Regulations & Incentives Support Officer

Forestry Commission

London / South East England
£29,248 - £30,461 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental management, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 3rd July 2022   5 days left


Never has there been a more important time for trees and forests to help tackle the climate emergency and provide a much-needed sanctuary for people and wildlife. We aim to at least treble tree planting rates in England by the end of this Parliament, reflecting England’s contribution to meeting the UK’s overall target of planting 30,000 hectares per year by the end of this Parliament. This acceleration in current planting rates in England will contribute to meeting the net-zero by 2050 ambitions, and to government’s wider environmental targets. This is supported by the £640m Nature for Climate Fund announced in the March 2020 budget.

The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission have set up a joint Nature for Climate Fund (NCF) tree programme for England to support the forestry sector, landowners and communities in the delivery of these ambitions.

Forestry Commission leads the delivery of the following parts of the tree planting programme:

  • Sector capacity
  • Planting on public land
  • Planting on private land
  • Promotion and engagement

If you are passionate about the role of forestry in creating a better future for England, and want to play a key part in that, we want to hear from you.

By joining the Forestry Commission, you will become part of a team of passionate, committed colleagues, and be able to build on a wealth of expertise to take this ambitious work forward. You will be able to make your mark by helping the Forestry Commission to transform how we work together and reach new stakeholders.

Job description

We are seeking dynamic individuals with experience in forestry and/or land management, who are quick to learn and inspire and enthuse others.

The Regulations and Support officer role primarily is to support the woodland Officers in relation to current Forestry regulations and carry out compliant inspections on conditions of felling licences and Alleged Illegal felling (AIF) restock and enforcement notices. You will also partner any Woodland officer on initial site visits when a suspected AIF has taken place and a second person is required to collate information. Reviewing and processing of unconditional thinning licences are also a key part of the job.

Internal team working is also integral in the RISO role, for example across the Area Team (e.g. assisting others in ‘alleged unlicensed felling’ investigations) and the wider Forestry Commission (e.g. opportunity for review of national guidance and procedure).

Through both, you will have the ability to assist the Forestry Commission build strong working relationships to help create and manage diverse, resilient multi-purpose woodlands.

This RISO role will cover the whole of the South East and London region. The substantive office will be Bucks Horn Oak, nr Farnham. If you live within that area then you have the opportunity to work in a blended manner directly from your home, once you have become fully established in the role.

New RISO’s are expected to attend your substantive office 2 to 3 days per week to allow you to learn the role from managers and colleagues.

When fully established we would expect you to spend 1-2 days per week in BHO. If your home lies outwith your work area you will be expected to travel to your work area or BHO in your own time and cost.


  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • A civil service pension
  • 25 days annual leave plus public and privilege holidays
  • Great working environment: Offices located within the Haldon Forest Park with free car parking
  • Continual Professional Development: Support for individual learning plans and sponsored membership of professional bodies (such as the Institute of Chartered Foresters)
  • Varied experiences: Wide range of tree and woodland experiences from urban forestry to remote rural woodlands
  • Networking: Opportunity to develop dynamic relationships with pioneering stakeholders
  • Sense of accomplishment: Having a positive impact on woodlands and realising the benefits they bring
  • Being part of a progressive, dynamic and mutually supportive team
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options

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