About the Job

Job title: Assistant Forest Manager
Location: Kintbury, Berkshire
Responsible to: William Hamer, BSc FRICS
Main purpose of the job:
This role provides an opportunity for a graduate to broaden their work-based skills and also develop their own areas of interest.  We view this role as being part of a team and expect a very highly self-motivated individual who can contribute and develop ideas from their recent studies.

The main purpose of the job is the management of mixed lowland woodland in central southern England.

Part of the role will entail working directly with the Future Trees Trust assisting with their work and learning more about the scope of the charity.  Part of W Hamer’s practice involves running the Hampshire Woodfuel Cooperative and assisting with this role will be part of the job.


Main responsibilities:

To work alongside W Hamer and under his direction.

Task include stand assessments and marking timber; supervising contractors; all aspects of management planning and mapping.

When on secondment to FTT, working under the direction of Jo Clark.

Tasks may include the assessment of broadleaved progeny and provenance trials; assessments of ash dieback in the national archive of tolerant ash; attending filed meetings and learning about forest genetic resources.

Competencies, skills and experience:
Competencies: ·     A BSc or MSc in a forestry.

·     Good working knowledge of Microsoft office applications

·     Handle and manipulate data effectively and accurately to ensure clear, well maintained records and information which is easy to access

·     At least a basic knowledge of QGIS

·     Familiarity with Pear Technology: PT Mapper desirable

·     Ability to assess and evaluate data, technical criteria/information and other evidence to reach informed objective judgements/decisions.

Skills: ·     Able to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing

·     Able to communicate effectively with the public, contractors and landowners

·     Able to work collaboratively with a broad range of professionals including agronomists, architects, students and people with an interest in forestry and timber

·     Tact, diplomacy and negotiating skills in order to handle contentious issues and contracting works.

·     Experience of team working and ability to liaise with multi-discipline teams

·     Ability to prioritize and work to deadlines with minimum supervision.

·     Clean drivers license and own car essential

Personal attributes: •     Demonstrate the RFS core values of professionalism, willingness to learn and good manners demonstrated through good behaviour to colleagues and stakeholders

•     Ability to work effectively both within a team environment and as a self-motivated lone worker

•     Willingness to learn and contribute to own continuing professional development

•     Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions

•     Ability to adapt to changes in conditions, technologies, situations and working environments

•     Strict compliance with and disciplined approach to identification, management, mitigation and avoidance of risks and hazards for both safety and the environment.


Location: The post is based near Kintbury, Berkshire. The post holder will also be required to work across the south east, with some national work, attend meetings and training events, and make site visits in locations not served by public transport. Business mileage incurred using private vehicles will be reimbursed at the agreed mileage rate. A car and full driving license will be needed.
Contract status: This is a 2 year contract. But offers long term career prospects.
Salary: £18,500 – £20,000 depending on experience.

Payment is made by BACS on the last working day of every month.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week.
Leave: The leave entitlement for 12 months is 23 days plus bank holidays falling within the contract period.
Training and Review: Regular progress reviews will take place.  Up to 20 days paid release to attend CPD training agreed with Future Trees Trust and the RFS.