Forest Planner - South West Scotland Region

Scottish Woodlands Ltd is a leading forestry management company with a long tradition of serving forest owners and investors in Scotland and the rest of the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of forest, estate and land-related services underpinned by our in-depth market experience, knowledge base and commitment to quality. The business is largely employee owned, and this encourages a dedication and commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and customer focus. Our aim is to understand each client’s specific objectives and then to provide a service which is both flexible and personal.



text-align:justify;text-align:center">We are currently recruiting a full-time Forest Planner, to undertake the assessment and design and production of Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) applications, with a focus on woodland creation.


text-align:justify;text-align:center">This position will cover the South West Scotland region, and will involveregular travel to various sites as part of the role. Location of work can be flexible for the right candidate, remote working may be possible, however a presence in the regional office will be required.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Conduct basic site and desktop survey techniques to collect, analyse and interpret site data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), aerial photography, public records and maps.
  • Undertake the preparation of all FGS application documentation including the preparation of high-quality digital visualisations and maps.
  • Engage and provide strong communication with Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Woodlands colleagues to ensure proposals comply with regulations and compliment management objectives and practical implementation.
  • Coordinate external specialist surveyors, stakeholder engagement & public consultation.
  • Undertake a range of casework including Forest Management Plans, Felling Licences, Plant health notices, tree surveys, prior notification applications and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

This is a busy and demanding role where you must be capable of working autonomously and as part of a highly motivated professional team. You will be competent in the use of IT, specifically Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel and have demonstrable knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You should be able to demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. To be successful in this role you will be professional and confident in your approach to work, able to work to tight deadlines and targets, be self-motivated and have exceptional attention to detail.

Ideally you will have a forestry related qualification at HND level or above however, candidates with related land-based qualifications and/or experience are also encouraged to apply. Experience of working in a similar role in the Forestry sector and a sound knowledge of silviculture and the Forestry Grant scheme is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

Since this role involves site visits to very remote locations, a full valid driver’s licence is essential.

Scottish Woodlands offers an attractive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. This includes: - 

  •      Company vehicle        
  •      Permanent health insurance
  •      Pension scheme
  •      Private healthcare
  •      Life assurance
  •      Opportunity for equity participation.
  •      Excellent personal and career development opportunities
  •      Company that is 80% owned by staff.

Applicants will also be given excellent personal and career development opportunities and will be part of a highly professional and motivated team. For more information on working with Scottish Woodlands or for details of the information gathered during our recruitment process, please see our Job Applicant Privacy Notice on the careers section of our Webpage –

If you want to be part of one of the UK’s leading Forestry Companies, leading development within the sector where you can grow your career in this thriving industry, then we want to hear from you.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact