Forestry Training Manager

Soil Association

£37,621 (pro-rata for 0.6FTE)

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 4th February 2019  

Job Title: Forestry Training Manager
Salary: £37,621 (pro-rata for 0.6FTE)
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Minimum 3 days/week, with flexibility for full time based on successful candidate’s experience. Frequent out of office hours work required for travel
Location: UK based (ideally Bristol), with significant UK and international travel

About us 

Soil Association Certification Limited (SACL) is a leading certification body for forestry worldwide and organic food and farming in the UK. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soil Association, a leading environmental charity.

About the opportunity

The Forestry department has offered certification to FSC® and PEFC™ schemes for sustainable forest management and chain of custody globally for over 20 years. We are also active in providing services to verify timber legality, under various schemes.

To support this work, we have a global network of forest certification auditors and over recent years, we have widened our certification services to include accredited and non-accredited forestry training courses for auditors, certificate holders and other certification professionals

We are now recruiting and welcome interest from highly motivated individuals with suitable qualifications and experience to lead the development and delivery of our international Training programme, in forestry and chain of custody certification and timber legality verification

Your role

Soil Association Certification is recruiting for the role of Forestry Training Manager to manage and deliver the established SA Certification FSC and PEFC Forestry Training programmes for all accredited schemes and to develop further training opportunities to meet sector demand.

This role will involve working with Soil Association Forestry colleagues and our wide international network on the marketing, further development and delivery of our Training programmes, both remotely and in-person.

The role is ideally Bristol-based, but some home-working may be possible for a candidate with the right experience – please indicate in your covering letter where your preferred location would be and if home-based, how often you could travel to Bristol. The role is a minimum of 0.6 Full Time Equivalent, with flexibility for full time based on successful candidate’s experience. Working hours flexibility will be required for international travel etc.

About you 

You have experience of forest management, environmental management and/or the wood-based industry and a solid knowledge of certification standards in the forestry sector, with desirable experience leading FSC and PEFC audits as a qualified Auditor. You also have experience in training, marketing and project delivery. 

Your ability and interest to lead the training programme and to work as part of a training team are essential requirements from Day 1. FSC and PEFC qualified auditor status is highly desirable and an essential requirement in the medium-term, however support will be given to the successful candidate if they are not currently a qualified auditor, so this can be achieved quickly after joining the Soil Association.

Please see the Job Description on our jobs website for further details.

Our employee benefits

Working with us you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including:

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service
  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work, Bristol Pound scheme

Important dates

Closing date for applications: 4 February 2019, 9:00AM
Interviews are expected to take place: 19 February 2019

To Apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to Please make sure that the file names of the documents you attach contain your name (first name and surname) and you clearly indicate which location you are applying for. 

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