3 May 2017

Fixed Term H&M Machine Operator

Forestry Commission – Posted by AdminAberfoyle, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description

H&M Machine Operator

About the job

Job description

Background Information on Unit

Cowal & Trossachs Forest District is headed by Gordon Donaldson as Forest District Manager and Nick Wilby as Area Operations Manager. The total harvesting programme is approx. 250,000m3 of timber of which 60,000m3 is carried out direct production and 190,000m3 standing sales.

Purpose of the Job

The post forms part of the harvesting team which harvests approx. 30,000m3 of timber per year. The team is made up of three personnel and shifts are an integral part of this post and it is expected that you will work 37 hours over a 7 day rostered basis.

You will be expected to work closely with the harvesting team to plan the site, meet District targets for outputs and specifications and ensure all health and safety issues are addressed.

Key Work Areas

The successful candidate will work as part of a team contributing to the delivery of the direct production programme. The programme is delivered by harvester and forwarder machinery;

All Forest Operations will follow Health and Safety Standards;

All Forest Operations will follow Environmental Standards;

Use of Site Risk assessments and site Plans are essential;

The successful applicant will receive training and consolidation where required.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise


Previous experience of forest or land management based operations involving heavy plant machinery.


The successful applicant should hold both FMOCS certificates for harvester and forwarder. Consideration will be given to applicants who only hold one of the above certificates or has potential to be trained for either certificate.

NPTC Forest Machine Operators Certificate 14.5, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2

Core Competencies

Collaborating and Partnering:

Actively encourage team working, changing ways of working to facilitate collaboration for the benefit of the teams work;

Listen attentively to others and check your understanding by asking questions.

Delivering at Pace:

Take ownership of problems in your area of responsibility;

Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks;

Delivering Value for Money:

Understand that all actions have a cost and choose the most effective way to do something in a resource efficient way;

Ensure that recognised control procedures and practices are maintained.


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 other means.


We’ll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Delivering at pace
  • Delivering value for money

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Selection process details

A skills test may be required as part of the interview.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

John Lister

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift Date: 18 May 2017
Interview Date: 25 May 2017
Location: Aberfoyle

Further information

Applications will be received up until 11.59pm on the closing date.

Appointments to the Forestry Commission are made at the entry level of the salary quoted above except in exceptional circumstances where a candidates’ experience and skills may justify a higher starting salary.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Basic Disclosure check in line with HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard.

Details of the UK school leaving age rules are located at https://www.gov.uk/know-when-you-can-leave-school. All candidates will be subject to UK school leaving age legislation.

In the 2011 Autumn Statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the public sector pay awards will average at one percent. This policy continues to apply in the Forestry Commission for the 2017/18 financial year.

You are required to work 37 hours per week excluding lunch breaks. The duties of the post require a flexible 7 day working week.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment for 1 year with the possibility of extension or permanency but no guarantee.

This post is being advertised on a fixed term basis because Forest Enterprise Scotland is currently reviewing delivery structures to ensure that we are fit for the future. This post is being filled through fair and open competition and so the successful candidate may be offered this post on a permanent basis once the future structure of FES is known.

Important: Data Protection Act (1998). The information you have supplied in your application will comprise personal data (as such term is defined by the Data Protection Act 1998) (the DPA), some of which may be classified as sensitive-personal data (as such term is defined by the DPA). The Department will be the data controller (as such term is defined by the DPA) in respect of the personal data. The Department will process your personal data fairly and lawfully in accordance with the principles of the DPA for the purposes of recruitment. The Department will share your personal data, including any sensitive personal data, with Civil Service Resourcing who provide and maintain the CS Jobs e-Recruitment portal and are our data processor for these purposes.

If you are offered a job, certain elements of data will be shared with the appropriate authorities to process checks including the National Collection of Criminal Records or with HM Revenue & Customs. These authorities will protect the information which you provide, process it fairly and lawfully in accordance with the principles of the DPA and will ensure that it is not passed to anyone who is not authorised to see it.

By agreeing that your application is subject to the above statements, you are explicitly consenting for the personal data you provide to be processed in the manner described. If you have any concerns about any of the questions or what we will do with the information you provide, please see our Data Protection Statement, or e-mail us for further information.

If you are an external candidate, and you believe that the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles have been breached, you may submit a complaint to the Head of HR, clearly explaining the way in which you believe the Recruitment Principles have been breached. The Head of HR will assess compliance with the Recruitment Principles but will not review the decision(s) of the selection board.

If you are not satisfied with the response from the Head of HR, you may submit an appeal to the Civil Service Commission, as set out in the complaint outcome letter from the Head of HR.

If you have any queries regarding our application process please contact HRScotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Closing date – 17th May 2017
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Job Categories: Full Time and Other. Job Types: Fixed Term and Full-Time. Job Tags: Civil Service Jobs, diversity, equality, fixed term, Forestry Commission, full time, H&M Machine Operator, inclusion, and Scotland. Salary: 20,000 - 40,000.

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