The Job with Chatsworth

Trainee Forestry Worker

Job Description

You will be working alongside the existing forestry and arboricultural team to manage the woodlands and trees on the Chatsworth estate in Derbyshire, learn a bit more about Chatsworth and the work they do here.

Main Responsibilities

  • Carrying out instructions given by the Forestry Manager/ Assistant Forester/ Arboricultural supervisor.
  • Cutting, splitting and delivering firewood.
  • Tractor driving including towing trailers, operating the forwarding trailer and winch.
  • Forestry maintenance operations including planting, fencing and spraying.
  • Chainsaw operations including cross cutting, felling, clearing wind blow and thinning.
  • Maintenance of all forestry vehicles and equipment.
  • Working as part of a team or alone without direct supervision.
  • Interacting with other departments on the estate.
  • Working safely at all times, being aware of your own and others health and safety.
  • To ensure all work is carried out to the high standard required
  • As a representative of the Chatsworth Estate, being friendly, helpful, polite and enthusiastic when dealing with members of the public and other estate staff.
  • Having a flexible approach to carrying out other work on the Estate.

About You


  • Hardworking and committed.
  • Able to work in an outdoor environment in all weathers.
  • Able to work alone using own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Awareness of health and safety requirements.
  • Flexible approach to work.


  • Full UK Driving License.

Benefits and more details

Salary – £20,000+

Hours of Work 

Term – 1 year fixed term with 1 month probation period

Support – Up to 20 days paid release to attend fully funded CPD training (To the value of £2,000)

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.

Accommodation available.

Interview Details

Please be aware you will need to be available for an in person interview the week commencing 8th July at Chatsworth House.


Please feel free to reach out to Alison if you have any questions about the role, the Forestry Roots program, the application process or the interview process.