Contracts Manager - South West

Woodland Trust

Home based, South West
£24,000 - £27,500 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 5th May 2019  


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife. The Trust aims to engage and inspire people about woods and trees to help us meet our vision of creating, restoring and protecting woodland. We own and care for over 1,000 woodland sites across the United Kingdom and support the creation and management of woodland on land outside the Trust’s own estate.


As our Contracts Manager in South West England, you will be supporting the preparation and delivery of significant contracts and projects and responsible for managing contracts on site, whilst working alongside our 5 Site Managers for the Woodland Trust’s Estate across the whole Region.

These contracts will include significant timber harvesting, civil engineering and tree safety programmes – you will be supporting and leading on the development and implementation of our response to Chalara. Developing and delivering appropriate CSS applications to offset costs and drive the Trust’s income streams will also figure highly in your work.

You will be involved with auditing qualitative standards, mapping and other data gathering in support of the planning and delivery of operations on the Estate. You’ll identify works to be bundled into larger, more efficient contracts across site management areas and developing our contractor base to build confidence and competence within the sector.

In addition, you’ll be assisting with maintaining standards of brand presentation and visitor experience at Woodland Trust sites in accordance with published Brand and Visitor Experience Guidelines.

Off our Estate, you will support the Outreach team in contract preparation and delivery for woodland work on private land and provide a general contract preparation service for the retention of consultants, researchers and contractors.


With solid previous experience within forestry or conservation, you’ll be solution focussed with excellent communication skills, be commercially aware and be able to work collaboratively to achieve results. You’ll be self-motivated and work well as part of a team but also comfortable and confident as a lone-worker in isolation when required. You’ll have experience of tendering, procuring and land management and/or forestry contracts, including operational budget management.

A full driving licence with the ability to undertake travel across a wide area is an essential requirement.


There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Whatever you do here you will be supporting our work to protect and enhance woods and trees. In return, we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance and good holiday entitlement.

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