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Job role: Designer

A designer at Forestry England supports all the departments across the organisation. They design new materials such as leaflets, signs and interpretation boards with the aim to inform and engage with our visitors.

The work is varied and requires careful research to ensure the end products are appealing to the identified audience.

What it takes

A designer will have a creative flair and be able to enhance a visitor's forest experience through the products they create. The role includes: 

  • creating and designing a wide range of media including interpretation materials, print, digital, wayfinding, large format, event and marketing materials.  

  • providing a comprehensive design service for Forestry England, supporting internal and external activities across the organisation. 

  • delivering high quality creative solutions from concept through to delivery.  

  • offering advice and support to ensure all design work is to a high standard and follows our brand guidance. 

  • working within agreed timescales and budgets.

Skills and qualifications 

You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a design related subject like: 

  • graphic design. 

  • art and design. 

  • communication design. 

  • illustration. 

Getting work experience during your course will give you an advantage. Talk to your university careers service about work experience, internship and placement year opportunities as well as any support offered to help you build a portfolio. 

You’ll usually need: 

  • a foundation diploma in art and design. 

  • one or two A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. 

  • two or three A levels, or equivalent, for a degree. 

There's a lot of competition for graphic design work. We recommend composing a portfolio that shows your creative ideas, skills and work experience to help you get started. 

Having working knowledge of Macs and Adobe Creative Suite will give you an advantage. 


Starting from £25,000.

Typical hours 

On average up to 37 hours per week.

Forestry England offers flexible working patterns where appropriate and lots of other great benefits to support a healthy work/life balance.

How you can grow with us  

Your career could progress into:

  • senior designers that oversee a team.
  • managerial roles. 
  • specialise into areas such as signage, graphics, web.

Applying to work at Forestry England

Can you see yourself in this exciting role? Check out Civil Service jobs for all our current vacancies.

Our frequently asked questions will help in your application.

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