About the job
The Forestry Commission are the Government’s forestry experts, and facilitate the protection, improvement, expansion and connection of England’s trees, woodlands and forestry sector. 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. Our government are committed to creating 30,000 hectares of woodland a year across the UK by the end of this Parliament. But protecting our existing trees and woodlands from pests and diseases and learning to adapt to these challenges is of equal importance.
If you are passionate about the role of forestry in creating a better future for England and want to play a key part in realising 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 revolutionise how we work together and reach new stakeholders. Our staff engagement levels are consistently well above the Civil Service average and staff turnover is well below. We value our people, we look after them, and we will look after you. We hope you will join us for the challenge.
The East & East Midlands Area stretches from Essex to the Peak District and contains over 250,000 hectares of woodland, 86% of which is owned and managed outside of the Forestry Commission’s estate. We are full of contrasts: have the two least-wooded counties in the UK; some areas are under sea level but others over 600m; we have internationally important ancient woodlands and very productive commercial plantations; we have number of important community initiatives and valuable peri-urban woodlands.
The Area Team operates from three offices distributed over the 12 counties we cover, but most staff work from home. The Area Team is led by Steve Scott (Area Director) and currently operates with 51 staff and expanding to 67; the team continues to expand to begin meeting the Government’s ambitions to create 30,000ha a year of new woodland in the UK by 2025.