Graduate Leadership Programme

Join our Graduate Leadership Programme

Applications for the 2023/24 Graduate Leadership Programme have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Applications for 2024/25 will open in December 2023 or January 2024.


We're looking for people with the potential to become our future leaders and would like to hear from candidates with:

  • a 2:1 degree (or international equivalent) or higher.
  • degrees relating to the environment, sustainability, forestry and land management, or business are preferred.

However, we welcome applications from those with other degree subjects, providing you can demonstrate relevant interest or experience.

Gain wide-ranging experience

This is a permanent appointment starting with a two-year programme that will give you varied, stimulating and challenging work. 

During year one, you could be based in either the South, Central or East England Forest District. Here you will work on a variety of projects across our departments, including recreation, planning, and operational forestry.

During year two, you will be based at either the Bristol National Office or another office location within England.

Both placements will help to broaden and develop your understanding of the business.

Participating in our Graduate Leadership Programme will provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to continue your career in a role that suits your strengths and aspirations.

Additional requirements

You will need a full current driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK. However, we are willing to consider any proposals that would allow you to do the job by other means.

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a Basic Disclosure check in line with the cabinet office Baseline Security Standard.