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Forestry Roots

Kick start your forestry career:

Jobs for recent graduates and college leavers

Thanks to generous support from The ALA Green Charitable Trust we are proud to offer job opportunities for college leavers and recent university graduates through the Forestry Roots programme. You can read more about the programme and successful past candidates at the bottom of the page here

We are also pleased to offer a further graduate post (the Patsy Wood Scholarship) through our partnership with The Future Trees Trust.

You can find descriptions for each of the positions by clicking the job titles below or by using the downloads box at the top right of this page.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on Friday 29 May 2020. You may apply for more than one position.

For more information about any of these positions or for information on the Forestry Roots Project, please contact Adam Pickles, RFS Future Foresters Officer


Positions for recent graduates

Graduate Forester, RFS Forestry Roots Programme

Employer: Norbury Park Estate, Norbury, Stafford ST20 0PP.

Salary: Competitive depending on the candidate.


Assistant Forest Manager

Employer: William Hamer, based near Kintbury, Berkshire.

Salary: Salary: £18,550 - £20,000 pa depending on experience.


Positions for college leavers

Assistant Forester, RFS Forestry Roots Programme

Employer: Burghley Estate, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2LQ.

Salary: £17,000 pa.


Forestry Ranger, RFS Forestry Roots Programme

Employer: Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney, Lincoln, LN6 9JP.

Salary: £18,512 pa.


Assistant Forestry Worker, RFS Forestry Roots Programme

Employer:  Nicholsons Nurseries Ltd, North Aston, Oxfordshire, OX25 6HL.

Salary: £17,000 pa.


Forestry Roots

Forestry Roots is a RFS project made possible by the ALA Green Charitable Trust. The project matches college and university leavers with employers, helping to address acknowledged skills gaps within forestry and increase employment prospects for young people in forestry. In 2018 we appointed our first four Forestry Roots foresters. Watch the video to find out how they are getting on and read blogs from successful applicants Jack Hunt, Katie Stevens and Sam Ozaktanlar here.


Forestry Roots - A message from our funders:

Has anyone not felt the wonder of woodland or forests? Are you committed to a career in this environment? 

ALA Green Charitable Trust is providing financial support to enable a number of students to pursue their career aspirations in this field of study and work placement. 

Our core principle is about inclusion regardless of background, gender, religion, disability or financial circumstance. 

We know that the environment is crucial to our future and and by working with the RFS we are supporting future foresters to achieve their potential through training and guidance.

We are removing barriers to your first steps into a career of great value in the woodland and forestry environment where the opportunities are many and varied. 

So now, it’s over to you!!

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Five young foresters have started their careers this autumn.

The 2019 Foretsry Roots participants are-

Isaac Carr- Assistant Forest Worker, Westacre Estate, Norfolk.

Isaac has a Level 3 Tech Cert in Arboriculture from Myerscough College.

Isaac Carr

Jack Hunt- Assistant Forest Manager with Exmoor National Park Authority.

Jack has both a BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Oxford Brookes University and a Forestry and Arboriculture Level 2 Diploma.


Jack Hunt

 Philippa Pearson- Assistant Forestry Worker, Englesfield Estate, Reading. 

Philippa has a Level 2 Diploma in Practical Environmental Conservation from the National Open College Network (NOCN)


 Philippa Pearson

 Rhys Hancock- Woodland Grounds Assistant, Huntley Estate, Gloucestershire. 

Rhys has a Level 3 in Countryside Management from Coleg Gwent Usk.


 Rhys Hancock

 Sam Cain- Assistant Wood Reeve, Tregothnan Estate, Kent.

Sam has a level 3 Tech Cert in Arboriculture from Myerscough College. 


 Sam Cain


Updates and more information about the 2019/2020 Forestry Roots participants experience will be posted here as well on RFS social media.

2018 Forestry Roots

See an overview of the 2018 Forestry Roots experience:




The 2018 Forestry Roots participants were: 


Post: Woodland Conservation Operative, Heart of England Forestry Post: Estate Under Forester, Babworth Estate  Post: Estate Under Forester - Leconfield Estate Post: Assistant Forest Manager, Nicholsons Garden Design, Landscaping and Forestry 
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Samuel Ozaktanlar

Level 3 Forestry and arboriculture at Hadlow College.

Dominic Young

City & Guilds level 3 Diploma in Arboriculture, Myerscough College.

Willow Arran

BTEC National Diploma Countryside Management, Merrist Wood College.

Katie Stevens 

BSc Forest Management at the National School of Forestry in Cumbria.