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Planning & Environment Works Supervisor

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location England (East Anglia) - UK
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 19/05/2014
Company Name Forestry Commission
Contact Name HR
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Background Information

East England Forest District covers an area of 35,000 hectares (ha) from North Norfolk to Brighton via The Chilterns and is headed by Jim Lyon as Forest Management Director with over 100 directly employed staff.

The 35,000ha includes over 20,000ha of land designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and contains 97 Scheduled Monuments. The district has 2,655ha of Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland (ASNW) and 7,661ha of Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). Annual timber production is over 200,000m3.

The main office, where this post is based, is in the village of Santon Downham, which is between Brandon and Thetford on the Norfolk/Suffolk border but there are also outstationed staff in four other locations across the district.

Purpose of the Job

To support the Planning & Environment team by carrying out a wide variety of tasks including surveys, GIS data capture, audits, tariffing, practical conservation tasks, staff/volunteer supervision and contract management. The Planning and Environment team consists of the Planning and Environment Manager, District Ecologist, Forest Planner and two part time GIS Technicians. The role will require occasional weekend or evening working.

Key Work Areas

Carry out and manage a range of forest surveys - e.g. standing timber measurement, planting density assessments, tree disease monitoring, native flora and habitat assessments.

Input and update data to district GIS systems, ensuring that forest inventory information is accurate.

Ensure that survey data is completed on time and to a high standard.

Manage and supervise staff, volunteers and contractors.

Person Specification



Knowledge of working with and editing ESRI ArcGIS

A thorough understanding of forestry mensuration and survey techiques

Knowledge of conservation management techniques applicable to lowland England

Experience of contract management

Professional and Technical Expertise

Competence in a range of other IT applications e.g. MS Word, Excel, Access

Knowledge of native flora and fauna surveying

Formal education in Forestry or related Environmental Degree

NPTC certificates for tree felling by chainsaw and pesticide application

Seeing the Big Picture

Keep up to date with a broad set of issues relating to the work of the Department

Take an active interest in expanding your knowledge of areas related to your role

Changing and Improving

Understand and apply technology to achieve efficient and effective business and personal results

Consider and suggest ideas for improvements, sharing this feedback with others in a constructive manner

Leading and Communicating

Display enthusiasm around goals and activities – adopting a positive approach when interacting with others

Express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others

Collaborating and Partnering

Demonstrate interest in others and develop a range of contacts outside your team to help get the job done

Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues

Managing a Quality Service

Ensure that levels of service are maintained – flag up risks or concerns including health and safety in order to meet customer requirements

Keep internal teams, customers and delivery partners fully informed of plans and possibilities

Delivering at Pace

Take ownership of problems in your area of responsibility

Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK.  However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by other means.
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