Coed Cymru follows general best practice recruitment principles:

Merit – means the appointment of the best available person: no one should be appointed to a job unless they are competent to do it and the job must be offered to the person who would do it best.

Fair – means there is no bias in the assessment of candidates. Selection processes must be objective, impartial and applied consistently.

Open – means that job opportunities must be advertised publicly and potential candidates given reasonable access to information about the job and its requirements, and about the selection process.

1 Title of Job: Grwp Coed Cymru Project Officer (Timber)

2 Position Description:

We are recruiting a new Project Officer position to help us increase economic value from native broadleaved woodlands in Wales, develop and strengthen markets for hardwood timber. The role will improve links between people who manage Welsh woodlands and end users within Wales and beyond. It will require a knowledge of timber products, the ability to be innovative and to identify opportunities for Welsh timber in the design of new and existing products. It may involve taking a design led approach to develop product concepts with commercial partners, to help to support sustainably managed woodlands for biodiversity and climate through product specification and uses.

The candidate will be expected to be apply their knowledge to help us select, convert to correct specifications, dry, store and grade hardwood timber destined for uses such as furniture and joinery and to ensure that the requirements of end users are fed back to those planning and undertaking timber thinning operations. Most of these activities will be carried by working with others meaning you will need to have the ability to engaging with people to achieve a result.

Applicants will need to be proactive, able to motivate and organise their own workload, think beyond current mechanisms and be innovative. You will work alongside our Sustainable Management Scheme projects and there could be opportunity for long term professional development offered to the right candidates. The roles will suit someone with good interpersonal skills and a sound understanding of the Welsh landscape, farming and/or forestry sectors and timber utilisation. The post holder will ideally be based in mid Wales with ability to spend some of the time at our main office in Machynlleth.

All positions are fully funded for at least two years until 2023 under the current RDP. The expectation is that, subject to funding the roles may become long term positions, but at this stage there is no certainty beyond the current Rural Development Plan period. Part of the role would be assisting in development of longer term more resilient funding models.

We have a budget for a full time post until June 2023, but would consider proposals to work part-time.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a positive shift in land management in Wales in a way that supports planting and managing more woodlands and small native forests.

The main responsibilities are:

  • Identify and work with commercial partners to identify product opportunities and develop markets for Welsh hardwood timber
  • Feedback clear specifications and provide knowledge about drying and grading etc, to woodland managers, harvesting contractors, timber processors, taking account of what is realistic to expect from the types of woodlands involved in the project
  • Work with designers and others to identify opportunities that can be developed further for the specification and use of Welsh hardwoods in relevant product areas
  • Contribute to the development of verification and certification schemes for the restoration and expansion of native woodland in Wales
  • Publicity and attendance of events etc, as necessary to further the role
  • To always follow and help develop processes and procedures to operate group contracts and schemes to market woodland / forest products

3 Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ideally educated to a degree level in a relevant subject area
  • Have a good working knowledge of one or more of timber, forestry, woodlands, processing and drying, design and making
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with experience in dealing with clients on a one to one basis
  • Be forward thinking and have demonstrable experience in understanding and applying new concepts and approaches
  • Demonstrate experience in developing projects and/or products etc
  • Have good written skills and demonstrable experience in producing reports and plans eg: grant applications or schedules of work.
  • Ability to work unsupervised, to follow lone working procedures and safe working practices

4 Reporting Arrangements:

You will report to the Director of Coed Cymru and be part of a small dedicated team of up to 12 people across Wales which has an overall budget of circa £1m + per annum, plus capital project costs.

You will also:

Act as a role model of organisational values and:

a. Show exemplary behaviours of honesty, integrity and ethics.

b. Challenge others when they fail to act as role models.

c. Combine confidence and resilience with humility and a willingness to learn.

5 Job Location & Travel:

Locations are noted above. The post holder will be expected to travel as a core part of the role and must have the use of appropriate transport, the costs of which will be reimbursed on a per mile basis

6 Job Duration:

At present this post is funded under a Welsh Government RDP project which is fixed for up to three yearsSubject to funding posts might be extended into the future but there is no guarantee of this at present.

7 Welsh Language:

Due consideration has been given to the Welsh language requirements for the post and the existing skills within the team. Taking this into consideration the minimum Welsh language skills required for the post are noted above.

8 Salary: circa £30k p/a plus pension contributions.

9 To Apply:

Please send:

(i) A letter of interest in the position clearly demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the job as described above. Please limit this to a maximum of 1,000 words. We will use this letter to shortlist for interviews so please keep the points concise and provide clear examples and evidence of your suitability.

(ii) In addition we require a CV, containing the following basic information: Name

  1. Contact details eg, address, telephone number, mobile number, email address
  2. Qualifications
  3. Present and previous employment [last 5 years] – please provide the job title and your accountabilities.
  4. Names and addresses of at least 2 referees should be provided.

Please send your application by e-mail to [email protected] clearly indicating the job title in the message header.

10 Timescales:

Deadline for applications: midnight 23rd May 2021, no correspondence will be considered after that date. We will aim to hold the interviews shortly after that by Zoom / Skype and you will be notified as soon as possible if you are selected for interview. We will try and contact all applicants but in the case of a high number of responses we may only notify successful candidates and we are finding it difficult to respond to everyone promptly in the present circumstances, so please bear that in mind.

Appointment to commence asap after that date with due regard to notice periods, etc. If any further information is required please contact: [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

You are very welcome to submit correspondence in Welsh.