About the job

Assistant Forest Worker - Hampshire / Berkshire

Who can apply?

We’re looking for someone who:

  • is aged 18 – 30
  • has recently completed a level 2 or 3 course in Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management and have secured some practical tickets.
  • isn’t currently employed in Forestry.
  • has faced barriers to education or employment.
  • is eligible to live and work in the UK.
  • has a full driving licence.

Main role

The role is a hands-on, practical position carrying out forestry management on the Englefield Estate as well as for external contracts.

Main responsibilities

  • Tree planting
  • Plantation maintenance including: weeding/ herbicide application / brush cutting
  • Tree felling, in woodland environments, gardens and roadsides
  • Fixing fences/ gates/tree guards
  • Weed control: strimming, brush cutting around parks, walls, trees, yards and other areas
  • Following risk assessments and take a positive approach to the health and safety of yourself and others
  • Tractor driving – with a range of implements including timber trailers, flails, swipes.
  • Operating a tractor mounted timber crane
  • Keeping all equipment, tools and machinery in good repair, order and condition.
  • Work closely with and provide a service to other departments of the Englefield Estate as required.
  • Assist with Englefield Schools’ days and other Estate events.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the Estate at all times and maintaining good relations locally with neighbouring Estates and the local community.
  • Acting as a member of the Estate’s fire and security response team and to take part in other out of hours activities including emergencies as required.
  • Other reasonable duties when needed.

    Desirable Practical Skills

    • Chainsaw certification NPTC Units 201,202,203
    • Strimming and brush cutter training and experience
    • Tractor driving skills
    • Tractor and machinery maintenance
    • Familiarity with and use of a range of tractor equipment
    • First Aid Certificate

    Personal Skills

    • Excellent timekeeping, flexibility and attention to detail
    • Good understanding of woodland and estate management
    • To take pride in your work
    • To have a positive disposition
    • Previous experience of land management with a range of machinery & equipment would be an advantage
    • Pro-active, customer focused approach, you’ll also be flexible to the needs of the wider Estate operation.
    • An interest in wildlife, conservation and heritage matters is essential
    • Enjoy the outdoor working lifestyle
    • Ability to build strong working relationships
    • Willingness to learn on the job


    • A personal training budget to give you the tickets you need for a permanent job
    • Up to 20 paid days to attend training courses or conferences
    • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer
    • Up to £300 towards the cost of relocating.

    Terms and Conditions

    • 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.
    • No housing or subsistence allowance is included.