Forestry and Conservation Business Manager
4 July 2017
A diverse and exciting role for a self-motivated, enthusiastic professional who is commercially astute, has strong leadership skills and is an able communicator to a wide section of individuals and organisations.
A minimum of five years’ experience is required, be IT literacy and membership of The Institute of Chartered Foresters or another equivalent professional body is required. You will have knowledge and experience of Health and Safety procedures and best practice, ensuring risk assessments are complete and up to date.
You will have experience of producing and managing budgets and business plans along with experience of managing a successful operation.
Business and management qualifications or training is desirable.
The portfolio of the Forestry and Conservation Business Manager is wide ranging and includes:
- Management and planning of Estate woodlands
- Display Christmas Tree business
- Retail Christmas Tree business
- Elveden Instant Hedging
- Conservation management of Heathland, including Stone Curlew conservation.
- Managing pests and game to minimise crop damage, shooting clients and game contracts.
- Estate upkeep, including gardens and road side verges, and promotion of a safe place.
The role includes the continual development of the woodland management plan, negotiation of the Estate conservation schemes, annual business planning and budgeting and quarterly reporting, staff management and development, management of environmental surveys, approving quotes for Christmas Trees and Hedges along with overseeing the Christmas tree operation, including sourcing trees and negotiating contracts.
Elveden is a 22,500 acre country estate, of which 10,000 acres are farmed, growing 7% of UK onions, over 21,000 tonnes of potatoes along with carrots, parsnips and cereals. There are 8,900 acres of wood and park land, of which 4,500 is managed in house, along with 3,600 acres of Heathland. The Estate has extensive SSSI designated areas and is home to rare flora and fauna along with Stone Curlew during the spring and summer seasons.