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Trainee Establishment Site Supervisor







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 Trust, the RFS alongside corporate industry partners is proud to offer this exciting role. Designed to help facilitate college leavers into meaningful forestry employment, specifically into areas outlined in the “2017 Forestry skills survey” that have a recognized 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 “Trainee Establishment Site Supervisor”.
This post has been created to aid the FE leaver in the transition from FE education into the professional workplace.
You must be leaving FE education this year or last year and have completed a level 2 or 3 in Forestry, Arboriculture, or Countryside Management.
The employee will receive specialist training and CPD opportunities to assist and fast-track the development of the skillsets required to become an establishment site supervisor over the course of a one-year role. The successful applicant will have access to 20 days a year paid for CPD during which time they will be expected to reach the required level for their RFS Certification in Forestry.

Job title:


Trainee Site Supervisor - Establishment




Trainee Site Supervisor – Cumbria, England


Responsible to:

Jonathon Hastie – JAH Forestry
Adam Todd - Royal Forestry Society



Main purpose of the job:


You will be taught how to conduct establishment and maintenance works in a safe, professional and proficient manner with quality results, following industry best practices and customer satisfaction. In this junior management role, you will be involved in taking part of the forestry work and assisting the site supervisor with the daily operational activities of managing a group of forestry workers on an active site.

Main responsibilities:


This role will primarily involve training the fundamentals of tree planting, forest sapling maintenance activities and site supervision of forestry workers in the Establishment and Maintenance Contracting sector of the Forestry Industry.

Forestry work is physically demanding and is done outdoors in all weather conditions. You will use a variety of hand and mechanical tools when conducting forest establishment and maintenance work. It is essential to be organised and prepared for doing the work and having everything you need with you regarding food, drink and clothing. The length of the working day is variable depending on factors such as weather, daylight and work to be completed and therefore some days will require longer working hours. The work is done with a group of other forestry workers.




  • 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.
  • You must hold a level 2 or level 3 qualification in either Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management and be either finishing the course this year, or last year.



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 must have recently completed a recognised level 2 or 3 course in Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management. They should not have previous permanent employment in the forestry sector.



Terms and conditions

  • This is a 12 month fixed term contract, precise weekly hours will be negotiated between JAH Forestry Ltd & the employee (est. 38 hours a week), occasional extra hours and weekend work might be required. The salary is £15,500 pa paid monthly in arrears by the employer.
  • Leave will be negotiated between JAH Forestry Ltd. and the employee.
  • Eligibility is limited to those persons leaving (2018) or recently left (2017) full time college (FE) education, studying towards a level 2 or 3 Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management qualification
  • Enrolment in a work-place pension scheme
  • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer
  • Up to 20 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.


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 on Friday 1st June. Short listed candidates will be invited to interview on Wednesday 13th June.