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Beat Forester - Rothbury

  • Public sector
  • 09/07/2024
  • £34,080.00 - £36,934.00 /yearly
  • Full Time & Permanent

Job Overview

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Full Time & Permanent


£34,080 - £36,934 yearly

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Job Description

Rothbury Beat Office, Church House, Church Street, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7UP

Job summary

Background Information

Forestry England is the nations largest land manager. We have around 1,000 staff and 20,000 volunteers looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We also work in partnership with others across government and the charitable and private sectors.

North England Forest District is the largest in England, with 130 staff helping care for some 86,000ha, made up of 61,000ha of forest and 25,000ha of open land in Cumbria, County Durham, Tyne & Wear, Lancashire and Northumberland. Annual timber production is 550,000m3 and the current planting programme is more than three million trees per annum. We operate in some of Englands most remote areas, generating significant economic impact, and we are important stakeholders in many regional initiatives.

The district is home to 45 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), covering over 10,000ha, and is a major contributor to nationally significant biodiversity projects supporting red squirrels, water voles, ospreys, red kites, forest rewilding, limestone woodland and blanket bog restoration.

Our built and agricultural non-woodland estate is extensive, and we are engaged in a programme of business development which will create opportunities for additional revenue.

Rothbury beat comprises of 22 woodlands ranging in size from 100ha 3500ha, with a wide variety of conifer and broadleaf species. Some of the woodlands are in the Northumberland National Park and all are managed for multi-purpose objectives, determined by their individual character and location.

The Beat has an annual restocking programme of about 100 hectares and a timber harvesting programme of around, 50,000 m3 each year from clear felling, thinnings and low impact silvicultural systems.

This role is responsible for the line management of a Forestry Works Supervisor and three Forest Craftspersons.

Initially there will be a focus on recovery operations related to significant storm damage from winter 2021, primarily Storm Arwen.  This will include the continuation of harvesting operations within windblown areas and follow up ground preparation and restocking operations.

Job description

Purpose of the Job:

  • To manage the Rothbury Forest Beat, Team and resources effectively, efficiently and safely
  • Deliver the economic, social and environmental work programmes to achieve the District Business plan and Forestry England Strategic Framework targets.

Key Work Areas:

1. People

  • Line manage a team including a Works Supervisor and 3 Forest Craftspersons.
  • Provide a clear sense of direction for the beat. Lead and inspire colleagues to work in synergy and deliver excellent results aligned to the Forestry England Leadership Model and Strategic Framework.
  • Encourage and assist the team to innovate and deliver significant programmes, collaborating to embed shared delivery of goals and targets in demanding and busy environments.
  • Maintain and grow a positive culture within the Beat team and actively foster cross-functional collaboration and support as part of the wider District team.

2.  Beat Planning & Operational Management

Prepare and implement plans to deliver high quality forest operations across the Beat through harvesting, forest and environmental management operations, including:

  • Forest Design, Scheduled Ancient Monument and SSSI plans.
  • Completion of Operational Site Assessments for all works.
  • Completion/coordination of all necessary survey works.
  • Completion/supervision of Forest Management Programmes.
  • Completion/supervision of clear fell programmes.
  • Management of the Beat budget.
  • Ensure effective contract management for all works carried out across the Beat, ensuring compliance with industry best practice and internal FE procedures.

3. Health and Safety

  • Oversee all aspects of Health and Safety across the Beat, promoting and improving our safety culture.

4. Communication and External Liaison

  • Be a key part of the process of building and maintaining excellent working relationships with statutory consultees, local communities/landowners and internal FE functions.
  • Liaise with customers to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes.

Person specification


  • Experience of leading a team and providing support to staff.
  • Experience of planning and delivering of forest operations together with a good understanding of Health and Safety in forestry work.
  • Higher level qualification in Forestry/Land management or sufficient relevant industry experience to satisfy the requirements of the post.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.

Please clearly demonstrate how the above applies to you throughout your application. Failure to do so will mean that your application is automatically sifted out.


  • Good working knowledge of IT packages to enable appropriate work planning/monitoring (e.g. MS Office & GIS).
  • Associate or full membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service
Alongside your salary of £34,080, Forestry Commission contributes £9,201 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days annual leave increasing to 30 days after 5 years service plus 10.5 Public, privilege and additional holidays

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV and 750-word personal statement. Further details about what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Your CV will need to include your employment history as well as your qualifications.

Your 750-word personal statement will be assessed against the person specification so please align this as closely as possible to the criteria listed.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using your CV. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.


Interview: 28th August 2024 (please note this date could be subject to change)

Interviews to be held at: North England District Office, Eals Burn, Bellingham, Hexham, NE48 2HP.

For candidates invited to interview you will be asked behaviour-based questions, where we will be asking for evidence from your previous roles, and questions to see whether your experience reflects the needs of the role.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to the Forestry Commission from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.

However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs. 

Complete the Assistance required section in the Additional requirements page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if youre deaf, a Language Service Professional. 

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Civil Service is committed to attract, retain and invest in talent wherever it is found. To learn more please see the Civil Service People Plan (opens in a new window) and the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (opens in a new window).
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window).
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles.If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: [email protected]. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.


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