Forester – Commercial Forestry Ops

National Trust


This is a unique opportunity to work across the Northern Lake District, helping to look after
our woodland portfolios. Our in house forestry teams carry out all aspects in woodland
management as well as tree safety, boundary maintenance and challenges in dealing with threats
from tree diseases.

As part of our North Lakes team you will be working across the properties of Borrowdale,
Buttermere, Ennerdale & Ullswater. Work is varied in dealing with all aspects in woodland
management. We have woodlands which are of international importance due to their habitats and
locations. Maintaining and enhancing these habitats requires a careful and sensitive approach.

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week 

Contract: Permanent 

Salary: £22,500pa

Interviews: 19th September

We would consider this role on a secondment basis for an internal candidate. Please discuss
this with your current line manager before applying.

If you have any questions about this role please contact: [email protected]

What it’s like to work here

We are a small forestry team of 3, all with different skill sets, working closely together. We
work in a supportive learning environment helping one another to make our forestry operations
the best they can be. Joining as the fourth person you’ll assist in working towards our annual
work programme across the North Lakes. There are a variety of woodland tasks to deal with on a
daily basis, from large thinning operations to storm damage to repairing woodland boundaries.

What you’ll be doing

Tree disease is a real current threat to the UK trees and woods. Our forestry teams have been
vital in responding to the spread across the Lake District in an effort to reduce the spread
and impact. This role will require a skill set which can be applied across all aspects in
forestry work. Tree felling is almost a daily task. Tree extraction is also a regular operation
using a tractor & winch. Timber is moved with our tractor and timber trailer for sale to a
variety of customers. 

Woodland management work will involve thinning operations as part of our long term management
objectives. This can be from a small site which can take a few weeks to the larger scale
operations which can take several months.

The team also react to any emergency tree works such as storm damage. Repairing fences and
walls, damaged by trees is also a requirement of the role

Who we’re looking for

We’d love to hear from you, if you:

  • have woodland management, with experience of establishing new woodlands
  • have forestry operations and associated professional competencies
  • are passionate and experienced enhancing woodlands for nature conservation
  • enjoy working as part of a team
  • enjoy using your own initiative and problem solving when needed. 

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to
create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people
reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and
value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our
teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase
    scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

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