About the Job

Forestry Assistant - West Yorkshire

Who can apply?

We’re looking for someone who:

  • is aged 18 – 30
  • has recently completed a level 3 course in Forestry, Arboriculture or Countryside Management and have secured some practical tickets.
  • has experience of using Excel and other standard packages.
  • 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 forestry assistant will be part of a growing and developing progressive estate team. Activities will be linked to the delivery of our new 10 year Woodland Management Plan as well as supporting grant funding works related to water management, habitat creation and species recovery.  As well as forestry works there will be opportunity to get involved in other land management projects and gain an understanding of all elements of work required on a diversified estate.

Main responsibilities

The main role is to assist with the delivery of the Forest Departments annual programme of works and delivery of special projects.

  • Contribute to the implementation of the Estate’s 10-year forestry plan while ensuring a light touch approach where needed to protect our Ancient Woodland sites and veteran trees and enhance their biodiversity and amenity values.
  • Deliver elements of the estate’s forestry plan including the clearing of fallen trees, selective timber extraction, firewood processing and safety works
  • In-house woodland compartment thinning and maintenance, including guard maintenance and removal, pruning, tree planting and re-stocking
  • Invasive species removal and pest management
  • Delivery of Water Environment Project, including woodland ground preparation works for habitat creation, installing leaky dams and Rhododendron management.
  • Boundary management, including fence repairs and maintenance, scrub clearance along ha-ha, gate repairs and hedgerow management.
  • Assistance with surveys related to health and safety along public rights of way, pests and disease and biodiversity monitoring

Other Responsibilities include;

  • To ensure the delivery of the estates forestry policy in line with any health and safety requirements.
  • Survey and data entry for ancient and veteran trees.
  • Maintain PPE and equipment and ensure all H & S procedures are followed.
  • Maintain good working relationship with team members and other Estate Departments
  • Follow Company regulations in H&S and maintain a safe working environment, ensuring best practice systems are followed at all times and play an active role in a positive H&S culture among the team
  • To ensure personal standards of presentation, performance and attendance beyond reproach at all times.
  • To operate machinery with proper regard to safety regulations in accordance with H&S procedures. Using all tools safely and correctly and to observe and apply H&S regulations at all times, including daily risk assessments and machinery checks.

Desirable Practical Skills

  • Accredited chainsaw certificate
  • Accredited Brush cutter certificate
  • Accredited pesticide certificate
  • Tractor driving skills and machinery maintenance
  • Digger and/or dumper tickets
  • GIS understanding/experience
  • First Aid Certificate

Personal skills and knowledge

  • Knowledge and understating of woodland and estate management
  • An interest in wildlife, conservation and historic environment
  • Ability to work as part of a dynamic team, but also the independence to carry out task un-supervised when required
  • Can do attitude, eye for detail, willingness to learn on the job and assist other departments


  • 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 up to a value of £2,000
  • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer
  • Work wear, PPE & necessary equipment
  • Up to £300 towards the cost of relocating.
  • Subject to availability, the Estate is able to offer an employee discount of 23% on Estate owned residential properties rented under an AST.

Terms and Conditions

This is a 1-year fixed term contract with a one-month probationary period

  • 40 hr working week: Monday to Thursday 8 am – 5pm, Friday 8 am – 4pm.
  • You will be part of a weekend rota working every one in every 6 weeks, with time off in lieu.
  • 23 days leave per annum plus bank holidays.
  • Regular progress reviews with the RFS and employer.
  • 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.