About the Job

Trainee Forester - Cheshire

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 has secured some practical tickets.
  • isn’t currently employed in Forestry.
  • has faced barriers to education or employment.
  • has a full driving licence.

Main role

The role is a hands-on, practical position involving a wide range of forestry and timber processing duties associated with the day-to-day management of the Grosvenor woodlands.


Grosvenor Timberworks, Hatton Heath, Eaton Estate, Cheshire, CH4 9ET

This is a training post and as part of the training there is also a requirement to spend some time with the Abbeystead (Lancashire) forestry team and the Reay (Sutherland) forestry team.

Main responsibilities

You will be part of a team which delivers the day-to-day management and maintenance of Eaton’s trees, woodland and landscape.

  • Felling and extraction of timber to meet the annual harvesting programme
  • Processing timber for sale
  • Preparing sites for planting, planting, maintenance of young trees
  • Building forest roads and general estate duties
  • Work with the Forestry Foreman to develop team ethic, spirit and to raise standards
  • Undertake project and development work as directed by the Forestry Foreman
  • Maintain equipment and PPE in good, clean, safe and functional order.
  • Undertake machine and equipment inspections. Notify the Forestry Foreman of any maintenance or servicing requirements. Undertake repairs or arrange for them to be undertaken, in a timely and safe manner.
  • Ensure H&S responsibilities are fulfilled:
    • Have responsibility for your personal safety and the safety of others affected by your work and take on a shared responsibility to ensure that health and safety is complied with across all working areas.
    • Help to maintain machinery records.
    • Undertake training when required.
    • Observe and comply with current legislation and Grosvenor policies and guidelines.
    • Look at the risk assessment before starting work and adhere to it.
    • Complete any other duties as required from time to time. This includes helping with landscape work.
  • Work with other departments when required.
  • At all times uphold the good reputation of Grosvenor Estate and promote and preserve good working relationships
  • Comply with company policy and best practise in security, legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Be part of FACT.

Essential Skills

  • Team player, able to work with a team and be an asset to the team.
  • Take responsibility for your actions, remain positive, and be direct and straightforward whilst being respectful and considerate.
  • The ability to listen and take instruction and accept feedback positively and constructively.
  • Good communication with others to ensure issues and problems are dealt with effectively.
  • Able and willing to develop by keeping up to date with specialist knowledge and undertaking continuous development.
  • The ability to identify and focus on the small things that make the difference between good and really good.
  • Broad understanding of rural issues – woodland management, conservation, farming and shooting.


  • 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.