Officer 2 - Forest Regulations and Tree Health (Regulatory Woodland Officer)

18 November 2021

Natural Resources Wales

  • Location: North Wales
  • Grade & Salary: G5, £30,873 rising to £34,218 over four years
  • Post number: 202912
  • Type of contract:Permanent
  • Work pattern: Full Time

Closing date: 13 December 2021

Benefits: Civil Service pension, 28 days annual leave, rising to 33 days over 5 years, flexible working options, occupational health including counselling and advisory services and eye care, childcare vouchers and salary sacrifice schemes.

Role Purpose

Forestry has never been a higher priority with increased focus on woodland creation, management of forests for multiple benefits. 

Are you an experienced in woodland management and have a good understanding of forestry legislation? Are you a good communicator with a drive and passion? Then we’ve got the job for you!

As the Regulatory Woodland Officer for Mid Wales, you'll be responsible for assessing EIA screening for new planting and felling permissions against UK Forest Standard, or investigating offences under the Forestry Act. You must be a good organiser and able to prioritise work.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic forestry professional with either good working experience in forestry or with a relevant qualification.

If this sounds like you – speak to us or simply apply now!

Forest Regulations and Tree Health team are a once for Wales team, embedded in the Mid Wales Operations Team. The remit of the team is to support the forestry sector through regulation in-line “SMNR Principles” and the UK Forest Standards. The post holder will work within a team of 13 across Wales. 

The role of this post is to act as the lead for all Forestry regulatory issues under Forestry Act 1967 and Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 within North or South Wales. The main areas of work are: a) to lead on investigating illegal forestry activities within your geographical area, b) provide technical advice to the permitting team on Felling Licences and EIA opinions requests and c) manage compliance monitoring and subsequent enforcement actions under forestry regulations. The post will also support the tree health remit of the team through occasional inspections and issuing of Statutory Notices.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Knowledge and experience of the forestry sector.
  • Good understanding of commercial business processes and pressures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with regulated business and the public, explaining issues and gaining support by influencing.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of regulatory and enforcement processes.

Please visit our website to apply.