Forest Operations/Land Management Higher Education Placement x 4

Closing date: 31 January 2022 | Salary: £19,858 | Location: Mid South - Llandovery/ Aberystwyth, South East - Abergavenny/Monmouth 


Despite the current situation with regards COVID19 -  recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams

Job Summary

Job Title

Forest Operations / Land Management Higher Education Placement x 4

Post Number

Mid South - 202361

Mid South - 202546

South East - 202700

South East - 202699


2, £19,858 rising to £22,557 over four years


Flexible within place, however, for office locations:




Forest Operations - 202361, 202546, 202700

Land Management - 202699

Reports to

Team Leader

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

Desirable Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements specified i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Contract type

Fixed Term (Monday 5 September 2022 to Friday 25 August 2023)

Work pattern

37 hours per week (Monday to Friday)


Application information

Application closing date

31 January 2022

Interview to take place on and where

Approximately, week commencing 14 February 2022 - due to the current situation with regards COVID19, recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to

If you have any queries, contact

Michael Cresswell

0300 065 4723 / 07584 556 885

Job Context

We are proud to announce that for a third year NRW will be hosting 4 paid placement opportunities starting in September 2022. These are specifically for students undertaking a mid-year placement whilst participating in a forestry or land management undergraduate qualification from a higher educational institution.

If successful, you could be appointed to either of the regions. As a result, you could end up working in south east Wales which covers the beautiful Wye Valley, or in mid Wales which covers from Aberystwyth to Abergavenny across the Cambrian Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park. Regardless which team you join, this opportunity provides the ability to work alongside our professional teams responsible for managing the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and National Nature Reserves. This placement will expose you to a diverse range of opportunities and land management practices. This could range from harvesting and establishment operations, legal land liability inspections through to ancient monument restoration or specific species management on a nature reserve.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm and passion for forestry and land management who can demonstrate drive to learn and deliver their work whilst working alongside our teams and wider customers and contractors.

Other information relevant to the job:

Full UK driving licence (essential)

You must be currently undertaking an undergraduate degree in either a forestry or land management discipline from a higher education institution. Your undergraduate degree must require a mid-year placement (essential)

Applying for this post

The following categories will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential knowledge and skills
  • Evaluation of information
  • Decision making and autonomy requirements
  • Impact
  • Communication and relationships with others


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrates the ability and willingness to attain NVQ Level 2 within 1 – 2 years of appointment. 
  • Previous relevant practical experience is desirable, but not essential; gained through an apprenticeship or similar work in another environment.
  • Reasonable literacy, numerical and communication skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • Ability to record work activities accurately.
  • Ability to follow H&S instructions and understand risk, is essential.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • Demonstrates the ability to follow an agreed work plan and undertake basic prioritising of tasks.
  • The post holder may be alone on site and will need to make routine decisions appropriate to the role, deciding when to escalate issues to a supervisor.
  • Post holders will have a duty of care to themselves and others.


  • The work will generally be within a specific area, with some aspects having the potential, if carried out incorrectly, to impact on the team, people and property.
  • The impact would be known fairly immediately and could be rectified and addressed quickly without any longer-term issues arising.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • Able to communicate with colleagues and with the general public and third parties, providing information, asking questions or answering basic queries, politely and courteously.
  • Ability to complete basic written documents and records that may need to be reviewed and signed off by others.


#TeamNRW Values

  • We are passionate about the natural environment of Wales
  • We care for each other and the people we work with
  • We act with integrity
  • We make a difference now and for the future
  • We are proud to serve the people of Wales​​​​​


Role Description

Job Purpose:

This is a mid-year placement role for someone who is currently undertaking a higher education qualification, such as an undergraduate qualification in forestry or land management from a higher educational institution.

Under the direction of the line manager, you will support the delivery of programmes within at least one of the following disciplines (dependant on the scale of geographic programmes):

Forest operations; assist with the delivery of operational planning and management including; forest and conservation inventory collection, GIS data collection, monitoring and reporting to ensure statutory compliance.

