Background Information on Unit
Forest Enterprise England (FEE) is offering three new trainee positions as part of a Forester Development Programme to bring on new Foresters to help support the future management of England’s Public Forest Estate.
The posts will be permanent from the outset; however will involve a two year posting to Forest Districts (FD) within England to attain the necessary skills, experience and core competencies required to become a Forester. At the end of the two years the successful candidates must be prepared to move location to fill permanent Forester positions within England. As a fully qualified Forester the post holder will be awarded Operational Pay, which essentially provides additional salary to cover the additional hours and on call demands of this role.
Candidates selected for interview will be required to deliver a short presentation (maximum 10 minutes) on what they identify as the main future challenges and opportunities for forestry in England. There will also be a separate assessment to test how the candidates existing knowledge and transferable skills are applied to practical and/or theoretical problems in forestry.
North England FD, Central England FD and East England FD will each host a Trainee Forester. Background for each FD is provided below. Candidates with a location preference can provide this at the interview stage.
North England FD covers an area of 86000 hectares in Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria and north Lancashire. The Forest Management Director is James Simpson. The Trainee will be based at Bellingham and will work alongside experienced Foresters over several beats to deliver a range of operational and planning programmes.
Central England FD covers an area of 29000 hectares in a triangle from Blackpool to Hull to Milton Keynes and is headed by Andy Medhurst as Forest Management Director. The Trainee will be based at Sherwood or Cannock and will work alongside experienced Foresters over several beats to deliver a range of planning and operational programmes.
East England FD covers an area of 35000 hectares from North Norfolk to Brighton and is headed by Jim Lyon as Forest Management Director. The Trainee will be based at Santon Downham and will work alongside experienced Foresters in the Thetford Beat to deliver a range of operational and recreational programmes in England’s largest pine forest.
Purpose of the Job
Attain the necessary skills, competencies and experiences within the job to manage resources and deliver agreed programmes both safely and on budget, through an agreed Training and Development Plan during a two year period.
Key Work Areas
• Undertake Operational Site Assessments and Risk Assessment to minimise risks of forestry operations on safety and the environment.
• Manage the implementation of a range of forestry programmes and monitor operations to ensure adherence to industry best practice and internal FEE guidance taking corrective action where required.
• Prepare and manage budgets, ensuring that any essential variances are swiftly reported to the relevant manager.
• Procure, prepare and manage contracts successfully using FEE systems through to completion in line with FEE internal guidance.
• Line manage staff to give clear direction and support to deliver FD priorities. Undertake six monthly performance review meetings with staff and agree their annual training and development needs.
• Take the lead on specific FD project/s that will be assigned where opportunity arises.
• Undertake required work in other areas of the FD including Forest Planning and Recreation and Public Affairs which will involve dealing with the public and other stakeholders.
Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise
Hold (or will attain before the 1st of October 2016) a forestry related qualification from an institution that attracts a minimum of 6 academic points on the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Accredited Courses Scheme.
Hold (or will attain before the 1st of October 2016) a forestry related qualification from an institution that attracts 5 academic points plus have worked 1 or more years in forestry to at least total 6 points towards ICF Professional Membership.
Candidates without a recognised academic qualification must be able to demonstrate equivalent expertise and experience through working in forestry that would attract 6 points towards ICF Professional Membership.
(Please refer the ICF Website www.charteredforesters.org should you require clarification on the ICF points system. If your qualification is not listed on the ICF website please contact ICF directly to determine the points applicable and state these within your application.)
Demonstrate an understanding of the main forestry operations and the controls needed to protect people and the environment.
Know what constitutes an effective forest or woodland management plan and why this is fundamental to delivering well managed woods.
Have experience working in team situations and demonstrate an ability to effectively manage people and cope with challenging situations to get the best results for all concerned.
Be proficient in using Microsoft Office packages.
Have practical experience working in forestry or other land management activities.
Be able to use technology such as Global Positioning Systems and Geographical Information Systems and understand its application in forestry.
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
Listen to, understand, respect and accept the value of different views, ideas and ways of working
Collaborating and Partnering
Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues
Listen attentively to others and check your understanding by asking questions
Delivering Value for Money
Manage information and financial data so that it is accurate, easily located and reusable
Monitor resources against plans and budget, identify and flag up variances
Managing a Quality Service
Work with team to set priorities, create clear plans and manage all work to meet the needs of the customer and the business
Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including equality and diversity and health and safety
You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply.
- Experience & Professional /Technical Expertise
- Seeing the big picture
- Changing and improving
- Leading and communicating
- Collaborating and partnering
- Delivering value for money
- Managing a quality service
Things you need to know
If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
There will an interview with a short presentation and a separate assessment exercise to test candidates’ existing knowledge and transferable skills.
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Contact point for applicants
0300 067 4202
Sift/interview dates and location
Interviews – 13 and 14 April 2016
Interview location – Birches Valley, Rugeley, WS15 2UQ
A reserve list will be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
This post is not valid after Wednesday March 23rd, 2016