Agroforestry Adviser

Forestry Commission

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 24th October 2021


Reference number



£42,462 - £46,029


Senior Executive Officer
Pay Band 3

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 years, with possibility for extension or permanency but no guarantee

Business area

FC - Forest Services

Type of role


Working pattern


Number of posts



National. The post holder can work from any Forest Services Office including, but not limited to, Bristol, York, London, and Penrith. The post holder will be expected to travel within the UK to fulfil the job role with some overnight stays.

About the job


The Forestry Commission are the government’s forestry experts and we work to protect, improve and expand England’s woods and forests. This is done by providing policy advice to government and leading delivery through regulation, incentives and protecting tree health. Developing the FC’s agroforestry policy is a key priority as we look to influence land management and usage across England. Through agroforestry, we will be able deliver on the Government’s tree planting ambitions, the 25 Year Environment Plan, Net Zero and the England Tree Action Plan.

The Agroforestry Adviser role, as part of the Forestry Commission’s Policy and Advice Team, will be responsible for developing FC’s input to agroforestry policy. They will also play a key role in determining appropriate delivery mechanisms and ensuring that future agri-environment scheme design maximises positive environmental outcomes. This will involve working closely with Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Rural Payments Agency (RPA), Natural England, Environment Agency and Historic England.

Job description

As the Forestry Commission’s Agroforestry Adviser you will proactively lead and provide national expertise on agroforestry, including silvopastural and silvoarable systems. You will work closely with the wider Policy and Advice Team, as well as external stakeholders and wider DEFRA group, to procure and interpret evidence to provide expert advice across the Forestry Commission on agroforestry policy development and implementation, regulation, and environmental benefits.

Key work Areas
• Secure and, as appropriate, procure the evidence of landowner aspirations and economic/natural capital benefits that accrue from agroforestry systems.
• Provide robust, timely, evidence-based advice to support the Forestry Commission’s Future Farming Engagement Team and Area Teams in developing and delivering agroforestry policy to ensure positive environmental outcomes.
• Work closely with DEFRA Forestry Policy and DEFRA Future Farming Teams to embed agroforestry within future agri-environment scheme design.
• Represent the Forestry Commission on agroforestry specialist groups.
• Provide training to staff across the Forestry Commission to build delivery capacity for agroforestry within future agri-environment schemes, including developing internal networks to exchange information and ideas.
• Provide support and advice to other Forestry Commission specialist advisers on agroforestry and its potential interaction or overlap with their policy areas.
• Prepare reports, including evidence reviews and policy position statements.
• Liaise with key external stakeholders, including researchers, learned societies, NGOs and other statutory agencies to develop and share evidence and guidance on agroforestry.
• Contribute to commissions from across the Forestry Commission, ensuring that agroforestry is fully considered, and evidence is quality assured.


Person Specification

• Knowledge of and experience in agroforestry, from either a research or implementation perspective.

• BSc degree or significant relevant experience working in forestry, agriculture or land management
• Knowledge of and experience in literature searches, writing evidence reviews, and interpreting and summarising scientific literature and technical reports.
• Experience of managing or advising on the management of woodlands
• Experience of developing or managing incentives schemes to deliver results


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


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, Strengths and Experience.
Sift dates to be confirmed, whilst interviews are expected to commence from 8th November. This date is subject to change.

Application Process

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

You will also be asked to provide 250-word statements relating to two of the Behaviours being assessed.

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

Candidates will be assessed at interview on Behaviours and Strengths. Further details including the interview format will be provided.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to Forestry 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Melanie Edgar
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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: 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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