Civil Engineering Works Supervisor

Forestry England
Thames Chase sub office (RM14 3NS) Bedgebury sub-office (TN17 2SL) or Wendover sub-office (HP22 5NF)
£26534 + Civil Service pension + other benefits
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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This post is an exciting opportunity to join the Forestry England Civil Engineering team as a Works Supervisor. You will play a key role in supporting the Civil Engineer in the delivery of Civil Engineering projects across East England Forest District, primarily focusing on the Southeast, London, and the Chilterns area. You will be working as part of a small district team, planning and monitoring contractor delivered civil engineering projects including the construction, inspection and maintenance of civil engineering and recreation assets such as forest roads, recreational trails, play features, car parks and bridges.

East England Forest District employs over 150 staff and manage 35,000 ha of the nation’s forests in the East and South of England. The district’s woodlands are varied and range from the conifer plantations of Thetford Forest to the Ancient woodlands of the Southeast and the community woodlands of Thames Chase on the outskirts of London. The woodlands are important for timber production and conservation, with a large proportion of the landholding designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and offer opportunities for a wide range of recreation from the informal use of open access woodland to the adventurous play and trails at three Forest Centres at Bedgebury, Wendover and High Lodge.

Forestry England is a progressive and inclusive organisation, where benefits include a generous holiday entitlement, substantial training, development, and volunteering opportunities, as well as flexible working arrangements and membership of an excellent civil service pension scheme. Our staff work in and among some of the most diverse and spectacular natural environments in England.

We are Forestry England

Person specification


Purpose of role: To assist the district’s Civil Engineer in the planning and supervision of Civil Engineering asset construction, inspection, and maintenance to meet business plan targets.

  1. Works Planning and Delivery. Support the Civil Engineer in the planning and delivery of a program of Civil Engineering works across the district, liaising with functional leads, project owners and the Planning team. Complete internal consultations, produce contract maps, identify CDM roles, agree scope / specifications.
  2. Pre-commencement meetings. Support the Civil Engineer in undertaking pre-commencement meetings (PCM) with contract holders following internal PCM procedures.
  3. Contract Monitoring. Undertake supervisory checks to ensure compliance with the contract, specification and health and safety standards.
  4. Asset Inspection. Under the direction of the Civil Engineer, and subject to an appropriate level of training and experience, undertake inspections of assets to assess and report on condition. Keep asset records up to date.
  5. Health and Safety. Promote a safe working environment by: role modelling high standards of health and safety; through regular monitoring and recording of contractor H&S performance; and the prompt reporting and investigation of accidents and near misses ensuring that lessons learned are shared and implemented.
  6. Environmental Management. Ensure that any environmental interest (ecology / historic environment) is carefully considered in the planning and delivery of civil engineering projects, ensuring appropriate controls measures are identified and implemented through consultation with environmental advisors.


For further information and details of how to apply for the post, please go to the Civil Service Jobs website.


We are England’s largest land manager and custodian of the nation’s public forests. We have around 1,000 committed staff and volunteers looking after more land and more trees than any other organisation. We work in partnership with others across government and the charitable and private sectors.

The nation’s forests are a great source of natural wealth and help shape the look and feel of the ‘natural’ countryside. They influence how the countryside works, for timber as well as people and wildlife.

Forests flourish with management and planning. In that sense we are landscapers on a vast, nationwide scale for this generation and beyond. Our work today influences what the nation’s forests look like for generations to come.

We are looking a hundred years or more ahead to imagine how England’s countryside needs to adapt to a changing climate and cultural changes.

It is a job that never stops growing.

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