pragmatic spatial plans to meet land management objectives.

The post holder will also be communicating and consulting with a wide range of Forestry England staff, statutory and non-governmental organisations to ensure proposed plans are compliant with policies, the UK Woodland Assurance Standard and the UK Forestry Standard.

The District is covered by over 50 forest plans, some of the plans are linked to other management plans, for example SSSI management plans and Scheduled ancient monument plans.

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