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Trainee Forester Programme 2021

Four positions available: Kielder, New Forest, Yorkshire and Thetford

Contract type: Permanent

Close date: 11:55pm on Monday 3 May 2020

Job summary

We are offering four new trainee positions as part of the Forester Development Programme to bring in new Foresters to help support the future management of the nation’s forests. The posts will be permanent from the outset; however will involve a two year posting to a Forest District (FD) within England to attain the necessary skills, experience and core competencies required to become a Forester.

At the end of the two years the successful candidates will be able to apply for (or in some cases maybe posted into) permanent Forester positions within England.

Foresters generally head up small teams of staff who are responsible for all the operations and forestry activities for a defined geographical area or “beat”. They generally line manage 3-5 staff including a work supervisor, craftspersons/machine operators and a wildlife ranger.

The Forester’s key responsibility is to lead their team to deliver economic, social and environmental work programmes arising from the Forest District Plans to help deliver the business plan objectives for the wider organisation.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the main forestry operations and the controls needed to protect people and the environment. Experience working in team situations and an ability to effectively manage people and cope with challenging situations to get the best results for all concerned.

Candidate information pack

This is a highlight of the vacancy, for full details of the role and how to apply please see Civil Service Jobs. 

How to apply

You can find all of our current opportunities online at Civil Service Jobs. As a Civil Service department we use Success Profiles to make sure we are getting the right skills for each role. This means that application processes and times to apply can vary. Click on each vacancy to find out more. 

At Forestry England we are passionate about having a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from everyone. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for every role for candidates with a disability who meet the essential requirements. If you need any reasonable adjustments as part of the application or interview process, please let us know when applying.