Central England District Ecologist (West)
Forestry Commission England
About the job
This is a district Ecologist role forming part of a small team leading on Ecology and Heritage throughout Central England Forest District. Central Forest District is responsible for the management of almost 30,000 ha of the Public Forest Estate within a triangle formed by Blackpool, Hull and Milton Keynes.
The district contains some of the busiest public woodland in the UK; provides a supply of timber supporting the UK timber industry; but also supports a wide range of important habitats and rare and important species.
The District Ecologist West will spend the majority of their time covering the West section of Central District which includes Forestry England managed woodlands within: Cannock Chase; North Staffordshire; The National Forest; Delamere Forest; The Peak District and Derbyshire; and a number of sites located between Manchester and Liverpool. It will however be necessary at times to work in other areas of the district when required.
The main elements of this role are to provide advice and guidance on species and habitats to district colleagues in order to enable the delivery of planned forest operations and recreational activities. In addition, the role involves the planning and contracting of habitat management work where needed and species specific surveys in order to inform future work.
You will be based at Birches Valley, Rugeley but will be expected to meet with the other members of the team regularly at the District office at Sherwood Pines, NG21 9JL and to travel to sites throughout the west of the district on a daily/weekly basis. This role is very varied and the district includes a wide range of sites and habitats from ancient woodland with veteran trees, lowland hay meadows to newly restored colliery sites.
The key work areas of the role are:
A minimum of an undergraduate degree in an ecological subject.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process: