Gatsby Africa Forestry Technician (Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme) Job Vacancy

Gatsby Africa
Forestry Technician – Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme

Location: West Rift, East Rift and Coast

Closing date: 17th October, 2016

Are you a mature professional with practical forestry skills, open to joining an innovative start up commercial forestry programme?

Do you enjoy working in the field, interacting with farmers, forestry staff and out growers?

Could you deliver field based training on forestry skills?
Kenya faces a serious and worsening wood supply deficit: high rates of urbanisation and growth are driving increased demand, while supply is projected to stagnate or fall. 
Gatsby Africa is developing a commercial forestry sector development programme to tackle this high-level supply challenge in a manner aligned with market requirements. 
The Kenya Commercial Forestry Programme (KCFP) aims to build on market dynamics to deliver opportunities for inclusive economic growth and long-term competitiveness of the sector.

The programme is recruiting for three Forest Technicians to join a professional, multi-functional team that will work with a mix of private and public commercial forestry organisations. 
The role will focus on: supervision and delivery of practical modules featuring amongst other areas; seed selection and nursery production, correct planting of tree seedlings, weeding and agrochemical application, plantation thinning and harvesting. 
In addition, a key responsibility will be to ensure proper maintenance of forestry hand tools and vehicles, and providing safe driving services to support field based activities.

The role requires a structured and organized individual with a strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills to deliver training and feedback sessions and review work standards.

With the ability to pass on skills and knowledge to subordinates, the ideal candidate will be physically fit and able to work independently and collaboratively with external and internal stakeholders. 
The candidate will have demonstrable experience in developing high quality training materials on forestry production techniques.

With a minimum of a Diploma or Certificate in Forestry from the Kenya Forestry College, the successful candidate will have three years’ progressive relevant forestry experience ideally within a commercial business environment dealing with practical day to day production issues.

A valid Kenyan Driving license will be an essential requirement.

To apply for the post please submit your CV and cover letter to

The detailed job description can be found on our website
Applications are welcome until the deadline of midnight 17th October, 2016.

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