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A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over the functions previously carried out by Forestry Commission Wales.
For a limited period some of Natural Resources Wales online services will continue to be provided on this website.

Work Experience Placements

New Forest volunteer conducting a GPS survey of recreation useage in the New Forest. New Forest Forest ParkForestry Commission Wales offers a variety of work experience placements across Wales. A limited number are available each year which are offered to young people in full-time education.

All of our Work Experience Placements are Forestry based and include elements of our varied work, such as:

  • Recreation
  • Harvesting and Marketing
  • Silviculture Operations
  • Education
  • Community
  • Civil Engineering
  • Conservation
  • Policy and Administration
  • Renewable Energy

You can find out more by reading a Press Release.

How to Apply

Our Placements follow a formal procedure with written agreement required before a work programme is developed. A host and mentor are designated for each placement.

If you would like to apply please complete the Application Form and return to  

Natural Resources Wales are no longer accepting work experience applications for the summer of 2014 as all placements have been allocated.  
Applications for placements to be taken from September 2014 will be considered from 01.06.14. Please do not apply until after this date.

Not in full-time education?


Formal apprenticeships are currently available through Forestry Commission England and Scotland.

Forestry Commission Wales is not currently offering apprenticeship opportunities. Please contact Careers Wales or LANTRA, the sector skills council for trees and timber.

Forestry and woodland contractors in Wales may be offering apprenticeship opportunities – Forestry Commission Wales encourages this through our Long Term Harvesting Contracts. You will need to contact the individual contractors for these opportunities.


If you are not in full-time education but would still like to learn about the work of Forestry Commission Wales, we sometimes have volunteering opportunities available. For more information about volunteering please contact Richard Davies

What's of interest

“Placement was excellent – really enjoyable and informative!” Morgan Dafydd, Age 21, July 2012

“I have much better understanding of how forests are looked after and the work entailed.” Adam Smith, Age 17, August 2011

Skilful driving and tree selection help ensure that the natural regenerating successor trees are undamaged in the felling operation - John Deere 1270d Clocaenog Forest

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