Forestry Intern

Heart of England Forest

Warwickshire / Worcestershire
£18,720 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01789491391

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 12th May 2019  

The Heart of England Forest is the premier woodland creation charity in England. We have already created the largest new native broadleaf woodland in England and continue on our mission to grow a 30,000-acre contiguous forest. Not only is our forest expanding, so too is our team, and we have some exciting opportunities for you to join our expert forestry team based in South Warwickshire / Worcestershire.

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Forestry Intern (Salary - £18,720 p/a)

Fixed term contract – 1 year

This training role is ideal for a budding forester wishing to develop a wide range of forestry skills, experience and competencies for career progression, e.g. gap year student, middle year placement, post-qualification year, etc. This is a unique role which will give the successful candidate an opportunity to grow and shape England’s largest new native broadleaf woodland, whilst gaining practical experience on the job.

In this role you will work with and be supported by our forestry team to deliver operational plans to ensure that the Heart of England Forest achieves the aims and objectives set out in its strategic plan. This will include practical forestry planting and maintenance working with the staff team, volunteers, corporate supporters and contractors to achieve our vision of a 30,000-acre contiguous woodland.

As well as gaining skills in practical forestry you will be involved in widening public access and encouraging people and wildlife. You will also be supported to undertake your own specialist project across the duration of the internship, and evidence gathered as part of the project delivery can then be used to form a portfolio in order to demonstrate skills and experience gained throughout the internship.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to learn and has a “can do” attitude, who will be a passionate ambassador for the charity.

Closing date: Sunday 12th May

Interview date: Wednesday 22nd May


Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland

The Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity. We want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and plant one of the largest forests in England. Our goal is to create a huge, unbroken woodland – a refuge from the modern world where people can rediscover nature and wildlife can flourish. It’s an ambitious vision, which we’re determined to make happen, one tree at a time.

The Heart of England Forest is not only a perfectly positioned lung for the Midlands, but a breath of fresh air for the nation. With over a million new native trees planted so far, we are restoring our native woodland – providing a safe and permanent habitat for wildlife as well as an escape for people from the urban environments surrounding it.

The forest stretches up the Warwickshire / Worcestershire border, from the present-day borders of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden to the edge of the Vale of Evesham – the north Cotswolds to south Birmingham. It’s an area dense in cities, towns and industry. Which is why we’re creating a place to walk under shady canopies and through airy glades, away from the bustle of city life.

The UK has less than a third of the native tree cover of many other European countries, including France, Germany and Italy. Planting tomorrow’s great native woodland has already started. With 6,000 acres of land, the forest currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and over 3,900 acres of new planting. We have planted an incredible 1.8 million trees so far, that’s over 12% of the way towards our goal of a 30,000-acre forest. But with patience and your support, who knows how far it will grow!

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