Forestry Worker

Forestry workers manage and care for forests, undertaking tasks such as planting and harvesting trees, preventing and controlling diseases and ensuring the sustainable management of woodland areas for environmental conservation and resource utilization.

Day-to-day tasks

As a forest worker, you could:

  • clear undergrowth like shrubs and plants so you can plant tree seedlings
  • cut down trees and branches and get timber ready to be removed
  • put up fences, gates and public information notices
  • clear footpaths and nature trails
  • maintain equipment, drainage systems and car parks
  • protect the forest from pests and diseases and prevent forest fires

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of maths
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly
  • College

You could take a course at an agricultural college to learn some of the skills needed in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
  • Level 3 Certificate in Countryside Management
  • Level 3 Diploma in Countryside and Environment
  • T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production.

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