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Deputy Head of Forestry


The Family Office Forestry and Conservation Team (FACT) manage Grosvenor Estate’s 2,600 hectares of forestry and parkland whilst also taking responsibility for farm and field trees across another 55,000 hectares. FACT is a multidiscipline team undertaking forestry, arboriculture and landscape management in addition to running a biomass and firewood business, with a sawmilling and timber processing business on its way.


We are currently recruiting a Deputy Head of Forestry (DHoF) based at our Abbeystead Estate in Lancashire. The role will report directly to the Head of Forestry (HoF) and will include the management of a team of two Foresters based at the Abbeystead Estate.


The main purpose of the role will be to manage the day-to-day operational aspects of woodland management at Abbeystead Estate. This will include managing the two Foresters to provide good quality leadership whilst setting clear and high standards of work. This aspect of the role requires a candidate who understands forestry practice and has an aptitude for operating forestry machinery – chainsaws, forwarders and excavators (harvesters).


Once the successful candidate has demonstrated their ability to run the forestry operation at Abbeystead in a professional and efficient manner – working to the highest standards and delivering what is required on time; the role will evolve and broaden to assist the Head of Forestry with cross estate, strategic objectives. This work will include assisting with management of forestry at Reay Forest Estate, Sutherland and management of third party woodlands. Typical tasks will be contract administration and supervision, grant applications, environmental permissions and management plan work.


It is important that the candidate passionately believes in the role of timber and forestry in delivering a low carbon and sustainable future where trees and timber are used for energy, construction, climate change mitigation and the delivery of eco-services. The sustainable management of woodland and timber harvesting is an important part of Grosvenor’s strategy.


The successful candidate will be given high quality support and investment to develop their career. This will include mentoring from the HoF, formal and informal forestry and management training combined with development opportunities. Therefore, candidates must be ambitious in their aspirations to, with the coaching and support of the Head of Forestry, grow and develop in their position at the Estate.


The role will be predominately based at Abbeystead Estate; however, there will be the requirement for frequent travel to both Reay Forest Estate in Sutherland and the Eaton Estate in Cheshire.


The role will attract a competitive salary and benefits package.


Applications to recruitment.eeo@grosvenor.com with a cv and covering letter.




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