Forest technical officers are responsible for many of the forestry operations involved in the planting, management and harvesting of trees.
Duties & Tasks
Forest technical officers may perform the following tasks:supervise forest establishment and maintenance work such as fencing, planting, nursery work and pruning, and protection work involving controlled burning, fire spotting and firefighting
carry out or supervise seed harvesting, propagation or cultivation of young trees
measure and select trees for felling and supervise logging operations to ensure compliance with forest policies and programmes
implement erosion and sediment controls
carry out or supervise the use of herbicides and insecticides to implement pest, weed and disease control
set up or assist with field trials associated with research projects and forest growth studies
enforce fire prevention regulations
supervise the construction and maintenance of forest access roads
issue licences and permits for recreation and the collection of some forest products
carry out investigations and assist with the prosecution of offenders
write reports and undertake other clerical work.
Forest technical officers usually work in country areas and sometimes in isolated bush locations. They work irregular hours during emergencies such as bushfires. Those in administrative or research positions are usually based in larger centres.par Forest technical officers may be involved in forest operations, forest assessment and planning, or forest research. Those working in private industry may supervise logging activities.
enjoy practical and outdoor work
interested in forest and environmental management
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good communication skills
leadership potential and ability to supervise others
able to work as part of a team.