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Woodland Officer vacancy

If you’ve always fancied practicing forestry in a fantastic location why not think about joining Forestry Commission Scotland’s Conservancy team in Argyll?

Based in Oban, a bustling port and gateway to the Isles, a Woodland Officer is no ordinary job - Argyll has the second largest softwood resource in Scotland and a busy area for commercial forestry. But forestry here is much more than spruce forests, there’s a huge variety of both places and people.

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Catherine Walker, Woodland Officer, shares her highlights about her role: “I love the challenges such a diverse job brings. No two days are the same. One day I could be walking across a hillside with the landowner discussing their woodland creation proposal, the next day visiting an Atlantic oak woodland to assess the impact of cattle grazing and the day after meeting with FCS partners to discuss Black Grouse conservation. There’s always lots going on and the work covers a wide variety of sites and woodland types, each presenting their own specific challenges. There will be days when you’ll get rained on and sometimes you can be a midge magnet but the sheer variety of work and the unique experience of working in the great outdoors in Argyll will more than make up for it. Of course there is a lot of paperwork, but a sense of humour helps in this role and life in an FCS office is rarely dull.

"And I forgot to mention that the patch covers Mull, Islay, Jura and Gigha, so you’ll get to enjoy the CalMac breakfast and…when you’re off duty, Argyll and the Isles has the best distilleries in the world.”

The region’s abundance of mountains, islands, lochs and rivers, along with its miles and miles of unspoilt coastline make it a veritable paradise for any outdoor enthusiast. So if you’re a keen angler, kayaker, hillwalker or bird watcher, Argyll is the place to live and work or bring up a family. And the social life is pretty good too.

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Perth and Argyll Conservancy is responsible for promoting and regulating all aspects of forestry and woodland management from Argyll in the west, Stirling to the south and to Montrose and St Andrews in the east.

The purpose of the job is to carry out Grants and Regulation work, provide guidance to woodland owners and managers in the area and promote forestry within Perth and Argyll Conservancy.  The Scottish Government’s 10,000 hectares per year woodland creation target, means that assessment of new woodland creation proposals are a key part of the Woodland Officer’s role, with scheme types varying from small farm woodlands to large productive conifer forests.

You’ll be involved in every stage of the assessment and approval of the scheme, from first discussions, to detailed design assessment.