About the team
Our people do an important job to protect, improve and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment. A career with us means your work will have a positive purpose and real tangible impact on Scotland’s future forests.
You’ll be working as part of a small and very friendly team within the Woodland Creation & Forestry Regulations team. Our team forms part of the Operational Delivery branch in Scottish Forestry. Operational Delivery is responsible for the creation and ongoing management of procedures and guidance of forestry grants and regulations. We work closely with the five Conservancy teams across Scotland.
Our team works at the heart of many woodland creation projects and complex cases for felling, forest plans and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), providing specialist support and advice to staff across Scotland. The team also manages and monitors these processes and the UKFS Compliance Procedure.
This post will be the national lead for forestry regulations; managing the felling regulation procedures and assisting Conservancies, ensuring that procedures and guidance are up-to-date and training is available. You will be working with many people to help support them with their forestry approvals.
We are a very flexible employer. As this post is a national role and will be providing support and guidance to Conservancy staff around Scotland, we will accept applications from around the country. Some of the role will be related to staff training and complex cases (such as unauthorised felling) handled by Conservancy teams, therefore you will be required to travel some of the time.
What you will do
As Regulations Manager, you will be the lead for all aspects of felling and unauthorised felling as set out in the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 (and related regulations), which gave us new powers and procedures in relation to felling permission (including long-term forest plans) and unauthorised felling in 2019.
You will be the point of contact for advice, interpretation of legislation, escalated decisions, and to assist with responses, such as to appeals or complaints. You will also help to manage the processes for forest planning and will monitor delivery processes across Conservancies, ensuring that Scottish Forestry are delivering our regulatory responsibilities in a consistent manner and in line with Scotland’s Forest Strategy.