Woodlands Creation Officer Wanted - Wendover

Tree Officer Wendover, South East (United Kingdom) Full Time£31,000 - £32,000 (GBP)

Pertemps Network Group

About the job

A national government environmentalist agency is seeking a Woodland Creation Officer on a permanent basis to cover the South East & London area to facilitate the protection and expansion of these areas trees, woodlands and land management.
Key Benefits:

A Civil Service pension and family friendly benefits.
Flexible working options.
Learning and development
A culture which promotes a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Well-being benefits including discounted Civil Service Healthcare, an employee assistance programme 24/7, Bike to Work Scheme, etc.
25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years, plus 10.5 bank holidays/privilege days (pro rata).
Ability to buy or sell 5 days of annual leave.
3 days volunteering per year (pro rata).


Office-based as much as possible, 2-3 days, initially during the training first few months (Wendover Office), this will then move to remote, flexible with a minimum expectation of 1-2 days in the office once fully trained. The role will be covering: London (region), Wendover (office), South East England

Salary: £32,612 per annum

Working Hours and Days: Monday to Friday 9 am-5 pm (Some weekends for events once in a while but discretionary)

Candidate must pass civil service checks, in particular a DBS Check
Candidate must have a driving licence (Vehicle can be provided by the organisation)

Purpose of the role:

The Woodland Creation Officer represents Forest Services' front-line woodlands and forestry expertise.
Ensure delivery of Government forestry policy through the effective use of advice and incentives.
Provide an important interface between Forest Services,landowners and forestry agents, promoting, advising on, and helping to facilitate a diverse range of woodland creation proposals.
You will be expected to focus on woodland creation. Advocate the benefits of woodland creation,proactively communicate & advise landowners and investors considering woodland creation.
Work closely with the National Policy and Advice team (PAt) to ensure proposals meet the requirements of the UK Forestry Standard. Regular travel across the FS Delivery Area and occasional overnight stays will be required.
Key Job Responsibilities:

Engage and enthuse landowners on how new woodland can deliver their aspirations while also delivering multifunctional benefits to the environment, society and the economy.
Advise on funding options: grants, carbon funding, nitrate offsetting and sponsorship.
Explain the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)’s woodland design and planning requirements.
Supporting landowners and forestry agents in identifying consultees, sources of information and relevant contacts to facilitate the preparation of high-quality UKFS-compliant woodland creation design plans.
Liaison with relevant stakeholders (including tenants, Non-Government and Government organisations) to ensure plans take into account relevant views and issues.
Administration of woodland creation proposals and grant scheme applications.
Acting as the point of contact for Woodland Creation Planning Grant applications and Woodland Carbon Fund applications.
Liaising with Area teams and colleagues in the Incentives Development Team over the processing of grants.
Advising the Incentives Development Manager and Admin Officer when applications are complete or need further input from either applicants or specialist colleagues.
Responding to queries on applications.
Liaising with statutory consultees and Defra-group colleagues over proposals, as appropriate. Playing an active role in the Area team.
Engaging as part of the Area team in routine activities and discussions including health and safety, team meetings, vision and culture and business change and improvement.
Communicating and sharing lessons learned and good practice on woodland creation proposals.

Preferred Skills

Essential Skills:

Forestry or land management-based degree (or equivalent qualification) and/or significant demonstrable forestry or land management experience.
Experience in managing or advising on woodland creation and management.
Competent IT user
Proven ability to communicate with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm.

Working knowledge of the UK Forest Standard.
Experience in delivering forestry incentives/regulations.

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