Forest Craftsperson

Forestry England

Upminster, London
£19,750 - £20,930 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 01708642957 Pete O'Rourke

Reference: 1634678

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 26th July 2019   5 days left

East England Forest District (EEFD) is headed by Tristram Hilborn as Forest Management Director with over 100 directly employed staff. EEFD is responsible for managing circa 35,000ha of Public Forest Estate land from North Norfolk to Brighton; including Thetford Forest and the outlying beats of Sandlings, Kent, East Sussex, Chilterns and Thames Chase Community Forest. Much of the 35,000ha is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is highly popular as a recreational area. 

Thames Beat, based in Upminster (Essex), is the main outstation for the management of the District's community woodland estate. The Thames Beat covers an area of 520 hectares of community woodland around the Thames Gateway and Thames Chase Community Forest to the east of London, south Essex and north Kent. 

Thames Beat has eight members of staff and is supported by other key team members from the East England Forest District and national teams. The team’s role is to manage and sustainably expand the existing community woodland estate in which it is centred. 

The Thames Beat estate consists of a number of woodlands, created near to communities over the last decade on greenfield and brownfield land. They support a range of habitats from establishing woodland, traditional orchards, wildflower meadows, as well as providing community participation opportunities. 

The team specialises in seeking new and innovative methods of delivering public benefits, and has recently worked in partnership with a commercial brownfield reclamation company in the restoration of three landfill sites into community woodlands. This successful collaboration has created further opportunities that could enable the sustainable expansion of the community woodland estate over the next 10 years. 

The Thames Beat is often used as an example of the work Forestry England are doing to create new woodlands close to communities. 

Thames Beat are part of a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) landscape partnership called ‘Land of the Fanns’, a £2.4 million project aimed at delivering physical improvements and engagement projects across East London and South-West Essex. This post is part-funded by HLF through this programme, and there will be opportunity for the postholder to use their skills and training to support programme delivery. 

Purpose of the Job 

To work alongside the Apprentice Forest Craftsperson and the wider Thames Beat team, completing a wide range of practical tasks to help meet the Thames Beat work commitments and health and safety responsibilities. 

To provide guidance and supervision where appropriate to the Apprentice Forest Craftsperson to assist them in successfully completing their apprenticeship. 

It is expected that the post holder may work weekends and evenings should operational needs require this. 

Key Work Areas 

Maintain various habitats across the Thames Beat, including Jeskyns, helping to improve the management of the sites for the long term. The work will include tree planting, management of vegetation, erecting fencing, application of pesticides and chainsaw use. 

Operate petrol mowers, brushcutters and strimmers to manage rides, paths and play areas for the visiting public 

Carry out practical maintenance jobs across Thames Beat, working effectively as part of a team, and when requested responding quickly to unexpected work and issues raised by supervisors. 

Support the Thames Beat team with the maintenance of recreational facilities, including the repair and maintenance of trails, installation and maintenance of signs, picnic tables, benches and play equipment. 

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