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Job Vacancy:   Lead Forestry Operative

December 2023

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Location - various locations throughout Fife

36 hours per week – Monday to Friday


Closing date - Friday 19th January 2024

RSS Countryside Management Ltd. are a not-for-profit sharing contracting company working in Fife and beyond.


Based at Ravenscraig Park in Kirkcaldy, RSS Countryside Management Ltd. are an ambitious organisation that are keen to grow and develop its business. As a result, we are seeking to grow our team and engage an experienced Forestry Operative to work within our contracting business.


Through our contracting business, we currently provide forestry and estate maintenance activities across Fife and beyond working with public sector and private customers.




  • General forestry and arboricultural work within a variety of setting.

  • The operation of associated machinery such as tractors, winches and chippers.

  • Deal with customers in both the public and private sector and therefore good communication skills are essential.

  • Undertaking wider estate maintenance activities as directed.

  • Work with minimal supervision as part of a small team.

  • To work safely and to prepare appropriate risk assessments.



The post is full time and permanent based on successful completion of 6 months probationary period. It is also based on a 36-hour working week, although some flexibility may be required depending on specific projects and workload.


The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary of £13 per hour, access to the company pension scheme and 35 days leave per annum. As a training organisation, we are committed to providing opportunities for the development of all staff.


What experience do I need to have to apply?


Skills and Qualifications:-

CS30 and CS31 Chainsaw Ticket

Ability to use Microsoft based computer packages.

Full clean driving licence

Emergency First Aid +F Certificate

Specialist Knowledge & Skills:-

Experience of preparing and working to Risk Assessments

Interpersonal & Communication Skills:-

A passion for working in the land-based sector.

Excellent decision-making skills.

Ability to communicate with a wide range of customers.

Ability to work as part of a team



A minimum of 12 months experience working in a similar role


Skills & Qualifications:-

Aerial Rescue and Climbing tickets

NPTC Qualifications in windblow and large trees

Basic tree inspection

PA1&6 Certification

Plant operating qualifications

Additional Requirements

The ability to be flexible and adaptable as the organisation develops

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to


Bluther Wetland works complete

May 2021

RSS Countryside Management have recently completed work at Bluther Wetland, near Blairhall, Fife.  We carried out the works on behalf of Fife Council. We have removed Willow encroachment on the wetland, planted 180 native trees and put up 80 bird boxes, 20 bat boxes and 1 owl box around the site.  

"We were delighted to receive a competitive quotation from RSS Countryside Management Ltd for tree planting, willow management and installation of bird and bat boxes as part of a wetland restoration project. They were keen, excellent communicators to ensure they met our requirements, and got the work completed quickly and professionally. It was added value to know that we supported training of young people in the rural sector by appointing RSS Countryside Management Ltd."

Fife Council Biodiversity Officer

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RSS Countryside Management Ltd. starts

January 2021

Welcome to the RSS Countryside Management Ltd. website, we will use this site to give information about what we are doing and jobs that we have to advertise. 

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