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Woodland Trust

Site Manager – Smithills

Region: North/Bolton
Full Time, Permanent


The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We want to see a world where trees and woods thrive for people and nature. The Trust engages and inspires people to make their difference tackling the nature and climate crisis helping protect, restore and create our vital woods and trees.


We’re looking for a Site Manager to join the North West regional estate team to manage our Smithills Estate in line with the Trusts land management policies and standards ensuring the safety of our visitors, contractors and volunteers. All our woods are Forest Stewardship Council certified, and for many supporters, our woodland estate is the local window to the work of the Woodland Trust where we demonstrate what we can achieve to manage woods and trees for people and nature.

The 1700 acre estate ranges from lowland grazing through agricultural land, wooded cloughs to upland bogs and moorland. Special habitats on site include the West Pennine Moors SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), ancient semi-natural woodland, and heathland habitats. Woodland Creation has been a significant focus since The Woodland Trust took ownership with 130000 trees being planted since 2018.

The role will also support the wider Smithills team with engagement, events, social enterprise tasks and managing volunteers. Smithills is a significant site for people, access to nature and well-being, you will be a local advocate of the work of the Woodland Trust, demonstrating woodland management for nature and people, whilst engaging volunteers and neighbouring landowners.


With previous experience in land-based management in the forestry, woodland management, or nature conservation sector, you’ll have a track record of managing sites for nature and people, budget and contract management, successful partnership working and Health and Safety management.

You will have great communication skills, be commercially aware and be able to work positively with partners, tenants, neighbours, volunteers, and members of the public. A full driving licence is a must have, along with the ability to undertake travel across the Smithills Estate and wider NW region for team meetings.


There’s no other organisation like the Woodland Trust. Joining the team you will be making your contribution to tackling the nature and climate crisis. In return, we recognise and value our people. You'll have our full support, training, and opportunities for professional development, along with a contributory pension, life assurance, good holiday allowance and the opportunity to work flexibly from home.


At the Woodland Trust, we want to reflect and represent the full richness of diversity in the UK. Fewer of our employees are Black, Asian or minority ethnic; disabled; from lower socio-economic backgrounds or under 25; so we are particularly keen to receive your application if you are from one or more of these groups. We can also discuss anything you may need to achieve your full potential at any stage of the process. We assess your application solely on your demonstrated suitability for the job. Nothing else.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications. If you are interested, we'd encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

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Closing Date: 11/06/2023  Location: North/Bolton

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