Forestry

Updated: Jun 26


Forestry involves much more than growing and harvesting plantation forests. People of all ages and abilities will find great careers in forestry – planting and managing native and exotic forests, looking after the forest environment, managing people and resources, working with state-of-the-art technology, and operating multi-million dollar machines and equipment.


Check out forestrycareers.co.nz for information about Getting Started, Lifestyle & Salary, Careers and Training.


careers.govt.nz is also a great source of information on careers in Forestry and Logging.


worktheseasons.co.nz is currently advertising Forestry Planter positions based in Taupo for immediate start


Pay Trainee forestry and logging workers usually earn $40K-$65K per year Qualified forestry and logging workers usually earn $65K-$75K per year Source: NZ Institute of Forestry (NZIF), 'Salary Survey', 2017.

Job Opportunities Chances of getting a job as a forestry and logging worker are good due to strong demand.


Length of training >1 year of training usually required.


What you will do: Forestry and logging workers may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare and maintain the ground surrounding trees

  • plant, prune and thin trees

  • monitor and measure the growth of trees

  • gather aerial data about a tree crop 

  • select and cut down trees

  • use harvesting machinery to drag logs from the bush and remove branches from logs

  • operate loaders to move logs into stacks or to load trucks

  • assess log quality, and cut to size

  • measure and grade logs

  • maintain and repair chainsaws and equipment.

Skills and knowledge: Forestry and logging workers need to have:

  • knowledge of tree and timber types

  • knowledge of tree pruning, felling, cutting and trimming methods

  • knowledge of health and safety requirements in the forest, including first aid skills

  • skill in operating machines and using technology such as drones

  • chainsaw operation skills

  • mechanical skills

  • heavy vehicle handling skills

  • firefighting skills.

Working conditions: Forestry and logging workers:

  • usually work from 6am to 4pm week days, and may work on Saturdays

  • work in forests, bush and scrubland in rural or isolated areas, and may have to travel up to an hour to their workplaces

  • work in all weather conditions, and their working environment may be hazardous and noisy.





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