Forest Planner/Assistant Forest Planner

We are currently recruiting a full-time Forest Planner, based in our Fenwick office to undertake the assessment and design and production of Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) applications, with a focus on woodland creation. This a is new and exciting role within Scottish Woodlands and therefore we want to hear from you whether you are experienced in this field or have recently graduated and looking to start your career.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct basic site and desktop survey techniques to collect, analyse and interpret site data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), aerial photography, public records and maps.
  • Undertake the preparation of all FGS application documentation including the preparation of high-quality digital visualisations and maps.
  • Engage and provide strong communication with Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Woodlands colleagues to ensure proposals comply with regulations and compliment management objectives and practical implementation.
  • Coordinate external specialist surveyors, stakeholder engagement & public consultation.
  • Undertake a range of casework including Forest Management Plans, Felling Licences, Plant health notices, tree surveys, prior notification applications and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

This is a busy and demanding role where you must be capable of working autonomously and as part of a highly motivated professional team. You will be competent in the use of IT, specifically Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel and have demonstrable knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills.

To be successful in this role you will be professional and confident in your approach to work, able to work to tight deadlines and targets, be self-motivated and have exceptional attention to detail.Ideally you will have a forestry related qualification at HND level or above however, candidates with related land-based qualifications and/or experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience of working in a similar role in the Forestry sector and a sound knowledge of silviculture and the Forestry Grant scheme is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided. Since this role involves site visits to very remote locations, a full valid driver’s licence is essential.

Benefits Package

Scottish Woodlands offers an attractive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. This includes pension scheme, life assurance and the opportunity for equity participation. For more information on working with Scottish Woodlands and to view our job applicant's privacy notice, please explore our website.

Applications should be made in writing, along with a copy of your C.V. to: