South England Forest District manages some 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset and South Wiltshire. The varied, mixed woodlands produce some 100,000 m3 of timber each year, of which 25,000 m3 is hardwood. The land management team have responsibility for an extensive programme of habitat restoration, principally ancient woodland and lowland heath.
Much of the land is of high importance for nature conservation, supporting some 29,000 hectares (ha) deemed to be of national importance for wildlife of which approximately 28,000 ha are also designated as being of international importance for biodiversity as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites. The majority of the land managed by the District is also within areas designated for their landscape value, including 4,000 ha within AONBs and 31,500 ha across two National Parks.
The area receives some 20 million day visits by the public each and includes two major Forest Centres at Moors Valley Country Park and Alice Holt Woodland Park.
The Public Forest Estate is managed around three pillars of sustainability: People, nature and the economy. The Land Management Team plays an important role in applying these objectives to ensure that we meet the highest standards of sustainable land management delivery.
Purpose of the job:
To work as part of the Beat team completing a wide range of management and maintenance tasks to help meet South England Forest District work commitments.
Key Work Areas:
Conservation and Environment
Apply acquired skills and appropriate resources to perform the tasks required in the management, maintenance and restoration of the Heathland, Wetland and Ancient Woodland habitats of the forest.
Such tasks will involve; scrub clearance including the felling of seedling pine and birch, mire restoration works, pollarding and coppicing of holly and various tree species.
Use acquired skills, appropriate materials and equipment for the regeneration, protection and maintenance of woodlands.
Tasks will include; tree planting, vegetation control/management, including the application of herbicides, fence/gate erection and maintenance, drainage, tree felling, timber measurement and the use of maps and surveying equipment.
Apply acquired skills and appropriate resources to the construction and maintenance of recreational facilities.
Tasks will include; maintenance of paths/tracks, erection and maintenance of gates, barriers, signs, posts and rails together with vegetation management and communication with the public.
Team working and Health & Safety
Operate and maintain available tools and resources to required standards and ensure that a safe working site and safe methods are maintained for health and safety purposes. To work constructively and effectively with immediate work colleagues and the wider Forest District team.
Participate in evening and weekend duty roster. This may include assisting the emergency services in responding to forest fires and incidents.
Person Specification for Success Profiles Behaviours:
â€¢ Proactively contribute to the work of the whole team and remain open to taking on new and different roles.
â€¢ Build supportive relationships with your colleagues.
â€¢ Listen to alternative perspectives and needs, respond sensitively and checking understanding where necessary
â€¢ Ask for help when needed and support others when the opportunity arises.
Managing a Quality Service
â€¢ Act to prevent problems by identifying issues, reporting them and providing solutions.
Delivering at Pace
â€¢ Always work with focus and pace to get the job done on time and to a high standard.
â€¢ Following the relevant policy, procedures and rules that apply to the job.
â€¢ Keep focused on delivery and take responsibility for the quality of work produced.
â€¢ Keep managers and stakeholders updated on how work is progressing.