You will work in an operational forestry environment (and at managerial level, too) so you will need to quickly learn a wide range of forestry terms, skills and knowledge that will help you manage tasks from fencing, planting and felling operations to community consultations and staff management.
You could be working outdoors for around 40 - 60% of your time. However there will also be periods that are more indoor based and involve managing small to medium sized projects effectively and efficiently in a supervised situation to ensure we deliver in time and on budget. You could be involved in writing a policy document on a subject such as climate change, pests and diseases, sustainable forest management or community development.
Experiences of past Graduates on the programme.
Follow one of our current graduate's experiences: Ruth Wilson's blog
We had 3 places on the 2014/2015 Graduate Development Programme; one based in England and two based in Scotland. Depending on the country you are appointed to, all of your placements will be in either England or Scotland.
If you have a disability, health condition and/or caring responsibilities we can try to accommodate these but, on the whole, we ask our graduates to be willing to be flexible to meet business needs and give you access to the most interesting and challenging assignments.
For your first move, you will be expected to find accommodation and move your belongings at your own expense. However if you have particular trouble finding suitable accommodation which can be the case in more rural and remote areas, we will try to provide local knowledge/support to help source suitable rental accommodation.
For any subsequent move, you will be supported by the Forestry Commission.
Training and Development
You will be supported from the day you start the programme with an induction period which will help you find your feet. You will also be given a senior mentor and have access to a variety of personal development opportunities.
These are some of the things our graduates have done:-
• Project Management Training and Exam (Accredited Project Manager (APM)
• Attended our in-house Management Development Programme (5 modules)
• Received 360 degree feedback after each placement
• Worked with a coach on personal challenges
• Shared experiences and gained knowledge from a senior mentor
• Joined the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) or other relevant institutes
• Developed a network of contacts across the organisation
• Joined steering/working groups