Woodlands Officer

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Surveying
Kendal LA9, UK
Salary:
£32,199 - £37,651 per annum
Permanent
Status:
Full Time
Closing Date:
30 Jun 2024

More details

Our new Woodlands Officer role will develop and deliver Woodlands Management Plans on our owned woodland across the national park, which extends to some 530 Ha (1310 Acres). These woodlands offer a diverse and rich opportunity for the Lake District National Park Authority to conserve and create further natural habitats as well as develop and ensure the promotion of access for all, whilst ensuring sustainable and affordable management plans in place for the future safeguarding of these special assets.

The role will undertake and be responsible for all our health and safety aspect on the owned woodland assets, including liaison with the Ranger and Property teams to ensure the safe maintenance of our woodlands where they have high foot fall from visitors and local communities.

We’ve moved to hybrid working combining working from home and days at our office base in Kendal or in Threlkeld in the north of the national park. You’ll be provided with a laptop to enable you to access our secure IT network when working remotely.

The role
As a senior member of the Property team, you’ll support and deliver the day-to-day operation and management of the Lake District National Park’s woodland assets, including liaising with stakeholders and communities, developing business rationale, and the delivery and implementation of policy documents, management plans and grants. You’ll bring all our owned woodlands into active management to improve biodiversity and secure their futures within the National Park landscape. Emphasis will be placed on sustainable management and restoring their ecological value.

The Woodland Officer will be crucial in the development and delivery of a more sustainably focused management of our woodlands. You’ll have the opportunity to become involved in Team Nature along with the relevant Programme Boards and be familiar with handling project briefs along with experience in applications for grant funding, specifically woodland management plans.

About you
As well as a strong background in woodland management and a relevant qualification in this field, you’ll demonstrate membership of a relevant professional body and evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). In addition, you’ll be experienced at managing and working with a range of stakeholders.

Other requirements include:

• Understanding the recreational, economic, environmental and social value of woodlands
• Comprehensive understanding and experience in the management of woodland and the associated legislation surrounding them
• Knowledge of national and regional policies and regulatory environment as they affect woodlands
• Strong commitment to the concept and importance of protected landscapes

In addition, you’ll have experience of:

• Managing woodlands in a variety of settings, including for risk, Health and Safety and wellbeing
• Working on woodland strategy, policy, initiatives and practice in protected landscapes
• Leading on woodland management plan creation and applications
• Financial and habitat outcomes from the management and delivery of woodland management plans
• Working in partnerships and in multi-disciplinary teams to achieve shared objectives
• Management of contractors and other delivery operatives
• Initiating and developing projects through external funding

Please read the attached role profile for the full person specification on this post.

Working with us, you’ll enjoy
• Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
• Cycle to Work schemes
• Paid time off so you can volunteer
• Subsidised healthcare scheme
• Commitment to wellbeing

We’re happy to talk about flexible working – let us know if you want to find out more.

Contact
For an informal discussion about the position please contact Jane Fretwell (Head of Resources) at jane.fretwell@lakedistrict.gov.uk or 01539 792654

We reserve the right to close this advert early should we receive sufficient applications, so please apply early to avoid missing this opportunity.

Diversity and Inclusion
As an equal opportunity's employer, the Lake District National Park Authority is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination based on age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

Disability Confident Employer
We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria, as well as meeting any of the qualification, skills or experience defined as essential.