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: SMS Project Officer – Coed Cymru x 2

SMS Project Officer (Woodland Creation) x 1 (0.6 FTE)

SMS Project Officer (Woodland Restoration) x 1 (0.6 FTE)

2 Position Description:

We are recruiting two new positions (each 0.6 x FTE, 3 days per week) to help coordinate the delivery of woodland creation and management projects for our Integrated Welsh Woodlands project, based in the Mid Wales region. The roles will be home based with some working from our office in Machynlleth (subject to being able to satisfactorily apply social distancing measures, etc).

The purpose of the post will be to implement the Welsh Government Sustainable Management Scheme funded project, helping us to implement the creation and management/restoration of woodlands in Wales that are typically smaller in scale, integrated into farmed landscapes and provide high environmental and/or community value. Responsibilities will include, for example, assisting farmers to make decisions about where and how to plant and manage woodland, restoring woodlands to a more natural state and helping to deliver planting schemes that provide a range of public goods.

The role will help to pilot new approaches to achieve scale in community driven tree planting and woodland management and work alongside Coed Cymru’s other RCDP projects: ‘Grwp Coed Cymru’ and ‘Iconic Welsh Woodlands’. These responsibilities will offer the successful candidate(s) the opportunity to be at the frontline in supporting farmers and landowners during a period of post-Brexit transition into a new era of land management based on public money for public goods.

The roles will suit someone with good interpersonal skills and a sound understanding of the Welsh landscape, as well as the farming and/or forestry sectors. A background in a land-based subject would be an advantage.

All positions are fully funded until March 2023. 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.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to a positive shift in land management in Wales, in a way that supports farming and other forms of land management to become more resilient through planting and managing more woodlands and small forests.

The main responsibilities of the SMS Project Officer – (Woodland Creation) are:

  • Using GIS (support can be provided) and gathering other relevant data, to scope out woodland creation opportunities, taking account of the benefits to farm businesses, communities and wider public goods/community/environment
  • Engagement with farmers and people in communities to develop tree planting schemes
  • For schemes falling within the project remit, to help landowners to organise and manage contractors to undertake ground preparation and planting works through a framework agreement
  • Support landowners through the application process for grants and permissions for tree planting where necessary
  • Liaison by a range of means with relevant stakeholders, including people within the communities in Wales, NRW, National Parks, community councils, and others with a policy interest, such as NGO’s and archaeological trusts etc

The main responsibilities of the SMS Project Officer- (Woodland Restoration) are:

  • For schemes which fall within the project remit, to engage with farmers and landowners to plan and undertake woodland management options such as thinning and harvesting. These might be across holdings at a landscape scale
  • To liaise with contractors and obtain permissions where necessary to undertake woodland restoration works
  • Contribution to the preparation of basic woodland and forestry management plans and processes, for example assisting in production of management plans, timber measurement and felling licence applications. Full training will be provided in this respect and the opportunity available to progress to Chartered Forester/Ecologist/Surveyor status may be offered to the right candidate
  • To use GIS software to help prepare management plans and felling licences if required
  • To develop and follow processes to market timber and procure services where necessary, for example offering parcels of roadside logs for sale in an open and fair manner in accordance with our practices
  • Being aware of and supporting value adding activities for timber, such as timber milling and drying

The roles would be a good opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience at the frontline of land use policy decision making in Wales post-Brexit.

3 Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for all posts

  • Educated to a degree level in a relevant subject area
  • Have a good working knowledge of forestry, woodlands, woodland ecology, farming or other closely related disciplines
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with experience in dealing with clients on a one-to-one basis, as well as in groups, and in negotiating with contractors/regulators etc
  • Be forward thinking and have demonstrable experience in understanding and applying new concepts and approaches
  • Have good written skills and demonstrable experience in producing reports and plans, such as grant applications or schedules of work
  • Experience and ability of using Geographical Information Systems software to map projects and analyse data
  • 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/SUFT and be part of a small dedicated team of up to 12 people across Wales, with 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 until around April/May 2023Subject to funding, the post(s) might be extended 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 desirable but not essential.

8 Salary: circa £28k-£30k p/a plus pension contributions (pro rata 0.6 days p/w)

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. Given the current situation interviews will be held shortly after that via Zoom, Skype etc and you will be notified ASAP if you are successful. We will endeavour to contact all applicants, but in the case of a high number of responses we may only notify successful candidates. Please note that our office time is limited at the moment, so normal prompt responses are not always possible.

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.

We will send this information in Welsh to anyone requesting it. You are welcome to submit correspondence in Welsh.