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ELM Manager

Job details
Posting date: 07 June 2024
Salary: £37,485 to £40,590 per year
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 23 June 2024
Location: Brandon
Company: Government Recruitment Service
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: 356695/1


We are seeking well-motivated individuals with skills and experience in environmental policy, and who are passionate about sustainable forest management and positive land use change. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding, and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands, while increasing their value to society and the environment.

We are recruiting for two roles within Forestry Commission’s Environmental Land Management team which focuses on the design and delivery of three new schemes being launched and expanded by Defra’s Farming and Countryside Programme. These schemes are the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Countryside Stewardship, and Landscape Recovery.

One post will work on enhancing and expanding the existing Countryside Stewardship offer to ensure this grant maximises the outcomes for forestry and environment.

One post will work on the Landscape Recovery grant scheme ensuring that these exciting, landscape scale, land use change projects, scale projects deliver on Government’s targets for forestry and the environment. This role will involve some line management.

Working in the Environmental Land Management team requires significant Forestry Commission cross-team working and maintaining close working relationships with core Defra teams, Arm’s Length Body (ALB) delivery partners, and stakeholders working on the development of the forestry elements of the schemes .

There has never been a more inspiring time to be involved in forestry. The government’s commitment to, and society’s interest in, increasing England’s tree cover and improving woodlands for wildlife has never been greater. Forest Services, Forest Research and Forestry England - and the forestry sector as a whole - all have exciting and diverse roles to play in this.

Shared work areas for the ELM Manager roles

ELM Managers share the following responsibilities in support of the ELM Development manager:

  • Represent FC at cross-Defra meetings on the policy, design and implementation of the relevant grant schemes and seeking to maximise forestry/woodland outcomes.
  • Provide feedback to project leads relating to risks, issues and progress, using professional judgement to escalate issues accordingly.
  • Provide support for engagement and communications activities with stakeholders (internal and external) regarding Environmental Land Management.
  • Assist with resource planning and recruitment.

Countryside Stewardship ELM Manager - role specific responsibilities

  • Represent the Forestry Commission at cross-Defra governance meetings around the policy, design and implementation of the three schemes, and their pilots, representing forestry interests and maximising Forestry Commission input into plans and discussions.
  • Collaborate with Subject Matter Experts within the Forest Commission, DEFRA Policy and ALBs to ensure the content of all three schemes reflects up to date forestry policy positions.
  • Work closely with other Forestry Commission and Defra teams to ensure that all three environmental land management schemes, and their pilots, can be delivered as part of a broader suite of concurrent grants and schemes – most significantly Countryside Stewardship, the English Tree Planting Programme and Tree Health grants.
  • Provide feedback to the Environmental Land Management Development Managers relating to risks, issues and progress, and use professional judgement to escalate issues accordingly.
  • Support the Forestry Commission Environmental Land Management Technical Guidance team through effective collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Landscape Recovery specific responsibilities

  • Adopt a one team working approach with colleagues across the Defra group (Defra, Natural England, Environment Agency, Historic England) for the betterment of the design and delivery of the grant, and ultimately the environment.
  • Build and maintain relationships between Forestry Commission’s Landscape Recovery team and FC subject matter experts from other grants, regulations, policy and operational teams.
  • Identify and enable the linkages between scheme design and operational delivery from central government to FC’s national office and area based operational teams.
  • Handle and manipulate project data, helping to inform Landscape Recovery’s role in reaching Government environmental targets.
  • Semi-regular presentations to a diverse range of (mostly) internal stakeholders.
  • Line management responsibilities for at least one staff member within the ELM team.
  • Occasional travel to meetings or project sites may be required.