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Learning and Outreach Support Officer


This new part-time Support Officer post has been created to provide administrative support for our RFS Learning and Outreach Programme.

Trees and woodlands provide us with so many benefits for the economy, for our health and wellbeing and for our environment and they have never had a more important role to play to mitigate the negative impacts of our rapidly changing climate. But our trees and woodlands are facing multiple, serious threats including a lack of people with the skills and knowledge needed to properly care for trees. Our Learning and Outreach Programme aims to:

  • Attract a diverse pool of talent into forestry courses and careers.
  • Develop and implement a learning pathway from primary to GCSE to further education and into forestry employment.

We are looking for someone with an eye for detail, who has practical experience with outdoor learning, education and student engagement. We need someone who can confidently communicate our RFS education outreach offer to our target audiences (including schools, colleges and universities) and provide administrative support to the Learning and Outreach Manager and her team of Teaching Trees Education Officers. If this sounds like you, come and join our friendly and dedicated team at the RFS and play your part to help protect trees and woodlands in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Download the full job description now.


The Royal Forestry Society HQ, The Hay Barns, Home Farm Drive, Upton Estate, Banbury, OX15 6HU or home based (but with regular meetings at the RFS HQ).


Part-time, 21 hours a week; £13,200 (equivalent to £22,000 FTE)

Reporting to

Learning and Outreach Manager, Becky Wilkinson

About us

For more than 135 years, the RFS has dedicated itself to sharing knowledge on the art and science of woodland management so that the accumulated wisdom and experience of landowners, foresters, arborists and others is transferred from one generation to another. You can find out more about the RFS and our Learning and Outreach offer on our website at

Transparency, honesty and equity are really important for our small team. Everyone is supported and valued for the important role they play in our charity. We are flexible and accommodating in the way that we work together and home working and flexible hours could be accommodated in this new post, if required. The successful candidate will receive a tailored training package and will be supported in their progress and development by their line manager.

How to apply

If you would like to know more about this exciting new opportunity, please contact Becky Wilkinson ( to arrange an informal chat.

To apply for this role please submit your CV and a covering letter, no later than 12 Midday on Friday 30 April 2021, by email to Your CV and cover letter should detail your reasons for applying and your skills, attributes, abilities and experience that are relevant to the role (as outlined in the full job description).

Interviews will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.