The Job with Sherwood Forest Trust

Forestry Conservation Trainee

Job Description

As part of our  Conservation Team,  you  will be working on all aspects of our tree planting, growing trees, woodland management and heathland restoration programmes,  helping to protect Sherwood Forest for future generations.

You will also be able to spend time at our Community Tree Nursery, learning the more horticultural element of the post.

We expect that you will assist in the organisation of the Sherwood Forest Trust Woodland Festival in June 2025.

You will also  be able to support our work in giving advice and guidance on woodland designs and woodland management plans, for example, for Parish Councils.

During your year with us you will be:

  • planting trees to create new areas of woodland within Sherwood Forest.
  • felling trees as part of the management of our heathland.
  • working to remove invasive species and restore native habitats.
  • involved in general countryside management, including fencing, gates, hedge laying and planting.
  • helping to manage our community tree nursery (The Sherwood Seedbank) by collecting seeds and growing trees.

About You

Essential Requirements:

  • Resilience working outdoors all year round and in poor weather conditions.
  • The ability to work as part of a team, but also the self-motivation to progress suitable tasks without direct supervision.
  • A desire to take the first step in a career in forestry and woodland management.
  • Full Drivers License

Desirable Requirements

  • An accredited chainsaw certificate covering maintenance, cross-cutting and felling small trees
  • A Level 2 certificate in a land management related subject
  • Competency identifying native broadleaf species and common woodland flora.

Benefits and more details

Salary – £20,000+

Hours of Work – 37

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.

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.

No housing or subsistence allowance is included.

Interview Details

Please be aware that you will need to be available for an interview online, via Teams, on 10th July 2024. 


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.