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Research Worker

Posted: 13 Nov 2019 Closes: 28 Nov 2019
South East £24,152 - £25,503
Flexible defra/20191113172745

Forest Research is Great Britain's principal organisation for Forestry and Tree related Research and is internationally renowned for the provision of evidence and scientific services in support of sustainable forestry. Please explore to find out more information about our organisation.

The role of Research Worker carries out delegated research, survey and forest work programmes as required. This role sits within the Forest Research Technical Services Unit (TSU) which provides a capacity to conduct field work across Great Britain. The TSU establishes, maintains and assesses field experiments and undertakes surveys for the science centres within Forest Research and on behalf of other customers.

The purpose of this job is to carry out the delegated research, survey and forest work programmes for Forest Research (and its customers) to prescribed standards, budget and deadlines. The successful applicant will work as part of a small team of Research Workers based at Alice Holt, carrying out a wide range of environmental, plant health and crop surveys; lay out, maintain and assess field experiments; assist with nursery work and occasional laboratory work; and in cases assisting with managing contractors and auditing their work. They will carry out tasks including pesticide applications and use power tools including chainsaws. The job involves working with a number of partners both internal and external to Forest Research (FR) across a wide geographical area and so will require flexibility in terms of staying away and working day pattern.
Key Work Areas
1. Working with people:
• By regular individual and group contact with colleagues, communicate and encourage ideas for solutions to problems or improved working practices. Assist in identifying and applying new or improved working methods or techniques.
• Listen attentively to others, understand, respect and accept the value of different views, ideas and ways of working.
• Confidently handle challenging conversations or interviews.
• Communicate effectively both verbally and written.
• Promote adherence to relevant policies, procedures, regulations and legislation, including equality and diversity and health and safety.

2. Quality Assurance and Delivering the Work Programme:
• Manage and deliver the delegated work programme to ensure that all work carried out complies with both the Forestry Commission’s Code of Office Procedures and Forest Research’s QA policy and systems.
• Produce accurate and professional work, applying cross checking methods to ensure accuracy.
• Plan and organise work programme as specified by line manager in order to complete tasks to meet deadlines. Make regular progress reports and draw attention to potential difficulties before they occur.
• Understand and apply technology to achieve efficient and effective business and personal results
• Where required work independently with autonomy.

3. Use of resources
• Achieve efficient use of Field-Station resources in all areas of work through planning and efficient management.
• Carry out standard maintenance and report repair needs as required.
• Understand that all actions have a cost and choose the most effective way to do something in a resource efficient way.
• Take opportunities to challenge misuse of resources in order to achieve value for money and sustainable ways of working.


Essential Experience & Technical Skills

Experience of working outdoors in all weather.
Competent IT user with experience of the Microsoft Office suite.
Ability to plan and prioritise work, make decisions and problem solve.
An ability to work flexibly across a wide geographical area, staying away and altering working day pattern where necessary.
Desirable Experience & Technical Skills:
Work experience in forest and woodland management.
Experience of Arc 10 GIS applications.
A formal qualification in forestry or a related subject.
Experience of plant propagation, care and maintenance work within a nursery setting.
Qualified and experienced chainsaw operator with certificate (NPTC 201, 203, 301 & 313 or equivalent).
Qualified and experienced pesticide user with certificate (NPTC PA1 & PA6AW or equivalent).
First aid certificate holder (EFAW+F).
Experience of driving 4WD vehicles.
Qualified (FMOC) tractor driver with experience of flail mowers, trailer towing and front-end loader operations.
Demonstrable experience of lone working.
Demonstrable experience of working within a wider team.


We require the applicant to have a full current driving license that enables them to drive in the UK. We will consider any proposals that would allow applicants to do the job by other means.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Numeracy skills
  • Verbal reasoning



• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• A civil service pension
• 25 days annual leave per year plus 10.5 days public and additional holidays, rising to 30 days annual leave after 5 years service.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

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

Candidates will be required to successfully complete numeracy and verbal reasoning tests prior to completing the on line application form for this post.
Sift will take place 3rd December 2019
Interviews will take place at Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH on 12th December 2019.
If a large volume of applications is received, then we will sift on Experience/Technical Expertise and the Lead Behaviour Managing a Quality Service. However, candidates will be expected to answer questions on all behaviours at the interview stage.

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. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs

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