Information for candidates

Updated 23rd November 2021

Inclusive of diverse teams

We want Forestry England to be as representative as it can be of the communities we serve so we encourage applications from everyone.

All successful candidates at the interview stage and who are offered the role will be asked if they require any reasonable adjustments. This is important to us as we want everyone to be able to shine and perform to the best of their abilities.


Forestry England 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.

Rewards and benefits

Successful recruitment onto the graduate programme means you then have access to the wide range of benefits the Civil Service and Forestry England offers.

The core package includes:

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service) and 10.5 days public/privilege/additional holidays.
  • Flexible working
  • Choice between a Civil Service pension or stakeholder pension scheme

In addition to these, there is the Employee Assistance Programme and even some discounts for certain stores available. More details can be found on the Forestry England benefits page.

One of our Forestry England values is to “look out and look after”. This means we care about our colleagues, volunteers, partners and customers and we take a stand against unsafe behaviour. We also offer our staff a range of wellbeing opportunities from mindfulness to learning lunches and promote volunteering.

Successful candidates will start at the minimum of the pay band and their salary will be paid monthly in arrears by credit transfer. A higher salary could be authorised on the recommendation of the Selection Board 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 Bristol 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.

Find out more about us here.

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 Forestry England as a whole.

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