Jobs in Forestry

The forest industry, from growing trees to making wood and paper-based products, is responsible for over 158,000 jobs.

But, there is more to working in forestry than simply being a forester. In fact, foresters are only a small proportion of the people employed by the sector and almost every job has a place in this industry: from insect specialists to lawyers, machine operators to business development officers, conservationists to computer scientists. The forest industry employs a diverse workforce with a far-reaching skill set.

So yes, if forestry is your passion – then we are the place for you.  But we are also the place for tradesmen, nurses, tree breeders, accountants, social development officers, scientists, drivers, entrepreneurs, forest engineers, communications or marketing officers, environmentalists and business leaders too.

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The female face of forestry

Happy Women’s Month!

This year, we are using Women’s Month to address one of forestry’s most persistent misconceptions: that forestry is a male only profession.

This view of the sector is outdated. While the workforce might still be male-dominated in some spheres, the past five decades have seen women not just survive but thrive in forestry-related careers.

Moving into the 21st century, silvicultural and technological advancements have helped break down gender barriers with women considered to be equally well-equipped to take on the physical nature of forestry. We are seeing successful women come to the fore in every role within the sector, from machine operator to chief financial officer.

We need to promote a vision of forestry where both men and women can run operations, operate heavy machinery, own forestry businesses and conduct the research that is helping forestry to evolve and expand.

There is a place in forestry for women as the next generation of female scientists, engineers, machine operators and IT specialists.

By dispelling the ‘male only’ myth, our industry can attract the brightest, most dedicated and passionate staff, irrespective of gender.

We can do this by showcasing successful women who have already carved out careers for themselves in forestry-related areas and hope that their stories will inspire others to set down roots in the sector too. The following stories are but a sample of women with a collective 329 years of experience who, along with their male and female colleagues, are helping our industry grow.