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Forest Manager Vacancy

To support continued growth in our Scottish and Welsh client base, we have positions available for experienced and graduate forest managers to join our accomplished team.

We are seeking a Forest Manager with minimum 3 years’ experience to support the delivery of a professional and client-focused woodland management service in Central Scotland, based in our Perth Office.  You will also have experience in the management of established commercial forest assets. Additionally, supporting the identification and development of woodland creation opportunities, together with overseeing operational aspects, will be a key part of the role.  You will hold a relevant degree and have achieved, or be working towards, ICF Chartership. 

We also have vacancies for two Graduate Foresters to support the delivery of operational programmes. These are based at our Perth and Brecon Offices, supporting the existing forest management team across a diverse and expanding portfolio.  Relevant pre-university or mid-year placement experience would be a distinct advantage. 

For these roles, the successful candidates will be strongly motivated and maintain high professional standards. A sound knowledge of UK forestry acquired through academic study and practical application will be developed in the context of a range of forest types, ideally from lowland estate forestry to upland commercial forestry.  You will have knowledge and awareness of UKFS, UKWAS and the associated regulatory processes in the respective countries, and be able to demonstrate a functional understanding of the full range of operations from new planting and restocking through to harvesting operations.  You will be attentive to  the requirements of delivering a high quality forest management service, being dilligent, organised and effective with various forms of communication.  The effective use of IT applications commonly used to support forest management is already part of your workflow, as is a desire to learn new technologies and processes. 

In return, we offer a comprehensive remuneration package commensurate with experience and the opportunity for progressive knowledge growth and long term career development. 

Closing date for formal applications is 28 February 2020. 

For a full job description and details of how to apply, please complete and submit the form: 

ICF Council

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Sowerby MICFor was elected to National Council for the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) earlier last month, providing important representation for the Institutes’ membership in Wales.

The role of council is to support the executive’s work, engage with the wider membership and support initiatives that strengthen the institute and it’s membership. During Andrew’s 3-year term, he will attend council three times a year and report back to the Wales Regional Group, of which he is already a committee member, as well as supporting new members in Wales on their path to becoming chartered professionals. Andrew brings more than 15 years experience as a professional forester, and recognises the importance of mentoring new foresters by seeking to improve the connections that the ICF has with potential members, new members and experienced members alike.

During his time in post, Andrew hopes that he can contribute towards the current ICF action plan by:

  • Encouraging Regional Groups to identify training needs and offer locally led, informal seminars.
  • Identifying strategic training needs common to the four countries and set up online resources available to members.
  • Encourage mentoring and challenge all Professional Members to make the offer of mentoring; facilitated by Regional Groups and seeking mentoring across sectors. Again, this can be supported by online resources that structure early conversations.
  • Find ways to support potential members from practical backgrounds who need focus and encouragement to complete academic qualifications while working full time.

The challenge to deliver resilient forests, productive woodlands and well managed trees inspires me

Andrew Sowerby MICFor

Andrew is active in attending National Conference and field visits in Wales, as well as working with universities and colleges offering presentations to students. He also leads Mbale Coed, a group that supports the planting of ten million trees in Eastern Uganda. He hopes his outgoing approach to forestry and life will help him be a member of council that conveys messages clearly and regularly, and one who listens actively and makes time for discussions both online and in person.