Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) Forester

£30753 per annum
01 Nov 2019
29 Nov 2019
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Contract Type
Full Time
Forestry England is England’s largest land manager, nationally we have over 1,000 staff and 20,000 volunteers looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We work in partnership with others across government, charitable and private sectors. Forests are important for nature, people and the economy. They flourish with careful planning and expert management and that’s our job. We’re landscapers and foresters on a nationwide scale.

North England Forest District is the largest Forest District in England covering 86,000 hectares across Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire and Northumberland. We are responsible for the sustainable annual harvest of over half a million cubic metres of timber, replanting over 700 hectares per year as well as creating new productive woodland. We make a major positive contribution to the nation’s biodiversity through our management of over 10,000 hectares of Sites of Special Scientific Interest along with involvement in projects helping red squirrels, water voles, osprey, hen harrier, red kite, pine marten and others. Our involvement in habitat improvement, restoring natural landscapes, blanket bog restoration, limestone woodland and species reintroduction is sector leading.

Our built and non-woodland estate is extensive and we are engaged in a programme of business development which will create opportunities to further strengthen Forestry England.

Our forests welcome over one million visitors per annum and we have Forest Centres at Hamsterley, Kielder, Grizedale, Whinlatter and Gisburn along with informal recreation opportunities across all of our woodlands.

The CCF Beat sits within the Kielder Main Block. The annual harvesting programme is around 20,000m3 from a mixture of established CCF stands, stands being converted to CCF and silvicultural thinnings. The harvesting is carried out by direct production sites and standing sales. The beat has a small forest management programme of ground preparation, in-crop drainage and underplanting. The role will have a focus on wider forest resilience, species diversity and maximising thinning opportunities. The role will also manage the district delivered haulage contracts for small roundwood..
Key Work Areas


• Manage one Works Supervisor.
• To provide a clear sense of direction for the CCF Beat Team: lead and inspire them so that they work in synergy and deliver excellent results which are aligned to the Forestry England Leadership Model and Strategic Framework.
• To encourage and help the team to innovate and deliver significant programmes collaborating with others in order to embed shared delivery of goals and targets in demanding and busy environments.
• To maintain a positive culture in the CCF Beat Team and actively foster cross-functional collaboration and support as part of one Forest District team.

Beat Planning & Operational Management

• Prepare and implement plans to deliver high quality forest operations across the Beat, through harvesting, forest and environmental management operations.To include:

a. Implementation of Forest Design Plans, Scheduled Ancient Monument and SSSI plans.
b. Completion of Operational Site Assessments for all works.
c. Completion /co-ordination of all necessary survey works.
d. Completion/supervision of all operations.
• Ensure effective contract management for all works carried out across the Beat, ensuring compliance with industry best practice and internal FE procedures.

Health & Safety
• Oversee all aspects of Health and Safety across the Beat, promoting and improving our safety culture.

Communication & External Liaison

• As part of the planning process build and maintain excellent working relationships with statutory consultees, local communities & landowners and internal FE functions.

Forest Resilience
• As part of the beat, develop opportunities to improve forest resilience through species choice, site preparation and ongoing management.
• Develop this role as a focal point in the district for resilience topics and liaise with the national resilience team.
• The intention is for this role, in time, to become a district lead on resilience

The successful candidate will be required to;
• manage the CCF Beat, team and resources effectively, efficiently and safely.
• manage and maintain relationships across stakeholders and other beat teams.
• deliver the economic, social and environmental work programmes to achieve District Business plan and Forestry England Strategic Framework targets.

Person Specification


• Experience of leading a team and providing support to staff.
• Experience of planning and delivering of forest operations together with a good understanding of Health and Safety in forestry work.
• Higher level qualification in Forestry / Land management or sufficient relevant industry experience to satisfy the requirements of the post.
• Current driving licence.

• Good working knowledge of IT packages to enable appropriate work planning / monitoring, e.g. MS Office & GIS
Behaviours We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service
Benefits • Learning and development tailored to your role
25 days annual leave (increasing to 30 days after 5 years service) plus 10.5 days public, privilege and additional holidays
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Closing date 17th November