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Become a Forest School Professional at Ambleford School of Rural Skills

About Ambleford

We are a family run small holding with about 8 acres of land. We run a Forest School on site offering unique facilities and experiences to the children in our care. Our family-run small holding is set is 8 acres of land with exceptional views and surrounding woodland.

As a Forest School Professional with us, you’ll have the unique opportunity to inspire and engage children in a natural wonderland. Picture yourself leading fun-filled activities like den building, mud kitchens, and bug hunting, all while fostering a love for the environment and promoting child-led learning. With our unique facilities and experiences, you’ll have the freedom to create unforgettable moments for the children in our care.

But it’s not all about the kids – we’re looking for individuals who share our passion for what we do and are excited to be a part of our dream. If you’re ready to take on a fulfilling and rewarding role, look no further.

Join us as a Forest School Professional and be a part of something truly special.

About you…

Attention all nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers!

Are you passionate about the great outdoors, have experience or ambition to work with children? Then we are looking for you.

It is essential that you are energetic, fun to be around, practical and reliable. Personality is more important than experience. If there is a forest school leader in you, we will find it.

You must be able to meet the parameters of an advanced DBS check.

Time commitment

At the moment our busy times are mainly school holidays and some weekends. However, if you display talent, we will build sessions around you and how you want to lead a group. In short, we will grow together!

The availability of work is very much ad-hoc but, in most circumstances, there will be plenty of notice.

Our days tend to be from 8.30 am until 3.30pm. Children are generally on site from 9am until 3pm.

Pay and benefits

The amount you will get paid will depend on your experience and level of qualification. For example:

Unqualified Forest School Volunteer – £50 per day
Level 1 Qualified FS Trainee – between £50 & £80 per day
Level 2 Qualified FS Assistant – Between £80 & £100 per day
Level 3 Qualified FS Leader – Between £130 & £150 per day

You will be a self-employed contractor and as such responsible for your own tax, NI and other contributions.


The time it takes to become qualified varies dependant on the level However, don’t worry too much… we are here to help you every step of the way.

We cover the full costs involved in providing you with a recognised qualification. You can also still work with us while you are training.

Level 1 Qualified FS Trainee – (up to 30 hours) This will include 1 unpaid day of training with us and the creation of a small portfolio of evidence. Suitable for ages 16-18.

Level 2 Qualified Forest School Assistant (up to 60 hours) This will include 2 unpaid days of training with is and the creation of a portfolio of evidence. Suitable for those 18 and older.

Level 3 Qualified Forest School Leader (around 12-18 months) This is a highly involved course requiring a significant commitment. You will need to attend 1 weeks initial training days followed by 3 later assessment days. In the meantime you will need to create a complex portfolio of evidence as well as successfully delivering a series of Forest School sessions.

Contact us and let the fun begin!!

Submit a contact form with some basic details and we will come back to you.


Call James on 0772 594 0351