Information for candidates

Updated 5th December 2018

We want the Forestry Commission to be as representative as it can be of the communities we serve so we encourage applications from all sections of the community.

You will be asked if you require any reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best at interview.  Reasonable adjustments are also put in place for employees with disabilities, where they are required to assist the employee to perform the duties of the job to their best ability.


The Forestry Commission reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on England and GB issues, and Scottish Ministers on Scottish issues. We lead the way in encouraging a strong forestry industry based not just on commercial success, but on a much wider appreciation of the many values that people attach to our forests and woodlands. Broadly, we are concerned with the formation and management of national forests, the encouragement of forestry on private estates, research development, and education. Multi-purpose use is an important aspect of forestry policy. The emphasis has widened from encouraging timber production to the provision of social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as, productive woodlands. Recognised as a Crown Body, our staff are all Civil Servants.

Reward and Benefits

The core package includes

• Choice between a Civil Service pension or stakeholder pension scheme

• 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 days after 5 years service) and 10.5 days public/privilege/additional holidays.
Salary is paid monthly in arrears by credit transfer.

Successful candidates will start at the minimum of the pay band. On the recommendation of the Selection Board, a higher starting salary may be authorised if you have qualifications and/or experience we consider to be of exceptional special value.

Pre-Employment Screening

If you are successful, we will carry out pre-employment screening to ensure that you are qualified for the appointment. This will include verification of identity, a written health assessment and a criminal records check. To enable completion it will be necessary to see original copies of documents such as a birth certificate, passport and education certificates. Upon completion of satisfactory checks, we will then make a formal offer of employment.

Open and Fair Competition

Our recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service recruitment principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles, please contact or  write to:

England HR
Bristol National Office
620 Britol Business Park
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1EJ

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commission.

About us

Further Information

We aim to offer diverse and satisfying career opportunities. Movement between the different divisions of the organisation is encouraged. Commitment is given to ensuring that all staff are trained and developed to meet the needs of their respective roles. HR management procedures, structures and conditions of service are common to the Forestry Commission as a whole.

If you are unsuccessful in an application to the Graduate Programme you might still like to keep an eye on our careers page for current vacancies.

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