Graduate Forester – Woodland Futures

Graduate Forester – Woodland Futures

Job Description

Job Title: Graduate Forester, Forest Futures
Reporting To: Woodland Futures Delivery Manager
Salary: Scale 5 SP16 - £24,012 + 3% Employer Pension Contribution
Hours: 37.5 hours per week. We support flexible working.
Contract: Fixed term contract to March 2025
Location: Home based with regular travel across Cumbria

About this Project

Woodland Futures Cumbria is a new 3-year partnership project running until March 2025. The project
aims to increase woodland creation and bring woodlands into management through the provision of
advice, information, training, and coordination between different organisations working across Cumbria.

Purpose of Role

The Graduate Forester role provides the opportunity for a someone who has recently completed a
course of study to take their first vital steps into forestry employment and develop their woodland
management skills, knowledge, and experience to take their career forward.

The successful applicant will be employed by the Lake District Foundation and managed by Cumbria
Woodlands. The role involves a mixture of office-based and outdoor work and at times you will need to
work in adverse weather and possibly in remote places. The role involves outreach activities and
communication with landowners and land managers to promote the benefits of woodland management
and offer options for woodland creation.

We are actively seeking to increase diversity and improve representation within our organisation and
would welcome interest from people from a black or minority ethnic background and/or with a disability.

Role Responsibilities and Tasks:

• Provision and commission advice on woodland creation and management to local landowners and
land managers.
• Communicating agricultural transition options, woodlands creation options and the benefits of
woodland management.
• Project engagement activity, through attendance at auction markets and agriculture shows across
• Identify and share learning and insights with Lake District Foundation and Cumbria Woodlands
colleagues to inform the development of wider programmes of work.

Person Specification - Competencies, skills, and experience:


• A HNC, HND, BSc or MSc in forestry or similar forestry qualification or related geographic or
land use associated degree or qualification.
• Knowledge of the social, environmental, and economic issues related to woodland creation,
restoration, and management.
• Knowledge of national policies as they affect the countryside, land management and farming.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders
(e.g., contractors, landowners).
• Ability to work effectively both within a team environment and as a self-motivated lone worker.
• Ability to assess and evaluate data and technical criteria to reach informed decisions.
• Effective skills in the collation and recording of accurate data and in information management.
• A willingness to learn and commitment to continuing professional development.
• Strict compliance with health and safety, risk management and lone worker policies and
• Access to own vehicle and a full driving licence.


• A working knowledge of Office 365 applications
• A basic knowledge of mapping/QGIS
• Working towards Chartered Forestry status, or willing to begin that journey


• Open to flexible working, including some evenings and weekends.
• Empathy with the aims and values of the Lake District Foundation and Cumbria Woodlands.
• A proactive commitment to our shared ethos of equality and diversity.

About Us

The Lake District Foundation

The Lake District Foundation (LDF) is a registered charity, established in August 2017. Based in
Kendal, we work across the National Park, some 2000 km of landscape and the largest of the ten
designated National Parks in England, and across wider Cumbria.

We work to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural
environment, and the cultural heritage, of the Lake District. This is a unique environment which is a
vital space for both nature and people.

Our Values:

• We act with integrity and are transparent and open in our actions.
• We are sustainable in our ways of working, and in our impact – striving for long term change
in a way that respects our environment.
• We are collaborative in our approach, working with partners to effect change at
landscape scale.
• We are innovative in our approach, exploring and embracing new ways of working.

Cumbria Woodlands

Cumbria Woodlands is a not-for-profit organisation which maintains an independent and impartial status
whilst working collaboratively with its partners. For the last 30 years Cumbria Woodlands has provided
advice and guidance on woodland creation and woodland management; training and development
services; consultancy and research; and policy and advocacy work. We exist to support the wider
woodland sector by bridging the gap between small woodland owners and commercial forestry, and the
gaps between the private and environmental sectors and government. We partner with government
agencies, not-for-profit organisation, academics and researchers, and private landowners and land
managers to bring benefits to Cumbria both directly and indirectly. We operate locally within Cumbria,
regionally and nationally.

Woodland and conservation management principles dictate that a diversity of flora, fauna and age
structure are inherently valuable to the sustainability and resilience of a woodland. We are working to
apply the same principles to our organisation. To this end, the culture of Cumbria Woodlands values
difference (e.g. age, gender identity, race, nationality, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability,
ethnicity, and perspective) as a source of innovation, strength and creativity. We recognise that to be engaged, all members of our team must feel included and valued, and we celebrate a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging.

How to Apply

Applicants must have the right to live and work in UK in place (we are unable to consider candidates
who do not already hold appropriate permissions).

Application is by:

1. A C.V (of maximum three pages)
2. And accompanied by one of the following which clearly demonstrates how you meet the person
a. A two-page covering letter
b. A two-minute audio or video message
c. An illustration/diagram.
3. Completion (voluntarily) of our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (please note that this does
not form part of our assessment process and is used for monitoring purposes only).

Please return the following information by email marked: PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL Graduate Forester Recruitment to:

Sandra Edmondson Office Administrator, Lake District Foundation

For any queries about the application process please contact Sandra Edmondson (as above).

For any queries, or an informal discussion, about the role, please contact:
Neville Elstone, Director, Cumbria Woodlands

Key Dates:

• Closing date for receipt of applications: Sunday 22nd May 2022
• Provisional Interview Date: Monday June 13th (in person, in Cumbria)

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