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Mid Year Placement Picture

We are inviting applications from students who are currently studying a forestry discipline for a one year placement for the period of August 2022 to July 2023.

We have up to 10 placements being offered cross Scotland encompassing all of our 5 regions, you’ll be based in one of these regions for your 12 month placement:

Central Region
Central Region covers large urban areas within and surrounding Glasgow and Edinburgh, whilst also taking in the natural beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The region is believed to manage the oldest forest park in Scotland.
East Region
East Region has a diverse land holding encompassing a smaller individual forest unit within a larger more agricultural setting. The geography is challenging covering the area from the firth of Tay to the Moray firth.
North Region
North Region is responsible for the management of a large and diverse land holding from Caithness in the North, Skye in the West and Strathspey in the South. This includes a varied range of terrain from the flow country to part of the Cairngorms National Park and the steep terrain of the North-West Highlands.
South Region
South Region has the largest forested land in Scotland. It covers a diverse forest from the rolling Galloway glens on West Coast to the Tweed Valley on the East Coast.
West Region
West Region has a diverse forest and land structure based on the beautiful North West coast of the country. It has a challenging landscape, from sea to summit.

The placement will provide you with hands-on experience across various aspects of forest management, such as:

  • Harvesting and Marketing (HM): you will be shown the different systems of HM with Direct Production and Standing Sales. Support Foresters and Supervisors in the day to day management of harvesting operations and contract management and you will be involved in the future planning of harvesting sites and the marketing and selling of timber;
  • Forest Management & Stewardship: you will support Foresters and Supervisors in the day to day management of restocking operations, preparing site plans and contract management;
  • Planning & Environment: you will experience the methods and roles required to develop Land Management Plans and assist in the programme management of future forest operations;
  • In all of these areas you’ll learn and develop your experience while undertaking Health and Safety tasks relevant to your work, including appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and preparing and maintaining records for Foresters and team members.

We’re interested in hearing from candidates from all backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from females as they’re currently under-represented in our organisation and the wider forestry sector.

Read testimonial from Justina Pliuskeviciute

I joined Forestry and Land Scotland for my University mid year Forestry placement. I had no previous forestry experience other than what I had learnt on my degree course and I wasn’t too sure what particular area tickled my interest within the industry.

My mentor has been truly amazing and has put together a comprehensive programme to make sure I get a chance to experience every aspect of what the forestry industry is about. I have been working with Harvesting and FM, Planning, Wildlife Rangers, Visitor Services, Civil Engineering and Environmental teams, and I am only five months into my placement! The staff are very dedicated and passionate about forestry professionals, always happy to help and will make sure that you are getting as much experience as possible. What I mostly like about my placement is that I am able to access such a large pool of information and use it to build my future career.

Read testimonial from Jacob Jaeban
I was told when I started my placement with FLS that my time here is what I make it. I have since been given the guidance to carry out a diverse range of tasks within the company, including supervising ongoing harvesting sites, meeting with and building working relationships with outside contractors, as well as being able to learn from experienced colleagues in a relaxed environment with the opportunity to ask many questions as I can come up with. I am trusted to learn and given the responsibility to complete my own tasks and manage my workload, while being able to focus on my personal interests within the FLS estate. There has been more opportunity in the 6 months I have been with FLS than I imagined I would get from my year here.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Candidate Information section.

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Get in touch

If you would like further information or have any questions, please contact:

Kirsty Whitehead, Learning & Development Manager
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