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Head of Forestry & Reserves

East Devon

Job details


East Devon


£50,000 - £60,000



Closing date

March 18, 2024

Head of Forestry & Reserves

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Forest Manager to
join the team at Clinton Devon Estates. The successful candidate will lead the teams
that manage the Estates’ 1,800 hectares of commercial woodland, in East and North
Devon and the 1,000 hectare East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, and also the 80 hectare
Otter Estuary, National Nature Reserves. As a member of the Senior Management
Team, tasked with delivering the 2030 Strategy, the Head of Forestry and Reserves will
contribute directly to the Land Use and Investment strategy themes.
Clinton Devon Estates is a family business with an association to Devon stretching back
many hundreds of years. Sustainable management continues to be the foundation of
the Estate’s success, in securing the long-term prosperity of the Estate and for the
people who live and work on it, in ways that care for the countryside and engage with
the wider community.

The Role

Based in the Rolle Estate Office in East Devon, the Head of Forestry and Reserves will
have direct management control of Estate woodlands as well as non-woodland trees,
providing strategic direction and line management support to the East Devon Pebblebed
Heaths National Nature Reserves management team.
The successful candidate will be required to lead and manage all aspects of the forestry
operation, including planning, marketing timber, preparing and managing budgets,
maximising grant schemes that align with management objectives and identifying
woodland creation opportunities.
The Head of Forestry and Reserves is required to maintain the Estate’s external
recognition of sustainable woodland management, through continued membership of
the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme and quality assurance of the Estate’s biomass
production, through continued membership of the Woodsure scheme. Proactive
management of safe systems of work is a prerequisite as is the management of the tree
risk management programme.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will be expected to have:
• Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
• A minimum of 10 years management experience in productive forestry; knowledge
of Single Tree Selection would be a distinct advantage.
• Experience of working with contractors and line managing teams.
• Experience in dealing with statutory bodies and stakeholders.
• A proven ability to prioritise work, plan operational programmes and control
• Proficient IT skills, including GIS mapping.
• Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.

The Package

• Salary offered commensurate with candidate’s experience; salary range £50,000 –
£60,000 (there may be more for an exceptional candidate).
• An Estate vehicle for business and private use.
• The opportunity to rent Estate accommodation.
• Pension and life insurance.
• Cycle to work scheme.
• Weekly wellness hour with personal trainer.
• Transitional support from retiring manager

For further information please contact John Wilding.

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