Forest Manager - International Recruitment

The UK Government has committed to a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, resulting in an increasing interest and support for existing forestry and new woodland creation. Due to this our work programmes have increased significantly and therefore Scottish Woodlands is seeking to engage with enthusiastic professionals with a passion for Forestry Management, who can offer a fresh and visionary way of thinking, for key positions within the organisation. These are exciting opportunities to join our progressive teams, servicing existing clients and our expanding business and to play a key role in shaping the future of forestry in the UK.

Scotland is notorious for its wild and dramatic scenery and stunning landscapes which harbour many awe-inspiring natural features. While working at Scottish Woodlands you would have the opportunity to experience these features daily as well as become emersed in our renowned friendly and hospitable culture. We have various positions based in our busy Dumfries Office in the South West of Scotland.

Skills and Experience

As a key member of a high-performing team, operating in a competitive, commercial environment, you will be collaborating with other managers, demonstrating excellent communication and organisation skills, together with the ability to identify, analyse and solve technical problems. Experience of working with contractors, project management and health & safety are all highly desirable. A Forest Manager role within Scottish Woodlands offers fast paced, varied, and extremely rewarding work, located in beautiful Dumfriesshire, the South West of Scotland, our managers will typically work in a flexible and healthy work environment, working for an employer who wants to see them thrive and develop as individuals within the operational team.

Ideally candidates will have 3-6 years hands-on, practical forestry management experience and have relevant qualifications. This is preferred but not essential if candidates can demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience. Appropriate training will be provided across a range of topics for the right candidate. These positions may also suit someone with an environmental, geography, agricultural or rural surveying background who wish to enter the forestry sector. We are looking for people with professional acumen who are commercially aware and have a sound understanding of the rural sector.

Job Role

These roles offer an excellent balance of practical outdoor work with office-based duties and will involve: 

  • Surveying and strategic planning of new and established woodlands
  • Site monitoring and supervision, including management of contractors, for a variety of work tasks including fencing, cultivation, tree planting, vegetation management and timber harvesting.
  • Compliance with Health & Safety Regulations and other legislation relevant to forestry operations
  • Preparation of forest plans and grant applications and other related permissions
  • Identifying and developing new woodland creation projects from concept design through to establishment
  • Use of GIS mapping systems
  • Developing and managing budgets
  • Producing client reports and attending client meetings.

Applicants will require a UK recognised driving licence for the role. Please note, some non-UK licence holders may need to apply for a UK driver’s license via the DVLA.

Benefits Package

Scottish Woodlands offers an attractive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience, this includes:

  • competitive salary – (salary scale up to £45k GBP)
  • company vehicle
  • company pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • life assurance
  • private medical insurance, with the option to include your family members
  • group income protection
  • performance bonus scheme
  • employee assistance programme
  • corporate clothing scheme
  • generous holidays and company sick pay scheme

You will also have the unique opportunity for equity participation through a subsidised share purchase scheme. The company has a unique structure and is 80% owned by staff.

Applicants will also be given excellent personal and career development opportunities and will be part of a highly professional and motivated team. For more information on working with Scottish Woodlands or for details of the information we collect during the recruitment process, please see our Job Applicant Privacy Notice.

Relocation and Visa Sponsorship

Relocating across the world can be a challenging and difficult decision to make. However Scottish Woodlands has experience in supporting individuals from overseas to make these moves as straightforward as possible. Scottish Woodlands operates a Buddy Scheme/Mentor for those transitioning to ensure individuals feel supported and integrated into the Company. We are a registered sponsor for Immigration Visa’s and can provide Certificates of Sponsorship for the right candidates. Please note, applicants will need a full, valid passport whilst going through the Visa application process. Specific relocation expenses will be discussed with applicants if a successful offer of employment is made.

Application Process

If you want to be part of one of the UK’s leading Forestry Companies, leading development within the sector where you can grow your career in this thriving industry, then we want to hear from you.

Applications are made through our online applicant tracking system. Click HERE to apply.  

Please note as part of the application process, you will be required to upload a Cover Letter and CV, as well as any relevant qualification certificates.

Successful applicants will be contacted to participate in our phase-two selection process which will consist of video interviews.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact