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Operations Administrative Officer

About the Company

Job Information

  • Region

    South East England, South West England

  • Location

    The preferred FC office locations are Bristol, Bucks Horn Oak in Farnham, Surrey or Bullers Hill in Exeter, Devon. All posts will require regular office presence with some travel nationwide.

  • Salary

    £23, 098

  • Date Posted


  • Closing Date

    Closing Soon 19/02/2023

Job description

Never has there been a more important time for trees and forests to help tackle the climate emergency and provide a much-needed sanctuary for people and wildlife. We aim to at least treble tree planting rates in England, reflecting England’s contribution to meeting the UK’s overall target of planting 30,000 hectares per year by the end of this Parliament. This acceleration in current planting rates in England will contribute to meeting the net-zero by 2050 ambitions, and to government’s wider environmental targets. This is supported by the £640m Nature for Climate Fund announced in the March 2020 budget. If you are passionate about the role of forestry in creating a better future for England, and want to play a key part in that, we want to hear from you.

By joining the Forestry Commission, you will become part of a team of passionate, committed colleagues, and be able to build on a wealth of expertise to take this ambitious work forward. You will be able to make your mark by helping the Forestry Commission to transform how we work together and reach new stakeholders. Forest Services as part of Forestry Commission are the Government’s forestry experts. We advise nationally and locally on how to unlock the full potential of woodlands and support the forestry sector to protect, improve and expand England’s valuable woodland assets, ensuring that they continue to provide benefits to people, the environment, and the economy.

This role sits within the Forest Services (FS) Operational Delivery Profession (ODP) team.

The Operational delivery team delivers services to Forestry Commission (FC) customers for Grants and Regulations, including circa 2500 felling licences per year, and 1000 grant applications. The role is responsible for the operational element of approximately £50M in grant approvals and payments. The team works closely with the Area teams, our technical experts in the field, to administer woodland grants and regulations across England. The team’s main function is to provide grants for tree planting, woodland management and tree health, also enforcing the Forestry Act through regulatory processes such as felling licence applications and environmental impact assessments.

We aim to provide a great place to work, whichever location you work from. Blended working forms part of our flexible and inclusive approach to future ways of working. It is an informal arrangement which gives you the option to work some of the week from home, and some of the week from our Forestry Commission workplaces, subject to role requirements, business needs, and regular review. Informal blended working arrangements will be available as agreed with the line manager.

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