Forestry Plant Health Support Officer
Government Recruitment Service
London, GB
4d ago
source : GOV.UK

This role encompasses a wide range of activities including to :

Support for Primary site investigation by assisting Tree and Plant Health Forestry officers with operations as required, particularly inspecting standing trees and timber.

Support site investigations related to outbreak management of pests and diseases e.g. bark beetles, chestnut blight, and Phytophthora ramorum (Pr), but also other pests and diseases as required.

Support for Pest and Disease surveillance and detection (including aerial surveillance activities).

Undertake ground surveys across a range of forest, woodland and urban sites.

Organise and supervise tree felling operations in support of investigations as required.

Assist Tree and Plant Health officers with wider environment surveys related to national operations as required.

Support pest outbreak management surveillance, in relation to particular trades or commodities.

Deliver annual audits of authorised processors of Phytophthora ramorum affected timber, and Spruce from known infested areas prior to movement.

Undertake protected zone surveys for conifer bark beetles and Pine Wood Nematode.

Inspect imported firewood.

Undertake targeted and reactive inspections of wood and wood products and isolated bark, and premises in a variety of working environments, including bulk shipments of wood and bark.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Applicants will be expected to :

  • Plan daily and weekly work schedules and agree them with their line manager or operations manager.
  • Manage and monitor personal workloads and performance, and report to line manager on a regular basis.
  • Maintain and present information in a variety of forms, including spatial data and electronic records.
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, stakeholders, contractors and customers.
  • Have contact with plant health bodies such as Forest Research and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), particularly during outbreak situations.
  • Promote a safety first culture , leading by example and motivating others to ensure that standards are understood and maintained.
  • Be open to using and trialling a variety of survey and recording techniques and equipment, including the newly developed plant health forestry mobile data gathering system.
  • The post holder will be :

    Enthusiastic with a proven track record of reliability

    Able to understand and follow instructions but also able to plan operations and work autonomously as required.

    Be well motivated, understanding the value and strength of team working and keen to work in the world of plant health.

    The role can be very physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness (working in sometimes challenging and difficult terrain and variable environments from urban to forest).

    In addition there can be extended periods of high levels of concentration associated with data gathering, recording, long working hours and significant periods of travel within acceptable limits, plus on occasions extended periods away from home.

    Prepared to undertake helicopter based flight surveys, so candidates will need to be comfortable working in this environment, once the appropriate training has been completed.

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