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Frequently Asked Questions

If the answer to your query is not listed below please email us.

Do I need to have a specialised forestry, or environmental degree to apply for the GDP?

No.  The GDP is open to students from all academic backgrounds as long as you have a 2:1 degree or higher.

Can I apply with a 2:2 or an equivalent Masters qualification?

No.  Due to the popularity of the programme we have to be strict in asking for an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or above.  You cannot apply if you only have a Masters qualification. 

Can I apply if I don’t have a UK driving licence?

As long as you will hold a full driving licence, which enables you to drive in the UK by the time you take up the post.  Please tell us on your application form that you are working towards attaining your driver’s licence.

The duties of this post require frequent travel including to remote areas so applicants need to have a full driving licence that enables them to drive in the UK.  However, we are willing to consider any proposals put forward that would allow you to do the job by other means. 

Is there an age limit for candidates applying for the programme?

No.  There is no age limit for candidates.  You can apply no matter what stage of your career you are at as long as you meet the essential requirements of a 2:1 degree or higher, and hold a full driving licence that allows you to drive in the UK.

Is the Forestry Commission an equal opportunities employer?

Yes. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all sectors of the community, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, religion, sexuality and transgender.

What is the recruitment process?

  • A 10-minute ‘show us your x-factor’ interview.  This allows the panel to get to know each candidate’s personality as well as the skills they could bring to the GDP.
  • An assessment centre, which consists of a series of tests which include psychometric, team work, numeric and literacy tests. 
  • A final interview and presentation to a panel of our senior managers.

How many graduates do you take on each year?

We take on up to 3 graduates depending on our needs.

How are the ‘show us your X-Factor’ interview slots allocated?

Interviews are allocated on a first come, first serve basis, so to give yourself the best chance of a slot, be sure to send you application at 9.00 on the day applications open.

Can I send my application in early?

No.  Applications will only be accepted after 9.00 the day applications open.  Early applications will not be kept for consideration.

When is the programme likely to commence?

The programme commences around the start of August each year.

Can non-UK citizens apply?

Yes.  Please see the ‘Who Can Apply’ section of the website’ for the relevant information.

Why does the programme require spending time at 3-4 relocations?

Spending time in the different parts of the organisation is not only about learning skills and developing forestry knowledge, but experiencing the different organisational cultures and challenges that at GB organisation with devolved responsibilities creates. 

Do I receive any financial help in relocating?

Yes.  Although not for your first move which you are expected to make the independently. Thereafter, you will receive financial assistance for moves.

What happens to me after the 3-year programme? What are the career prospects like in the Forestry Commission?

Very good.  At the start of your 3rd year in the programme you can start applying for permanent internal jobs.  This could be managing anything from new woodlands, recreation sites, HR, finance – the choice is yours!

Will another GDP run? 

Due to the current financial climate we cannot guarantee that there will be an intake of graduates next year. Keep an eye on this section of our website, as it will be updated as soon as the status of the programme has been established. 

Last updated: 15th December 2015