About the job

Trainee Forestry Consultant – North of England

Main purpose of the job The Trainee Forestry Consultant’s role is to provide support across the whole portfolio of clients in the delivery of woodland management plans, felling licences, grant application and delivery, tendering and management of forest works and the design and development of woodland creation projects.  The role is wide ranging and will include training in:

GIS mapping tools with hand held Trimble to capture features and woodland boundaries;

Forest Works Manager roles to providing key support during harvesting operations, planning and tracking progression;

Soil surveys and ESC (Ecological Site Classification)

Main responsibilities ·        Woodland surveys for management planning & felling licence details

·        Drafting woodland management plan following the Forestry Commission FC guidance and templates

·        Submitting Felling Licence applications using the FC Online system

·        Undertake Operational Site Assessments & collation of contractor certification for harvesting operations

·        Undertake site visits to monitor harvesting works, restocking and planting works

·        Compile Deer Management Plans and undertake deer habitat surveys

·        Compile ancient and notable tree date, tagging and mapping tree locations using the hand held Trimble

·        Woodland creation design, grant application and planting execution including soil surveys

·        Track time spent working on individual activities in timesheets, provide mileage records, use spreadsheets, file all work in the client data files.

·        This is not an exhaustive list of duties and post holder will be required to undertake other reasonable duties from time to time.

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 (mileage expenses provided)



·        Good tree ID abilities

·        Ability to do soil surveys and match trees types to soil & climatic conditions

·        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

·       Has faced barriers to education or employment

·       Excellent timekeeping, flexibility and attention to detail

·        To take pride in work

·        To have a positive disposition

·        Previous experience of land management

·        Pro-active, customer focused approach

·        An interest in wildlife, conservation and heritage features

·        Enjoy the outdoor working lifestyle

·        Ability to cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with Estate teams, contractors and other agencies such as the Forestry Commission

·        Willingness to learn on the role from senior team members and on courses

Terms and conditions ·        Hours: Your official hours will be 9.00am to 5:00 pm, with up to one 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 plus bank holidays although where bank holidays are worked the equivalent time off in lieu may be taken by prior agreement

·        Location; There are a number of potential office locations depending on your location circumstances.  Dunnewoods is run form the home office of the Director Jackie Dunne.  There is the option to run an office from your home, with space to hot desk at Dunnewoods or other suitable locations where we could meet.

·        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.

·        Work wear, PPE & necessary equipment to undertake the role will be provided by Dunnewoods.

·        There is access to a £300 relocation grant available upon request from RFS.