Sherwood Pines Centre Manager

Forestry Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 19th February 2023



Reference number



£27,779 - £30,168
7 day rostered working.

Job grade

Executive Officer
Pay Band 5

Contract type


Business area

FC - Forestry England - Central England Forest District

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Environment and Sustainability
Health and Safety
Operational Delivery

Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands

Job summary

We have an exciting and rewarding opportunity in the Forestry England team, working at Sherwood Pines within our Central England Forest District.

Forestry England look after more land and more trees than any other organisation in the country, shaping landscapes for people, wildlife and timber. It's a job that never stops growing.

Central England Forest District manages around 30,000ha of the nations forests within a triangle formed by Liverpool, Hull and Milton Keynes. This gives rise to a large diversity of users, customers, neighbours and pressures, all of which are interacting on a diverse backdrop of well managed forests and a variety of land uses.

As part of the recreation team you would be helping to deliver significant benefits for people as well as for wildlife and the economy. You would be overseeing the day to day running, and medium term development, of one of our highly successful visitor attractions at Sherwood Pines. It is a very rewarding role and no two days will be the same.

Sherwood Pines is one of the best loved forests in the Midlands. The Sherwood Pines Centre Manager is an important post and the successful candidate will lead on a range of interesting work areas including:

  • Taking the lead on ensuring a safe and fantastic visitor experience for up to 500,000 visits each year and being responsible for all parts of the visitor journey.
  • Working closely with our business partners in the delivery of high quality activities and services including Go Ape tree top adventures, cycle centre, cafe and overnight accommodations. Ensuring a seamless visitor experience across all elements of the site.
  • Overseeing the safe delivery of a number of directly managed activities, services and infrastructure including car parking, cycle trails, play areas, walking and running trails, Active Forest programme, visitor welcome, learning and much more.
  • Ensuring the effective delivery of large scale events. 
  • Ensuring the economic sustainability of the site through effective financial management, good use of business skills and commercial understanding.
  • Working towards minimising the environmental impact of the site operation through having a working knowledge of the issues and opportunities.

Job description

To lead and manage all elements of the daily operation, and medium term development, of Sherwood Pines Forest Centre.

Lead and manage the Sherwood Pines team. Nurture and maintain a committed, motivated, flexible, professional and diverse workforce that responds positively to challenges and opportunities. Build the capacity and capability of the team and support them in delivering their strategic objectives.

Set team and individual priorities and work plans to ensure the effective delivery of the core site operating programmes including, Visitor Services, Asset Management, Active Forest, Learning and Event Delivery in line with district and National objectives and priorities.

Set business direction and ensure continued progress towards achieving strategic business objectives and delivering agreed business developments.

Manage relationships with key business partners and stakeholders promoting a culture of good communications, collaborative working and a seamless high quality visitor experience. Monitor performance and expectations of tenants and undertake KPI monitoring in line with requirements.

Oversee all aspects of Health, Safety and Wellbeing on site ensuring activities and facilities are safe and well managed. Ensure all accidents are properly investigated and action taken to prevent re-occurrence.

Lead on financial management and performance against agreed plans, ensuring a consistently well managed financial performance and actively taking opportunities to improve the net position.

Plan, procure and manage contracts and direct staff work programs for all recreational focused work on site.

Manage the whole visitor journey seeking constructive feedback, collecting and evaluating meaningful data and insight to help maintain and improve the visitor experience.

Work with the District marketing and communications team and take the lead on site marketing and PR opportunities. Deliver the site marketing plan, capitalising on opportunities to attract new visitors, increase dwell time and to promote Sherwood Pines and Forestry England.

Work collaboratively with other Forestry England teams and functions on work areas such as business sustainability, estates, events and sustainable land management.

Person specification


  • Experience of managing or supervising a busy/large public facing venture or project
  • Experience in the management of Staff, contracts, and contractors
  • Experience of managing Health, Safety and wellbeing including accident investigating and reporting
  • Experience in managing business finances and budgets
  • Competent user of PC and Microsoft desktop software including Word, Excel and Outlook


  • Experience of managing a large visitor attraction and outdoor events in the leisure and/or environment sector
  • Experience of managing tenants and / or partnership businesses
  • Experience of managing volunteers


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

  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Selection process details

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and 1000 word personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Prior to the completion of your full application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical Test. Please complete the online test as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 19th February 2023 at 23:55. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Sifts will take place the week beginning the 20th February 2023.

Interviews are scheduled for either the 2nd or 3rd March 2023.  At interview you will be assessed against the Experience, the listed Behaviours and Strength based questions.

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 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

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 an enhanced 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 the post require a flexible working week to allow for rostering on weekends, public and privilege holidays and evenings (with the exception of Christmas Day).

Where a role has been identified as one which falls under the scope of the Public Sector English Language Requirements, within Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, it is essential that applicants should have the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English. Applicants will be assessed in the selection process in accordance with the requirements.

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.


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

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 : Andy Harvey Coggins
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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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: 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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