Forestry Intern - Stratford Upon Avon
Heart of England Forest
About the CompanyABOUT THE HEART OF ENGLAND FOREST
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, this project is 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 7,000 acres of land, the forest currently consists of 600 acres of mature woodland and around 4,000 acres of new planting, and comprises a mosaic of habitats from woodland to grassland and wetland to a small area of heathland. We have planted an almost 1.9 million trees so far, which is well on the way towards our goal of a 30,000-acre forest. But with patience and your support, who knows how far it will grow!
More information can be found at www.heartofenglandforest.com
About the jobThis training role is ideal for a budding forester early in their career wishing to develop a wide range of forestry skills, experience and competencies for career progression. Ideally suited for someone starting or changing to a career in forestry as no practical experience is necessary but a clear need and commitment to the environment must be demonstrated.
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. For most of the year you will be undertaking practical woodland management tasks including maintaining and increasing public access. The winter months will predominantly be tree planting when you will join the rest of the forestry team working anywhere in our 7,000-acre Forest.
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.
Please visit https://www.heartofenglandforest.com/get-involved/jobs/ to view the posts and to download a job description / person specification and an application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.
• A need to develop forestry skills, experience and competencies for career development
• An innovative, can-do, enthusiastic work ethic
• Good IT skills (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
• Self-motivated and proven experience of ability to work on own initiative
• Effective team worker
• Good communication skills, both oral and written
• Able to communicate Heart of England Forest values and standards to supporters and stakeholders
• Committed to conservation
• Full driving license with use of own vehicle for business use
• A flexible approach to work and willingness to undertake some evening and weekend work
• Willingness to develop new skills and take on new areas of responsibility
• Good project management skills
• Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build relationships and engage effectively with people at all levels
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