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