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Senior / Forest Manager Vacancy – East Anglia

We manage over 35,000 hectares of woodland throughout Great Britain. The properties managed are remarkably diverse, ranging from species rich ancient broadleaved woods to extensive conifer plantations, and from small farm woodlands to whole estates.

Due to continual business growth, we are seeking Senior / Forest Managers to be based in East Anglia.

Candidates must be self-motivated and ambitious, ready to conscientiously support a team with an expanding portfolio. 

Good candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant academic qualifications.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in forest management, familiarity with UKFS & UKWAS.
  • Experience of woodland creation plans & planting / management schemes.
  • Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

The following attributes are also essential:

  • Critical thinking to solve problems.
  • Customer focus, the ability to actively listen and deliver accurately to meet the needs of the client.
  • Computer literacy: QGIS, GPS & mobile surveying apps, Microsoft 365 (particularly Excel, Word & Outlook), bespoke web applications and all video conferencing formats.
  • A full clean UK driving licence and a willingness to travel to other parts of the UK if required.

 Salary and Benefits

  • Salary up to £42,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.
  • A vehicle suited to the role is provided for business and personal use, if required. No costs to employee, other than income tax for the vehicle and paying for the fuel for private use of the vehicle.
  • The company operates a stakeholder pension scheme.
  • Annual leave of 20-25 days plus bank holidays will be paid, to be taken at times agreed with the Directors. Holiday entitlement rises with length of service.
  • Other benefits include mobile phone, laptop or desktop PC and other tools, equipment & PPE necessary to carry out the role.
  • The post is full time (i.e. minimum 40 hours per week, with some time additionally required to cover travelling to distant sites/ offices).
  • Relocation expenses will be considered for the right candidate.

Applications should be submitted in writing along with CV and directed to penny@silviculture.co.uk.

Closing Date: 11th February 2022

Planned interview dates (by video conference): week commencing the 14th 2022.

If you have specific questions about the role then please contact graham@silviculture.co.uk

Senior Forest Manager Vacancy – Central England

The successful candidate would be expected to take the lead on the management of a portfolio of existing client properties ranging from large woodland estates to lowland mixed woodland, often on Ancient woodland sites.

Principal Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of budgets, annual reports and financial forecasts.
  • Creation of UKWAS management plans and long-term production forecasts.
  • Programming thinning and felling and overseeing the delivery of these.
  • Timber assessment, marking and mensuration.
  • Coordinating any necessary restocking and maintenance of young conifer, mixed and broadleaved crops.
  • Tendering and oversight of some contract work.
  • Management of health and safety in relation to subcontractor-instructed work.
  • Development of opportunities for new business.

Training and support will be provided to introduce the successful applicant to company systems and procedures.  Day to day reporting and support for ongoing development would be from Julian Burchby MICFor, who is based at our Devon Office.

Principal Requirements

The ideal candidate would be expected to have the following:

  • A degree or diploma in Forestry, or a land-based degree.
  • Ideally 5 years plus experience as a forest manager, where directly involved in the day to day management of forest properties and in dealing directly with woodland owners.
  • Have attained or be working towards their professional ICF accreditation.

Practical experience should include:

  • Knowledge of the regulatory systems and grant opportunities in England.
  • A strong degree of commercial acumen, and sound understanding of upland conifer and estate silviculture, and the full range of operations from new planting and restocking through to clear-felling.
  • Thorough knowledge of the requirements of UKFS and UKWAS; the latter being especially relevant to the proposed portfolio.
  • Knowledge of lowland and mixed conifer / broadleaved silviculture and the management of PAWS woodlands would be desirable.

Personal skills should include:

  • High level of motivation and ambition, with ability to deliver a high-quality professional service to clients.
  • Ability to work on your own, or closely with other members within a small and dedicated team.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in written word.
  • Proven business acumen, and a desire to develop and grow the portfolio over time.
  • Proficiency with IT systems, with experience of Word, Excel, Outlook and GIS.

Location & Geographic Area of Operation

The position of Forest Manager will be based ideally in Oxfordshire but will serve as a base for our portfolio in Central England, incorporating Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

 Salary and Benefits

  • Salary up to £44,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.
  • A vehicle suited to the role is provided for business and personal use, if required. No costs to employee, other than income tax for the vehicle and paying for the fuel for private use of the vehicle.
  • The company operates a stakeholder pension scheme.
  • Annual leave of 20-25 days plus bank holidays will be paid, to be taken at times agreed with the Directors. Holiday entitlement rises with length of service.
  • Other benefits include mobile phone, laptop or desktop PC and other tools, equipment & PPE necessary to carry out the role.
  • The post is full time (i.e. minimum 40 hours per week, with some time additionally required to cover travelling to distant sites/ offices).
  • Relocation expenses will be considered for the right candidate.

Applications should be submitted in writing along with CV and directed to penny@silviculture.co.uk.

Closing Date: 21st January 2022

Planned interview dates (by video conference): week commencing the 31st January 2022.

If you have specific questions about the role then please contact julian@silviculture.co.uk

Forester Vacancy – Mid Wales

To support continued growth in our Mid Wales client base, we have positions available for an experienced Forester to join our accomplished team.

We manage over 38,000 hectares of woodland throughout Great Britain. The properties managed are remarkably diverse, ranging from species rich ancient broadleaved woods to extensive conifer plantations, and from small farm woodlands to whole estates.

After a record year throughout the country, we are seeking a Forester for Mid-Wales, based in Brecon.

Candidates must be self-motivated and ambitious, ready to conscientiously support a team with an expanding portfolio.

Good candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Relevant academic qualifications.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in forest management, familiarity with UKFS & UKWAS.
  • Experience of woodland creation grant schemes.
  • Professional membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters or progressing towards attaining chartered status is preferred.

The following attributes are also essential:

  • Critical thinking to solve problems.
  • Customer focus, the ability to actively listen and deliver accurately to meet the needs of the client.
  • Computer literacy: QGIS, GPS & mobile surveying apps, Microsoft 365 (particularly Excel, Word & Outlook), bespoke web applications and all video conferencing formats.
  • A full clean UK driving licence and a willingness to travel to other parts of the UK if required.

In return we offer a competitive salary, Company Phone, laptop and company vehicle.

Applications should be submitted in writing along with CV and directed to penny@silviculture.co.uk.

Closing Date: 31st January 2022.

If you have specific questions then please contact andrew.sowerby@silviculture.co.uk.