Job vacancy: Programme Manager based in Newton Stewart.

Programme Manager, Newton Stewart
£29,695 - £32,811, plus benefits

It's an exciting time for Forestry in Scotland, our organisation is changing and we need people to help us during our evolution and beyond. As a Programme Manager within South Region of Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), you will have the opportunity to work within a team to shape the current and future management of 115,000 ha of land across Galloway.

This is an exciting and forward thinking role that combines leadership with facilitation and problem solving skills. Work programmes have to be efficient and practical, but also responsive to the opportunities that the land offers and to the context of FES Corporate Plan objectives. Preparing work programmes requires you to get out and about to gain first-hand knowledge of the land and develop a thorough understanding of the key management issues. As part of the Planning Team you will be encouraged to think laterally and work with others to explore options to find the best land management solutions and to exploit new opportunities to improve the management of the National Forest Estate.

This post will be based in the Newton Stewart office of the new South Region which was established on 1st October 2018, bringing together the former Galloway and Dumfries & Borders Forest Districts as part of a Scotland-wide reorganisation of FES.

You will facilitate a ‘whole team’ approach to the preparation and implementation of work programmes, largely derived from Land Management Plans which set out clear objectives and programmes of work to secure multiple benefits on Scotland’s National Forest Estate. They address issues such as woodland, open land and habitat conservation management, ecosystem services, timber production, tree pests and diseases, access and landscape.

You will engage with a range of disciplines, and the resulting work programmes will enable all members of the wider team to understand what is required of them in managing the estate towards delivering the outcomes FES has agreed with stakeholders and regulators.

The ideal candidate will be a member, or working towards membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or another relevant professional body.

The key responsibilities for the role will include:

• Compile clearfelling, thinning, restocking, roading and new planting programmes for the west of the South Region, using Land Management Plans as the primary source of programme information. Prepare Workplans for these programmes and monitor progression of Workplan completion;
• Maintain and update spreadsheets to record programmes and their progress. Liaise with relevant staff to monitor progress against targets;
• Act as a single point of contact for staff regarding work programmes, timing of work, felling approvals, etc. Liaise with other members of the wider team on planning matters;
• Support the Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician to maintain the local GIS system and its data e.g. forest inventory data held within the sub-compartment database;
• Prepare survey areas for various forest survey work including Hylobius management, soil survey, production and attribute surveys;
• Co-ordinate work to deal with tree pests and diseases and liaise with the relevant staff to deal with these threats.

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

Please quote ref 1603975.

No recruitment agencies please.

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Closing date

9th December 2018 at 23:59