About the Employer

Thanks to the support of the Patsy Wood Trust, the Future Trees Trust and the RFS, in partnership with Forestry Consultant William Hamer we are proud to offer this outstanding opportunity. The role is designed to help a recent university graduate secure their first paid forestry employment and provide the successful applicant an excellent first step to a successful forestry career.

The placement will be based in Kintbury, working full time with William Hamer in lowland forestry management in Central Southern England, principally in the private sector with the likelihood of further placement work with associated Forest Managers and the prospect of long term employment. The practice covers all aspects of advising forest owners, preparing management plans, organizing contractors, and marking, measuring and selling timber as well as plantation establishment and maintenance.  Working with the Forestry Commission and other Government agencies over grants and regulations is integral to much of the management work.

Most of the woodland is on sporting estates and many are Ancient Woodland with historical or nature conservation interest so integration of forestry with these interests can make management both interesting and challenging.  Woodlands under management include broadleaved, conifer and mixed woodland with some areas of traditional coppice.

Future Trees Trust are a charity dedicated to the sustainable use of forest genetic resources (FGR), and hardwood tree improvement.  An outcome from this role will be to understand the importance to FGR in industry and principles of sound seed sourcing for resilient woodlands. Therefore, an interest in forest genetic resources is highly desirable for this position.  The selected candidate will receive specialist training and CPD opportunities through the Future Trees Trust to fast-track their development over the course of the two-year role. The successful applicant will have access to up to 20 days funded CPD.