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Logo: Cowdray EstatePlanning Forester – Cowdray Estate Woods Department

Reporting to Head Forester


Job Purpose

To assist in the delivery of the Cowdray Woods Vision – To manage the Estate woodlands productively while enhancing benefits for wildlife and society.


Key Responsibilities

  • To assist the Head Forester in developing a long term management plan for the Estate woodlands
  • Undertake survey work to ensure sub compartment records are correct and up to date.
  • Prepare and submit Countryside Stewardship Applications to the Forestry Commission, based on the programme of operations proposed in the long term plan.
  • Assist in the delivery of tree safety management, particularly relating to Ash Dieback.
  • Continue to develop and update the Estate GIS system
  • Supporting the Head Forester and Assistant Head Forester in day to day forest management activities when required.


Key Knowledge, Skills and Experience



  • A very good understanding of Forestry and Woodland management principles.
  • Experience in writing Forest Management Plans
  • Recent experience in applying for and managing Countryside Stewardship Schemes.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of GIS systems.
  • A Full UK driving licence



  • Qualified to Degree level or equivalent in Forestry or Woodland Management
  • Experience of tree safety management including relevant inspection qualification



  • Enhanced Pension
  • The Cowdray Estate offers a comprehensive wellbeing programme
  • Discount card for our award winning Farm Shop and Café
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Calendar of social events to be enjoyed throughout the year


This is a full-time position, offered as a two year fixed term contract. 


If you have any questions about the role or wish to apply, please contact Harriet.connolly@Cowdray.co.uk



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