Central England District Ecologist (West)

Forestry Commission England
Closing date: 6 Oct 2019
Location: Mansfield, East Midlands, NG21 9JL : Rugeley, West Midlands, WS15 2UQ

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.

Job description

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:

  • Providing species, habitat and heritage advice, support and guidance to district colleagues to ensure appropriate management of habitats, features and species and compliance with legislation and the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS).
  • Provide interpretation, where necessary, of ecological information (reports/records) in order to facilitate the appropriate management of sites.
  • Maintaining professional knowledge and competency through internal and external training both formal and informal.
  • Foster and maintain constructive relationships with individuals from external organisations and attend stakeholder meetings where necessary.
  • Continue working on the long-term district wide approach to prevent the growth and spread of non-native invasive plant species.
  • Update and maintain district SSSI & Scheduled Monument management plans and ensure required management work is planned into the annual work programme and budgets.
  • Ensure non-designated priority habitats are appropriately mapped, monitored and managed. Assist in the planning of habitat management work when required.
  • Plan and manage key ecological and heritage surveys throughout the district in order to supplement our knowledge where most needed.
  • Conduct key species and habitat surveys where feasible throughout the district to inform district colleagues when planning operations, events or developments.
  • Provide ecology and heritage work updates to be shared on the team Instagram and Yammer feeds in order to promote the positive work being undertaken annually throughout the District.


  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree in an ecological subject
  • Experience balancing ecological requirements with conflicting commercial & social objectives.
  • Specific species and habitat survey and management techniques.
  • European protected species licences are desirable.
  • Significant experience working in an ecological/environmental field.
  • CIEEM membership is desirable but not essential.


A minimum of an undergraduate degree in an ecological subject.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

published: 06 September 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.