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Harewood Estate

Estate Forester


The Harewood Estate spans some 4000 acres and lies nestled between Leeds and Harrogate, set in the sweeping Yorkshire landscape designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 250 years ago. The Estate has a diverse range of business interests including commercial units, residential properties, holiday cottages, arable and livestock farming, forestry, renewable energy generation, food production and hospitality. We are constantly working to protect our past while staying relevant for the future.

The Estate is about to embark on a major 10-year landscape and heritage restoration and regeneration project (probably the biggest intervention since Brown’s time), which will restore damaged and degraded historic structures, ecosystems and natural processes, create new habitats, encourage greater biodiversity and enhance natural capital functions. These works will see the restoration of historic landscape features, planting of over 17,000 trees, creation of 70 hectares of wildflower meadow and 250 hectares of wood pasture parkland and new livestock facilities and grazing regimes.

The ambitious project has been made possible via funding from a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme and the Estate is now looking to fill a number of roles needed to deliver the first two years of work. We are looking for self-motivated, inspiring, skilled and dedicated people with a passion for the environment, conservation and the outdoors, who want to play a part in initiatives that find solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises that result in improved landscapes for future generations.

Role Profile

  • Assisting in the delivery of our 10 year Woodland Management Plan while ensuring a light touch approach where needed to protect our Ancient Woodland sites and veteran trees and enhance their biodiversity and amenity values
  • Assess tree health and safety risk management via surveys along public rights of way, highways and tracks
  • Deliver and lead elements of the Estate’s forestry plan including the clearing of fallen trees, selective timber extraction, firewood processing and safety works
  • In-house woodland compartment thinning and maintenance, including guard maintenance and removal, pruning, tree planting and re-stocking
  • Invasive species removal and pest management
  • Boundary management, including fence repairs and maintenance, scrub clearance along ha-ha, gate repairs and hedgerow management.
  • Survey and data entry for ancient and veteran trees
  • To operate and maintain forestry machinery with proper regard to safety regulations in accordance with health & safety procedures Involvement in other land management projects to gain an understanding of all elements of work required on a diversified estate.
  • Supervise forestry assistant and provide support in their learning and development

Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience in a similar role of forestry and woodland management
  • Experience with forestry and farm machinery and equipment
  • Full, clean driving licence with experience of driving farm vehicles including trucks and quad bikes
  • Possess the appropriate qualifications through formal training to operate a range of forestry and farm machinery and attachments
  • Self-motivated and able to manage your own time to deadlines
  • Strong problem solving skills and the focus to see the solutions to completion
  • Experience of adhering to health and safety and risk assessment requirements
  • Works well with a team in order to complete large scale projects
  • Experience of junior staff, apprentices or work placements management is desirable but not essential

What We Offer

  • Competitive salary of £25,000 - £28,000 depending on experience
  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounts and benefits with selected Harewood businesses and retail
  • The opportunity to develop within the role via formal training and on the job learning
  • There will be some weekend working so we have a TOIL system in operation or there is the opportunity for overtime where agreed in advance
  • The role is offered on a 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension depending on opportunities and funding at the end of this time

To apply please send a cover letter along with your CV to by 30th November. Interviews will take place in December with a view to commencing the role in early 2023.

Closing Date: 30/11/2022  Location: Harewood, Leeds

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