About the Job

Graduate Forestry Consultant - Eastern Region

Main Purpose of The Job

The Graduate Forestry Consultant’s role will be to provide the Oakbank Woodland and Arboricultural Team with support in every aspect of tree and woodland management services for our clients. We have a varied portfolio of clients across the Midlands and East Anglia region who are predominantly farmers and large Country Estates, although we do a lot of work for institutions and other large land owners such as the Woodland Trust, Universities, Parish Councils, Studs and Horse Racing Yards.

Typical work will include the development and delivery of woodland management plans, felling licenses, grant applications, tendering and management of forest works. The recently announced English Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) has prompted an enormous amount of interest and demand and so new woodland design, grant application and management will be something the entire industry will be busy with over the next few years.  You will also be encouraged to assist in and learn about wider tree management requirements such as tree risk management policies and strategies, ancient and park tree management and trees in relation to developments (BS:5837). The role is wide ranging and will include training in the following:

  • GIS Pear mapping software and tools with hand held tablets.
  • Online, digital, interactive mapping tools for geographic background searches including ecological, historical and designations for woodland applications, management plans and licenses.
  • Forest Works Manager roles to providing key support during harvesting operations, planning and tracking progression through to completion;
  • Soil surveys and ESC (Ecological Site Classification) to aid woodland creation plans and applications.

 

Main Responsibilities

  • Site meetings with clients to discuss and advise on woodland and tree related matters and assist with their visions, requirements, planning and execution of associated projects.
  • Woodland surveys for management planning & felling license details.
  • Drafting woodland management plans following the Forestry Commission guidance and templates.
  • Subsequent site visits as required by Statutory Bodies such as Natural England, Historic England or the Forestry Commission.
  • Submitting Felling License applications using the FC Online system.
  • Assist with timber harvesting and marketing processes, contractor / timber buyer selection and conducting Operational Site Assessments (OSA’s) & management of selected contractor operations, to include supervision of ecological and H&S requirements.
  • Undertake site visits to monitor harvesting works, restocking and planting works.
  • Assist with compiling Deer Management Plans and undertake deer habitat surveys.
  • Woodland creation design, grant application (CS or EWGS) and planting contractor selection and supervision through to woodland planting completion, and then arrange ongoing management contracts.
  • The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake other reasonable duties as required – all will be under close supervision and mentoring.

Skills / Competencies

Essential

  • Candidates must have recently completed a degree in Forestry or Woodland Management.
  • Candidates must hold a full driving license and own a car (full mileage expenses provided)
  • Good tree ID abilities

Desirable

  • Mensuration experience
  • GIS mapping experience
  • Woodland Management Planning experience
  • A good understanding of the UK Forest Standard UKFS
  • First Aid Certificate

Personal Attributes

  • Aged 18 – 30
  • Excellent timekeeping, flexibility and attention to detail
  • To take pride in your work
  • To have a positive disposition
  • Previous experience of land management
  • Pro-active, customer focused approach
  • An interest in wildlife, conservation and heritage features and acceptance of the game shooting industry as part of the rural estate and woodland management world.
  • Enjoy the outdoor working lifestyle
  • Ability to cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, gamekeepers, farm managers, contractors and other agencies such as the Forestry Commission, Natural England and Historic England.
  • Willingness to learn from senior team members and on courses.

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Hours: Your official hours will be 08:30am to 5:00 pm, with half an hour being taken for lunch but, due to the nature of the job, the days and hours that you will be required to work will be flexible and will including driving to and from sites and client meetings.
  • Holidays: 20 days per annum + bank holidays.
  • Location: You will be based out of our offices in Ellington, near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire with your own desk, computer etc.
  • Term: 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
  • 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 allowance is included, although we will provide as much assistance and support as possible in finding suitable accommodation.
  • Work wear, PPE & necessary equipment to undertake the role will be provided by Oakbank.
  • There is access to a £300 relocation grant available upon request from RFS.