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Assistant Estate Forester


Job details


Brockhampton, Hereford


Commensurate with experience

Hours of work

37 hours per week



Closing date

July 25, 2024

Description of Role

An exciting opportunity to join our growing forestry department and contribute to the wider Clay Estates team. Located in South Herefordshire within The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Clay Estates is made up of Perrystone and Brockhampton Estates and extends to 4000 acres, including 850 acres of mixed species woodland.

Reporting to the Forestry Manager, the Assistant Forester will be responsible for practical tree and
woodland management tasks. We strive to grow quality timber by growing a diverse range of tree species that will also support wildlife, contribute to character of the landscape, and enhance our Natural Capital. Trees and woodlands are integral to the wider Estate and the forestry team play an important role in supporting the shoot, farm, and garden departments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Forestry work including tree planting, and plantation maintenance.
  • Delivery of small-scale harvesting programme with use of chainsaw and occasional use of tractor
    mounted winch and forwarding trailer.
  • Control of squirrel population.
  • Processing of sweet chestnut timber to produce post and rail fencing.
  • Maintenance of equipment, machinery, and PPE.
  • Work in a safe manner, conforming to Estate health and safety policy.

Essential Skills

  • Problem solving skills and ability to work on own initiative.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for woodland management and silviculture.
  • Positive team member, with the self-motivation required for occasional lone working.
  • Physically fit, ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • Chainsaw experience and qualifications (CS3O & CS31 minimum)
  • Pesticide application (PA1 & PA6 minimum).
  • Full UK driving licence.

To apply please send your covering letter and CV to Forestry Manger (Lucas Ashworth) or by post to The Middle Granary, Brockhampton, Hereford HR1 4SE