Land management; monitor the implementation of planned programmes of work, in addition to undertaking landowner liability surveys. Assist with the delivery of the recreational and land management work programmes.

You will work closely with and get direction from the Forest Operations/Land Management Technical Supports, Officers, Senior Officers and Team Leader.

Key Job Accountabilities:

You will:

  • Support delivery of work plans, created by the team, which contributes towards the delivery of business plans.
  • Assist with monitoring survey work and data collection.
  • Maintain records and information in line with regulations/legislation and agreed standards.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Participate in external meetings with other members of the team.
  • Interact with peers in NRW to understand and team delivery.
  • Contribute towards the teams delegated responsibility for delivery of work programmes.
  • Other work as directed by the line manager.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

You will have:

  1. Currently undertaking an undergraduate degree in either a forestry or land management discipline from a higher education institution. Your undergraduate degree must require a mid-year placement (essential).
  2. A good understanding of working in land and forestry management disciplines, including sustainable forest management.
  3. Good communication and inter-personal skills with a customer focus. Ability to build effective working relationship with colleagues and partners.
  4. Good ICT skills (essential).
  5. Full UK driving licence (essential).

What you will do

You will undertake a range of technical and practical tasks and activities that involves the maintenance of assets.

You will follow an agreed work plan set either by NRW or a service provider.

You will carry out work in line with agreed instructions ensuring compliance with health and safety requirements and legislation.

You will be responsible for the health and safety of others in your team, as well as members of the public or other individuals you interact with through your work.

You will maintain accurate records of work activity and complete documentation in line with any statutory requirements.

You will undertake work that will involve a range of physical activity, for example lifting, carrying, climbing etc.

You will be responsible for the safe use and keeping of tools and equipment required to undertake your role, which may include vehicles and large machinery.

Who you will be working with

You will work with colleagues from your team who are undertaking similar work but will also work alone out in the field.

You will interact with members of the general public in the course of your work as well as individuals from other organisations, dealing with basic questions and queries.

Where you will be working

You will work on different sites which will include working outdoors and which will most likely involve working in some unpleasant environments and potentially with some hazardous conditions, for which the appropriate training and PPE will be provided.

You will travel to and work at different sites and NRW offices.

What knowledge and skills you need

You will have completed an approved apprenticeship in your discipline or have gained some practical work experience.

You will have attained a Level 2 Certificate in the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales or will have the aptitude to attain this within two years of appointment.

You will have undertaken the relevant statutory training certificates or operator licences or will be willing and able to attain such certificates with appropriate training.

You will be willing to undertake relevant training to ensure compliance with statutory regulations.

You will have sufficient literacy and numeracy skills to enable the completion of documentation and work records.

You will have reasonable communication skills to enable you to interact with members of the public whilst out in the field and communicate with others within your team and function.

You will be self-motivated and able to work alone, when required, with the ability and judgment to know when to seek guidance and advice.

What other information is relevant to your job

You will realise your contribution by applying the principles of SMNR to your work; in how you think, plan and deliver activities.

You will be expected to work with teams and individuals from across NRW, sharing your expertise and insight to solve complex problems. You will support collaborative working with partners and sector organisations, focussing on shared priorities.

You are responsible for complying with the policies, procedures and processes that relate to your role.

You are responsible for ensuring that all financial transactions undertaken by yourself represent value for money and meet the requirements of the organisation.

NRW is a Category 1 responder under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004), and this means we have a duty to work with partners to prepare for and respond to emergencies and incidents covered by the Act.  All staff may be required to undertake activities, at a level commensurate with the skills and experience required by their role, to assist in ensuring this duty is undertaken.

This role description sets out a broad indication of the role, where it sits within the overall NRW structure and indicative expectations of the post holder. It is not intended to provide a detailed description of all tasks and activities. This document should be read in conjunction with the job specific Personal Development Plan which sets out the specific activities and projects to be delivered during the year.

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.



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