Planning Forester - Cowdray Estate Woods Department

Reporting to Head Forester


Job Purpose

To assist in the delivery of the Cowdray Woods Vision – To manage the Estate woodlands productively while enhancing benefits for wildlife and society.

Key Responsibilities

·To assist the Head Forester in developing a long term management plan for the Estate woodlands

·Undertake survey work to ensure sub compartment records are correct and up to date.

·Prepare and submit Countryside Stewardship Applications to the Forestry Commission, based on the programme of operations proposed in the long term plan.

·Assist in the delivery of tree safety management, particularly relating to Ash Dieback.

·Continue to develop and update the Estate GIS system

·Supporting the Head Forester and Assistant Head Forester in day to day forest management activities when required.

Key Knowledge, Skills and Experience


·A very good understanding of Forestry and Woodland management principles.

·Experience in writing Forest Management Plans

·Recent experience in applying for and managing Countryside Stewardship Schemes.

·A good knowledge and understanding of GIS systems.

·A Full UK driving licence


·Qualified to Degree level or equivalent in Forestry or Woodland Management

·Experience of tree safety management including relevant inspection qualification


  • Enhanced Pension
  • The Cowdray Estate offers a comprehensive wellbeing programme
  • Discount card for our award winning Farm Shop and Café
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Calendar of social events to be enjoyed throughout the year

This is a full-time position, offered as a two fixed term contract.

If you have any questions about the role or wish to apply, please contact


None available

Closing date

Not applicable.