Thanks for your interest in joining the Forest of Marston Vale.

We're a charity whose mission is to plant trees and manage woodlands to make life better for people and wildlife in the Marston Vale, 61sq miles between Bedford and Milton Keynes. Since the early 1990’s, we’ve transformed the landscape and made the Marston Vale a thriving place to live, work and play. We’ve already planted around 2 million trees, increasing tree cover from 3% to 15% - with your help we want to plant 5 million more trees, and achieve tree cover of 30%. Find out more about who we are.

Would you like to join our team? Discover career opportunities at our Community Forest below:

Forest Creation Officer (£28,000 - £32,000)

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, driven and confident Forest Creation Officer to join us and expand our existing team. You’ll work to secure increased levels of woodland creation and tree planting to boost the creation of the Forest of Marston Vale.

To do this, you’ll work proactively with farmers and other landowners to promote, secure and implement new woodland creation projects and schemes, and be instrumental in delivering our c.£8m Trees for Climate programme, supported by Defra. As part of doing this, you’ll take a confident approach to engaging with landowners and managers and be able to use your technical and practical knowledge to provide professional advice to them. You’ll be able to comfortably undertake surveys and assessments of land, then design and prepare tree planting, woodland creation and other habitat creation schemes, and ensure their successful delivery, including managing contractors.

The role will be based at the award-winning Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park in Bedfordshire, reporting to the Forest Director, with day-to-day supervision from the Forest Development Manager. You will be key to increasing tree planting and woodland creation activity, including the creation of a further c.250ha of woodland under the Trees for Climate programme by 2025.

To be successful in the role, you must be qualified to HND or degree level in forestry, countryside/land management or another related field, or have equivalent work experience. Professional experience within a similar land management role or natural environment context will also be required.

As landowners are key stakeholders, you are also required to have proven, positive experience with farmers, land managers and land agents. Experience of managing contractors is needed, as is a broad ecological knowledge of a range of habitats and their management. The role also requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent IT literacy and knowledge of using GIS.

The role will require travel around the Marston Vale area and applicants are therefore required to hold a full driving licence or have the ability to accommodate such travel.

You can download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification here.

Find out more about who we are.

To apply please email [email protected] with your CV and cover letter.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th January, with interviews to take place shortly afterwards.


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