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Placement Nicholsons Forestry







The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is the longest established and largest education charity in the forestry sector. Our mission is to inspire passion and excellence in woodland management. 

Thanks to the support of the ALA Green Charitable Trust, the RFS in partnership with a corporate industry member  (Nicholsons Nurseries) is proud to offer this exciting role. Designed to help facilitate a Higher Education student or recent graduate into meaningful forestry employment, specifically into areas outlined in the “2017 Forestry skills survey” that have a recognised skills and personnel shortage. They will provide the successful applicant an excellent first step to a successful forestry career.

 The RFS is inviting applications for the post of “Assistant Forest Manager”.

This post has been created to aid a Higher Education learner or recent graduate gain experience of the professional workplace. The employee will receive specialist training and CPD opportunities to assist and fast-track the development of the skillsets required to become an assistant forest manager, over the course of a one-year role. The successful applicant will have access to 10 days RFS funded CPD, as well as a small grant fund to help the learner relocate



Job title:


Assistant Forest Manager




Nicholsons Garden Design, Landscaping and Forestry -
 N Aston Rd, Bicester OX25 6HL


Responsible to:

Tim Shardlow - Head of Forestry Operations
Adam Todd – Royal Forestry Society



Main purpose of the job:


  • To assist the existing management team in the implementation for forestry contracts and Estates, within agreed acceptable levels of risk.
  • To assist in new business development.
  • Where appropriate to assist the Establishment/Fencing team in practical operations and in the process broaden your experience and knowledge base.
  • To acquire a broad understanding of the work of the Nicholson’s Forestry Division and the wider commercial area it operates within.


Main responsibilities:


  • To support the Forestry and Arboricultural managers in their day to day roles, to include draft management plan preparation, grant administration, site meetings, harvesting supervision, planting scheme planning and implementation.
  • To comply with all Health & Safety regulations.
  • To gain experience of forestry operations by assisting the in-house forestry and arb teams on site.
  • To use your time efficiently and productively.
  • To ensure that contractors and staff are adequately briefed and instructed when under your direct control.
  • To limit risk exposure to acceptable limits.
  • Where required, and under the supervision and guidance of the forestry management team, to assess, price, plan and execute forestry operations within time and agreed financial targets.
  • To monitor risk, costs and profitability, advising line manager if variance from normal limits is likely to occur.
  • To carry out specific business development for the division where appropriate.
  • Ensure sites are run in a tidy, efficient manner and that the client’s property is treated with respect and that all aspects of work are carried out with sensitivity.
  • Constantly aim to gain new skills.
  • When so directed, to carry out ARC GIS mapping works under the training and guidance of the Mapping Administrator.
  • To undertake training as may be required.
  • Keep a diary of work carried out in order to compile work output notes, to gain maximum benefit and ability to provide future job planning/costing operations if required.
  • Work in a polite and responsible manner at all times.
  • All activities to be carried out with a clear commercial objective.
  • To deal with customers, colleagues and visitors in a helpful and friendly way.
  • General duties to Nicholsons as required by the company.
  • Enjoy your work.



  • You may be required to travel to sites that are often in remote locations and so a full driving license is essential.
  • Occasional lone working may be required, you must be comfortable with this and comply with the employer’s lone working policy.
  • Depending on your location, staying away from home may also be required, this will be down to the employer and yourself to agree.
  • Be a current undergraduate or recent graduate of FdSc or BSc in Forestry or of a related land based subject





Personal attributes:

  • Demonstrate the RFS core values of professionalism, willingness to learn and good manners demonstrated through good behaviour to colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Enjoy the outdoor working lifestyle
  • Responsible and able to keep to time frames.
  • Hard working
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong working relationships both internally with team members and/or management
  • Willingness to learn on the role from senior team members and management


Previous experience:


Candidates may have previously studied towards a recognised level 2 or 3 course in Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management, but they should not have previous permanent employment in the forestry sector.



Terms and conditions

  • This is a 12 month fixed term contract of approx. 40 hours a week. The salary is £17,000 pa paid monthly in arrears by the employer.
  • Leave days and Bank Holidays will be negotiated between employer and employee
  • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer
  • Up to 10 days paid release to attend CPD training agreed with and paid for by the employer and the RFS
  • The position is subject to satisfactory references, evidence of the right to work in the UK, other pre-employment checks as required and a contract of employment.
  • No housing or subsistence allowance is included.
  • There is access to a £300 relocation grant available upon request from RFS.


Application process:

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining


  • Why you are interested in this position
  • How your skills and experience fit the requirements of the role,
  • The names and contact details of two referees by email or post to:


Adam Todd, Future Foresters Project Officer, Royal Forestry Society

The Hay Barns, Home Farm Drive, Upton Estate, Banbury, OX15 6HU



The deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 15 July. Short listed candidates will be invited to interview with a negotiable date.