Forestry and Land Scotland

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£25,138 – £26,525


Administrative Officer6A

Contract type


Business area

FLS – Land Management

Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working

Number of posts




About the job


Forestry and Land Scotland is geographically spread across five regions throughout Scotland and has national support teams located in both Edinburgh and Inverness. The South Region manages forests in Dumfries and Galloway, Arran and the Scottish Borders.

There are two main offices in the South Region, Newton Stewart and Ae, along with several smaller offices. We plan and deliver major programmes of work including timber harvesting, replanting forest road construction, native woodland and peatland restoration, renewable energy, recreation and outdoor learning.

The Works Supervisor will cover harvesting operations within the northern areas of Galloway Forest, and provide support to other areas when required. You will work as part of a dedicated team to provide support to the team of Harvesting and Marketing Foresters, through front line supervision and site management of Standing Sale and Direct Production harvesting operations. You will play an essential role in setting and maintaining standards in all aspects of timber harvesting.

We would welcome applications from students in the final year studying HND/BSc Forestry and would support them finishing their studies on a part time basis if their application is successful.

This is a full time post (37 hours per week), however applications from people wishing to work an alternative working pattern will be considered.

Applicants claiming a guaranteed interview will be invited for further assessment should they meet the minimum essential criteria listed below.

Job description

To support your line manager in the delivery and supervision of site operations in line with FLS policy and industry best practice


• Supervising Standing Sales and Direct Production harvesting operations in line with health and safety and environmental standards using tools such as site management plans and risk assessments.

• Be familiar with Health and Safety procedures, standards and industry best practices.

• Maintain and update records and site diaries, carry out monitoring and compliance of required standards and raise and report any issues or non-compliance to the relevant persons.

• Assist in the planning of work programmes by attending to site and operational needs.

• Use GPS or another device to accurately collect data and ensure SCDB records are updated and keep accurate.

Person Specification
• Experienced in applying land based Health and Safety and environmental practices
• Learning and implementing new procedures
• Experience in prioritising, organising and time management to complete a challenging workload
• Previous experience of problem solving to overcome challenges faced individually or as part of a team

• Experience of supervising forestry operations on a working site
• Good communication skills
• Experience following relevant policies and procedures that apply to the job
• A sound understanding of and experience in the application of contract management

Technical Skills
• Understanding of Forest operations
• Experience of using Microsoft packages including Excel, Outlook and Word
• Knowledge and understanding of Forest Industry best practice

• Currently holds or is working towards a forestry or land based qualification at HNC level or above
• Experience in the use of GIS


You need to have a full current driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK. However, we are willing to consider any proposals that would allow you to do the job by other means.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please refer to the Technical Skills section of the advert (above)


If successful you will be entitled to a large range of benefits.

This includes:
• An annual leave allowance of 25 days, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years’ service. In addition, there are currently 11.5 days of public and privilege holidays, dates of which are set annually.
• A competitive contributory pension scheme you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension.
• We recognise the importance of enabling employees to achieve a healthy work / life balance by offering flexi-time arrangements in areas of the business where it is appropriate to do so.
• Reimbursement of professional membership fees directly relevant to your job.
• Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
• Occupational sick pay.

Happy to talk flexible working

Things you need to know


People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.In the event of a high number of applicants, candidates will be selected for interview based on the lead criteria which is Experience/Technical Skills and the Lead Behaviour “Managing a Quality Service”.

The sift is due to take place on 12 February. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 22 February via Microsoft Teams..

For more information about applying for a role and working at Forestry and Land Scotland, please visit

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UKs
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.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.

Apply and further information

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Colin Saunders
Email :
Telephone : 07771810123
Recruitment team :
Email :


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