skills and knowledge required
knowledge to forestry processes
knowledge of wood and forest products and product development
knowledge of the RMA and other relevant legislation
knowledge of environmental protection methods
knowledge of forest fire protection and safety methods
good planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.
good communication skills to deal with a variety of people.
management and budgeting skills.
service roles such as customer sales and marketing, mechanical technician, and instrument technician
management roles such as crew supervisor, operations supervisor, forest information manager and site manager
science roles such as research worker, glue technician, and process technician.
working roles such as silviculture worker, timber filleter, timber grader, saw doctor, sawmill operator, kiln operator, log yard operator, and floater
business roles such as forestry consultant, office worker, planning analyst, and business advisor
responsible and alert.
adapts well to change
work hours and days depends on the type of forestry job (for example, some may start at 5am to travel to a site, not getting home until 7pm
mill workers have restored hours, usually 8 hours per day
many of the previously physically demanding jobs have been taken over by mechanical equipment operated by computers.
range of jobs means there is the option for working indoors or out (for example, forestry harvesting contractors mainly work in rural or isolated areas, in all weather conditions).
training pathways to gain the skills and knowledge required
tertiary degrees in forestry - gained through universities
short courses on various forestry topics - offerd by education providers
national diplomas in forestry - gained through universities
national certificates in forestry, wood manufacturing or furniture making - gained in the workplace (through FITEC or other education providers .