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We’re looking for people to help plan, manage and care for our forests and land across Scotland.

Would you like to shape the future of Scotland’s forests and land? Or look after some of the 9% of Scotland that we manage? It’s not just forests, we also restore peatlands, maintain a wide range of habitats and landscapes, and attract millions of visitors to our land every year. We manage extensive forests and ancient policy woods, coasts and mountains, woodlands around towns and windfarm sites, steep slopes and native woodlands – if you are looking for a challenge then this could be for you!

Interested? Find out more about current opportunities to join our Regional teams across Scotland by selecting from the options below:

Forest Planner

We’re recruiting for Forest Planners to prepare plans that set out how we are going to care for Scotland's national forests and land in the future.

If you enjoy getting outside, working with others and exploring options and ideas about how best to manage the land for future generations; and you are also experienced in analysing information and writing succinct reports, this may be the job for you.

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who have an interest in making the most of the opportunities that the land has to offer, are knowledgeable about wider issues such as climate change and long term sustainable land use, and are keen to develop practical solutions to ensure the land is in good heart for future generations.

Here’s what Catriona Maclennan has to say on the diversity of her work:

"The planning role is all encompassing – a jack of all trades. I can use my experience gained from carrying out most types of manual work to management – involving forest management, recreation, managing buildings, harvesting, private woodlands and plant health. All of this has given me a solid appreciation of most aspects of forestry and provides me a perspective of forestry and land management from multiple viewpoints and considerations. However, I am fully aware that I don’t know everything, and I am not too frightened to ask questions – even if they sometimes sound stupid."

"A Planning Forester may be assigned to carry out 10 year land management plans, but in reality it is a team effort, using as wide a pool of knowledge and experience as possible to reach the best outcome, (with help from colleagues in other organisations and the public too). Forestry and Land Scotland is great at providing training. I may be new to this role, but thanks to all the tremendous colleagues who are so generous with their time and advice I have found myself settling in quickly – and the craic is good too!"

These roles are based across Scotland. We live and work in iconic or sometimes spectacular but lesser known areas, often with great access to outdoor activities but never far from major towns either. To find out more about the areas these roles are based in, you can visit our where we live and work page on our website.

We understand that changing your role or workplace can be a big decision to make, with many aspects to consider. In addition to a generous pay, holiday and pension package we also offer:

  • Genuine consideration of flexible working options, such as compressed hours and a mixture of virtual, home and remote working;
  • Flexi-time with the ability to take off up to 2 days per month period (in addition to your annual leave allowance);
  •  An environment that supports work/life balance for everyone in the team;
  •  Consideration of job sharing opportunities;
  •  Opportunity to pursue continued professional development.

Whatever your circumstances, if you think you would be the right fit for our team and meet the essential criteria for the role, we encourage and welcome your application.

Apply now

Please search for reference REQ0028 Planning Forester

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