Woodland & Tree Officer x3

North Pennines AONB

County Durham and Cumbria
£31,895 - £35,336 (pro rata)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental management

Closing date: Sunday, 29th May 2022  


We are looking for confident and experienced conservation professionals to help us meet some ambitious targets for tree establishment in the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park until the end of March 2025.

Heart of the Pennines Forest is a three-year project, a collaboration between the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, which will establish the kinds of tree cover which are a good fit for our landscape and work alongside High Nature Value farming systems (small scale woodland planting and low-density wood pasture with scrub and scattered canopy trees). Also included in the project are a deer monitoring and control strategy and a small native upland tree nursery.

Three new woodland and tree officers, working in County Durham (North Pennines AONB) and Cumbria (North Pennines AONB and Yorkshire Dales National Park), will advise land managers on appropriate woodland creation, tree planting and natural regeneration schemes. You will help land managers with scheme design, sources of funding and contractors to meet our targets for tree and scrub establishment, and you will advise on the care or restructuring of existing plantations and woodlands.

Applicants should be educated to Higher Diploma level (Level 5) in conservation, ecology, environmental management, forestry or a related subject together with having an excellent track record in project management of nature conservation/recovery schemes.

A part time officer employed to cover the Yorkshire Dales Cumbria patch is likely to be employed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. All other officers would be employed by Durham County Council (host authority of the North Pennines AONB Partnership).

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority salary is £26,974 - £32,797 pro rata (18.5 hours per week)

We are also running an optional on-line Q&A session for anyone who would like to meet the AONB staff team who will be working with the successful candidate, before deciding whether or not to make an application. This will be held at 5:30pm on Monday 16th May on Zoom. If you would like to be sent the link, please email [email protected]

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th June 2022.

More information, including application details: https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/Woodland_Tree_Officer/224302

Applications to be submitted by Sunday 29th May.

For more information about the post and the project please contact Sarah Tooze [email protected] to chat via email or to arrange a call.