Job vacancy: Planning Forester based in Fort William/Oban

Salary: £29,695 - £32,811

The west of Scotland is the mostly heavily afforested area of Britain with a wide variety of exciting and productive forests ranging from substantial areas of Sitka spruce, through to more diverse conifers and significant areas of important native woodland.

The role of the Forest Planner is to work with others and facilitate the production of land management plans that bring together all these key objectives and find a solution seeking balance that delivers on productive, social and environmental objectives.

There are many challenges varying from steep ground, to tree disease, variable soils and protecting the forest from browsing animals – this all sits in a context of magnificent scenery and the importance of working with wood processors to deliver key timber programmes in unison with other key social and biological objectives.

The West Region of Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) covers 146,000ha of the west extending from Campbeltown in the South up to Glengarry in the north, spreading to Mull at its Western limit and as far inland as Tyndrum. Production of high quality conifer timber is a key part of the regions aims, whilst ensuring we conform to UK Forestry Standards (UKFS) and deliver important social, scenic and environmental benefits. The forest economy is of great importance as a rural employer with forest cover being the predominant land use in much of the region area. Timber production is currently about 700,000m3 pa, with the private sector also supplying a similar quantity of timber to the processing sector.

The Region is headed by the Regional Manager (RM), You will be responsible to the Planning Manager and the RM.

The key responsibilities for the role will include:

• To compile and deliver UK Forestry Standard compliant, resilient Land Management Plans, revisions and amendments with a focus on the interrelation of these plans to region and national strategic commitments;
• Work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the Land Management Plans are balanced and reflect Scottish Government priorities whilst conforming to guidelines and constraints;
• Option and financial testing of plan scenarios in conjunction with other staff looking at impact on the production forecast and resilience in relation to future timber markets and operational cost benefit.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:

Please quote ref 1610815.

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0300 067 5300

Closing date

6th January 2019 @ 23:59