About the Job

Forestry Practitioner - North Wales

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 some practical tickets.
  • isn’t currently employed in Forestry.
  • has faced barriers to education or employment.

Main role

Working alongside the owner/managers of Broadleaf.Wales at Bron Haul farm as they convert 20 hectares of young plantation to productive and biodiverse continuous cover woodland. You will also be involved in their early steps developing a market for timber products.

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.
  • be actively involved in grey squirrel control.
  • be involved in boundary maintenance, including fencing, gates, hedge laying and planting.
  • use timber from Bron Haul woodland to build simple accommodation.
  • be supported to produce a woodland management plan for a neighbouring woodland.
  • be guided to work safely as part of a team that shares best practice and near miss incidents.
  • be encouraged to develop an independent interest that will contribute to the management of Bron Haul woodland or help us develop our Broadleaf.Wales business. For example, you may wish to increase your expertise in continuous cover forestry, timber products marketing, improving opportunities for biodiversity or timber processing and making.
  • have opportunities to engage with the wider woodland-based community on whatever projects our neighbours undertake during the year.

Essential Skills

  • A Level 2 certificate in a land management related subject
  • Resilience working on difficult terrain and in poor weather conditions
  • The ability to work as a team, but also the self-motivation to progress suitable tasks without direct supervision

Desirable Skills

  • An accredited chainsaw certificate covering maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees
  • Chainsaw assisted felling certificate
  • Competency identifying native broadleaf species and common woodland flora
  • Familiarity with microsoft software

We can offer the placement working through the medium of English or Welsh.



20 days per annum plus bank holidays although where bank holidays are worked the equivalent time off in lieu may be taken by prior agreement


1 year fixed term contract with a one month probationary period


  • Up to 20 days paid release to attend fully funded CPD training
  • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer.
  • There is access to a £300 relocation grant available upon request from RFS.
  • 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.