Civil Engineer

Forestry Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 9th October 2022



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£27,235 - £29,577


Executive Officer
Pay Band 5

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FC - Forestry England

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Forestry England is an organisation like no other. Our strong values and shared ambition to connect everyone with the nation’s forests underpin all that we do.

Civil engineering underpins the delivery of Forestry England’s operational activities. The infrastructure we build and maintain supports all that Forestry England delivers. From the supply of sustainably sourced timber, through to being the largest outdoor recreation provider in the country, civil engineering is vital to our success.

This post is an extremely varied and exciting opportunity to join the Forestry England Civil Engineering team. You will play a key role, providing civil engineering leadership, assurance and technical services, in support of our organisational objectives.

Being part of Forestry England is to be part of a progressive and inclusive organisation, where you will work in and amongst some of the most diverse and spectacular natural environments in England. Our benefits include a generous holiday entitlement, substantial training, development and volunteering opportunities, flexible and blended working arrangements and membership of an excellent civil service pension scheme.

Job description

We are looking for 2 Civil Engineer with a real passion for engineering. The successful candidate will assist with the day to day operations of the Civil Engineering team function within the Yorkshire Forest District.

You will be responsible for assisting the District Civil Engineer in providing ongoing management of all civil engineering assets, provide support to our harvesting operations and Recreational Activities and ensure that our infrastructure is up to Forestry England standards


Key Work Areas

• Assisting the District Civil Engineer in the implementation of the civil engineering delivery across the Yorkshire forest district to Forestry England standards.

• Undertake civil engineering asset inspections as part of the annual inspection programme across the district.

• Act as programme manager and engage with contractors to deliver on time and to budget under the Civil engineering framework.

• Monitor adherence to specification, quality of delivery, and health and safety management of contracts and address any shortfall with the District Civil Engineer.

• Assist the District civil engineer in fulfilling its obligations under CDM2015.

• Be aware of, and manage accordingly, the need to engage positively with other stakeholders including the project team throughout the project development and contract period.

• Encourage and promote a safe working culture through regular monitoring and recording of contractor Health and Safety performance.

• Assisting in creation and issuing of tenders under the Forestry England Civil Engineering framework contract.

• Assist with the provision of Engineering design details were necessary.

Person Specification


• The candidate should have proven relevant experience in civil engineering, particularly regarding management of contracts, construction activities and/or project management.

  • HNC Civil Engineering or equivalent to meet the educational base requirement.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.


• Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent.

  • Candidate should have good IT skills and be familiar with MS office packages and the use of Autocad and GIS.
  • Membership of (or working towards) a relevant professional body.
  • An understanding of procurement rules associated with public bodies.
  • Land surveying e.g. setting out.
  • Familiar with NEC contracts.
  • Good knowledge of environmental protection requirements and permitting procedures associated with construction projects in remote environments.
  • Experience in the safe design and delivery of projects, including responsibilities under CDM.
  • Ideally candidates should possess a relevant and up-to-date health and safety qualification such as IOSH, SMSTS, or significant demonstrable experience of health and safety knowledge.
  • Experience in use of GIS Software.


HNC Civil Engineering or equivalent to meet the educational base requirement.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options, including blended working based around the Pickering office as a base.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%.
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service plus 10.5 public, privilege, and additional holidays.
  • 3 volunteering days.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement of up to 750 words. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

The application will require you to complete the following:

1. A CV showing your job history and experience including your key responsibilities for each role.

2. A Personal Statement of Suitability (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you are applying for the role and how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience are suitable for the job, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification and links to the key work areas.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the Personal Statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Candidates will be assessed on Behaviours/Experience at interview.

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed but will be held at the Pickering office face to face.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to Forestry Commission England from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

The duties of this post require the applicant to have a full current driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK. However, the Forestry Commission is willing to consider any proposals put forward by applicants that would allow them to do the job by any other means. 

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Martin O'Vastar
  • Email :
  • Telephone : 07785 724803

Recruitment team :

  • Email :

Further information

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact FCE by email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment.

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