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RFS Future Foresters Studentships 2017 (2 Posts)

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Closing Date for Applications: 15 May 2017


 

Introduction

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the RFS is able to offer TWO RFS Future Foresters Studentships in summer 2017 for undergraduate students or very recent graduates in forestry, arboriculture or a closely related discipline. This is part of the RFS commitment to encourage careers and skills development in forestry and woodland management under our Future Foresters programme.  

The RFS Future Foresters Studentships 2017 are eight-week paid work placements supervised by the RFS. They are designed to provide students/very recent graduates with the opportunity to work in one of the most influential forestry organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  They represent an ideal way to gain invaluable practical and professional experience and enhance employability.

 

The Role

Two specific projects have been identified for summer 2017 that will provide suitable work experience for the successful candidate and contribute to the wider educational work of the RFS. The RFS seeks to match the skills and interests of the successful candidates with the available projects as best possible.

Both projects include a range of requirements, which will be of direct benefit to the student, and contribute to their learning and professional development. Training and guidance will be provided where necessary. In addition, we have identified achievable outputs from each project. These will include co-authorship of a web-based resource, development of a database, or similar. The planned output will be discussed with each student at the start of the project, and will be designed to be achievable within the timeframe of the studentship. This will deliver real-world experience that can be clearly identified on a CV and discussed with future employers.

Project 1 - Studentship in Woodland Establishment

  • This studentship will focus on the development and application of the latest Forestry Commission Ecological Site Classification (ESC) decision support tool (ESC4) for the selection of suitable species for new woodland creation. The key task is to create a photo-guide of indicator plants and soil types that will assist users of the Forestry Commission ESC4 software. Approximately 60 species of plants and 10 soil types will be included in the project. The information will be produced in two forms: as webpages on the RFS website (part of the RFS Forestry Knowledge Hub); and, as PDF documents that can be downloaded. In addition, the studentship will involve completion of up to three case studies using the ESC4 software and photo-guide.

Project 2 - Studentship in Forest Harvesting

  • This studentship will focus on forest harvesting operations, taking into account woodlands of varying sizes and conditions. The key task will be to help develop an online guide to the harvesting techniques, machinery and equipment commonly used in British forestry. The project will contribute to the RFS Forestry Knowledge Hub and will include photos, video footage and descriptions of harvesting machinery. It will be a unique online resource for woodland owners and forestry students to access and use. In addition, the studentship will include the completion of up to three case studies of active thinning or harvesting operations that support best practice guidance for new woodland owners. The studentship will take into account the sustainable forestry requirements stated in the UK Forestry Standard and UKWAS. 

 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be either:

  •  A Full-Time student studying for an undergraduate degree (Foundation Degree or BSc (Honours) in forestry, arboriculture, natural resource management, environmental science or a related subject at a UK higher education institution. Full-time student applicants must have completed successfully at least one year of their studies and be in the second, third or fourth year of undergraduate degree or have graduated within the previous 8 months.

Or

  • A Part-Time student studying for an undergraduate (Foundation Degree or BSc (Honours) in forestry, arboriculture, natural resource management, environmental science or a related subject at a UK higher education institution.  Part-time student applicants are only eligible if they are not currently employed in the forestry or related professions; these RFS Future Foresters Studentships are designed to provide opportunities for those who lack essential work-based experience and have an ambition to secure full-time employment in the UK trees and woodlands sectors. 

Or

  • A Part- or Full-Time student studying for a taught Masters degree in forestry, arboriculture, or a closely related subject at a UK higher education institution. Candidates are only eligible if they are not currently employed in the forestry or related professions; these RFS Future Foresters Studentships are designed to provide opportunities for those who lack essential work-based experience and have an ambition to secure full-time employment in the UK trees and woodlands sectors. 

 

Skills and Capability Requirements 

We expect candidates to evidence the following capabilities:

  • A passion for forestry and woodland management.
  • A commitment to forestry and developing a career in the forestry sector.
  • Knowledge of basic aspects of forestry theory and practice including tree identification, mensuration and basic inventory techniques. Senior undergraduates should have some knowledge of management planning principles.
  • An interest in professional and skills development, and the wider educational work of the RFS.
  • Organisation and project management skills (or potential to develop them); ability to plan and deliver a project within a set timescale, and capacity to work to deadlines.
  • Good written and oral communications, including IT skills, and ability to engage people at all levels in your project.
  • Ability to work independently but seek support where and when needed.
  • Access to a car, a UK driving licence and willingness to travel will be essential.

 

Remuneration and Terms

The RFS is offering a bursary of £2,100 for an eight week placement or pro-rata for a shorter period. This is based on a 35 hour working week. Salary will be paid monthly in arrears. Agreed travel expenses will be paid in addition on production of receipts, and subject to the agreed rates for RFS employees. Each studentship will have a holiday allowance included as part of their terms of employment. Any offer of a Studentship is subject to a contract of employment with the RFS.

The post will be based at the RFS Head Office, near Banbury, Oxon.

The start date for each studentship is negotiable and subject to confirmation on appointment. Ideally, the start date will be after mid-June and not later than mid-July. 

Applicants should be student or individual members of the RFS. Membership information and details of the RFS student offer can be found: http://www.rfs.org.uk/join-us/join-us/ 

 

Application Process

Full details of the role are available on the download herePlease review the details of this document before applying. Information about the 2016 Studentship programme is here

To apply, send us your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages). In your covering letter please state which project you are most interested in and explain your suitability for the role, your area(s) of interest and what you expect to achieve. Please apply by email and attach your CV and covering letter in PDF format, along with the name and contact details for two referees. The email for applications is education@rfs.org.uk.

Informal enquiries about the roles may be directed to Ted Wilson, RFS Education Manager, at education@rfs.org.uk. Please indicate in the subject line that you are writing about the “Future Foresters Studentships 2017”. 


 Closing date for applications is 23.59, Monday 15 May 2017.  

Interviews will take place in Birmingham on Friday 26 May 2017. 


 The Royal Forestry Society is an equal opportunities employer. 

The RFS Future Foresters Studentships are supported by
The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

 

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