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Access & Recreation Development Officer

£28,040 - £31,680 pro-rata, (part-time 2.5 days a week)
Fixed-term contract until 31 March 2020

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help us develop access, recreation and outdoor physical activity in The National Forest?

The National Forest Company champions the vision for The National Forest, taking it from a leap of faith as new trees were planted in the 1990s, through to the nurturing of young woodlands in the 2000s and the success story we see today; with a restored forest landscape, an emerging visitor destination and the active support of local communities. However, there is so much more to do.

We’re seeking a talented Access & Recreation Development Officer to take a leading role in driving forward the management of the access/recreation resource of the Forest, development of new opportunities for outdoor physical activity and co-ordination of our team of National Forest Way volunteer rangers.

As a multi-skilled professional, you’ll be equally at home inspiring your colleagues, collaborating with partner organisations, exploring development opportunities and representing the Forest in the national recreation and outdoor activity environment. You will also be an innovator with first-class communication and partnership working skills. Above all, you will share our passion for The National Forest, be motivated to create a real difference for future generations and be inspired by the opportunity to make your mark with a national exemplar of sustainability.

Deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 19th July 2017

Interviews to be held on 31 July 2017

To find our more and how to apply please download the information pack using the link below:


Training Opportunities

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) run a range of courses in practical environmental skills throughout the year (e.g. hedgelaying, coppicing, woodland management and dry stone walling). Contact them on 01283 223327 or 0116 2710178 for further details


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26 May 2017

Forest Holidays supports The National Forest

The National Forest Company was delighted to receive a cheque for £17,190, presented as a charitable donation by Moira-based Forest Holidays at a recent event to mark the first anniversary of the two companies working together.

21 Mar 2017

Bluebell Business Blooms as Part of 'Forest Life'

Lodge Hill Bluebells, formerly the Bluebell Woods at Yoxall Lodge, opens in April and will offer bluebell walking trails through 20 acres of mature woodland, a pop-up café, lawn games and plenty of space for families to enjoy time together. It’s the latest business to sign up to The National Forest’s ‘forestlife’ campaign.

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Quality Bushcraft courses for families, schools, outdoor professionals and businesses from one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft in the UK.

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Greenwood Days

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One of the countries leading centres for teaching traditional hand crafts. In our woodland workshop we run 1-7 day courses, family days, parties, school visits, team-building activities and more.

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17 Jan 2017

Help Shape the Future of Leicestershire's Volcano

Charnwood Forest Regional Park, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10 Jan 2017

All's well that ends well...

As we all start the year planning our big - and smaller - adventures for 2017, enjoy this blog from a couple of the National Forest Way rangers. Maxine and Chris improvise their way through a field of cows: they know how it should be done, but we read how they actually manage, with hilarious results. Overall, a message about being wary enough but not letting it stop you having a good walk. Happy walking this year, everyone!

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