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Natural England

Seasonal Woodland Restoration Worker

LIFE in the Ravines (winter season 2021/2022)
Staff Framework level – Civil Service Support Advisor Grade AO (£19,007 pa pro rata)

Natural England are seeking highly motivated individuals with a real passion for nature conservation to help support a 5-year LIFE in the Ravines project, working across nearly 900 hectares of internationally important woodland sites within the Peak District.

Job description

We are looking for several suitable candidates to help us deliver our winter woodland work programme. We are looking for individuals who are not necessarily qualified in all aspects of the role but a positive attitude and the ability to consistently demonstrate initiative and safe working practices is a must.

Carrying out tasks with the project team and alongside contractors/partners, this role will require a high level of practical aptitude, in addition to excellent teamwork and communication skills. To help deliver the aims of the project you will need to be physically fit and be able to operate safely and effectively in remote locations, as day-to-day tasks will be conducted on steep challenging terrain and require working outside in all weather conditions.

You will need to have knowledge and experience in the safe use of tools associated with delivering practical woodland management. A tree felling qualification would be advantageous but is not essential as other tasks will include:

  • tree planting and aftercare
  • Carrying out tool maintenance, repairs, checks and record keeping
  • Measuring and marking-up of felling coupes and work areas
  • logistical problem solving to enable access to work sites with materials.
  • Contributing towards Health and Safety management of the project, through risk assessments

Mandatory requirements

  • An understanding of trees and woodland ecology
  • A valid First Aid qualification
  • A full UK Driving Licence


  • Chainsaw qualification for small tree felling (eg NPTC CS31 or equivalent)
  • Tree Planting and aftercare
  • A First Aid at Work with +F qualification.

Contracts for both roles can be made flexible to accommodate both part-time and full-time workers. Contracts will be offered on a fixed term basis until end March 2022. Flexible working patterns will generally be accommodated unless stated otherwise.

On taking up this post, the post holder will be required to sign a letter allowing Natural England to use their payroll information and request copies of payslips for project claims and audits.

Job contact: Dan Pilkington – LIFE in the Ravines Project 07920415526

Closing Date: 26/11/2021  Location: Peak District

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