Woodland Officer, Welshpool

Job Summary

Reference: 191102526
Job Type: Temporary
Location: Welshpool
Salary: 12.22 per hour
Date Posted: 10/12/2016

Job Description

We are looking for a Regulatory Woodland Officer to carry out regulatory, plant health and legacy grant scheme inspections so that the forestry and woodland sector within Wales delivers sustainable woodland management in line with the Woodlands for Wales Strategy, the UK Forest Standard and UKFS Guidelines.


- Assess felling licence applications within 4 weeks of submission ensuring the proposals meet the UK Forest Standard and UKFS Guidelines.

- Assess and approve Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).

- Provide field support to facilitate the issue of Statutory Plant Health Notices (SPHNs) where this is required, particularly for inspections of larch in early summer.

- Investigate reports of alleged illegal felling - fully update ROC (report of contravention) form

- Assess and approve Forest Design Plans (FDPs) and amendments to FDPs

- Assess and approve Habitat Regulation Assessments (HRAs)

- Administer five years of legacy grant schemes, including inspections of areas felled and areas planted and claimed.

- Undertake seed inspections and ensuring seed collectors comply with the Forest Reproductive Materials (FRM) Regulations.

- Take an active part in communications opportunities and promoting the National Services Directorate work wherever possible.

Job Specific Criteria:

1) Essential Land management based qualification; or working towards a recognised land management based qualification (ideally with a substantial forestry element); or working towards professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters; or considerable practical experience of forestry or related land management.

2) Essential Good IT skills including experience in using Microsoft Office, in particular MS Outlook, Word and Excel.

3) Desirable A working knowledge of forestry legislation and grants schemes such as Glastir would be an advantage.

4) Desirable Experience of woodland management or rural management practices and land-use issues.

Welsh Language Requirements:

Level 1 The ability to use basic Welsh conversational phrases (e.g. bore da' good morning') and to pronounce Welsh place names correctly.

Additional Information:

Full driving licence This post requires a degree of travel (circa 10k miles per year) and there is a requirement to travel to attend team meetings throughout Wales. An official vehicle may be available from agreed locations for official journeys.

For further information please contact Clare Choytooa at Pertemps Managed Solutions on 0118 9500 580 or at clare.choytooa@pertemps.co.uk