About the Job

Broadleaf Wales (www.broadleaf.wales) invites applications from young adults with proven interest in forestry for a 1-year salaried post as Forestry Practitioner. This will involve working alongside the owner-managers of Bron Haul farm as they convert 20 hectares of young plantation to productive and biodiverse continuous cover woodland.

Your Experience

During your year with us you will

  • be helped to make operational decisions balancing the multiple benefits provided by an intimate mix, multi-species woodland being managed under continuous cover forestry.
  • use hand tools and chainsaws to thin and prune 10 and 30 year old woodland.
  • be actively involved in grey squirrel control.
  • be expected to develop an independent interest that will develop skills suitable to your future career path. This self-led project will inform how you spend your training budget.
  • write short blogs for our website.
  • be involved in boundary maintenance, possibly including fencing, gates, hedge laying and planting.
  • use timber from Bron Haul woodland to build a simple timber frame.
  • be guided to work safely as part of a team that shares best practice and near miss incidents.
  • have opportunities to engage with the wider woodland-based community on whatever projects our neighbours undertake during the year.

About you

You will have


  • A proven interest in forestry/sustainable land management
  • Self-motivation and focus in achieving your goals
  • Resilience working on difficult terrain and in poor weather conditions
  • Willingness to work both alone and as part of a team


  • A Level 2 certificate in a land management related subject
  • An accredited chainsaw certificate covering maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees
  • Competency identifying native broadleaf species and common woodland flora

We are near-fluent Welsh learners and can offer the placement working through the medium of  Welsh.

We strongly encourage applications from young women.

For more information or to discuss how this placement might work for you, please contact ruth.pybus@broadleaf.wales m:07786 759950 but, please look at our website first! http://www.broadleaf.wales

Terms & Conditions

  • Holidays: 20 days per annum + bank holidays.
  • Term: 1 year fixed term contract with a one month probationary period.
  • Up to 20 days paid release to attend fully funded CPD training.
  • The position is subject to satisfactory references, evidence of the right to work and live in the UK, other pre-employment checks as required and a contract of employment.
  • There is access to a £300 relocation grant available upon request from RFS.

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