Forest workers assist with growing, maintaining and harvesting timber plantations.
Duties & Tasks
Forest workers may perform the following tasks:prepare sites for tree planting
raise and package cuttings and seedlings at a forest nursery
undertake planting and other regrowth activities of native or plantation forests
control weeds and pests in both new and established forests using fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides
prune and thin trees in plantations by hand and using mechanical equipment
construct and maintain facilities such as access roads, buildings and visitors' amenities
prevent and put out fires, including maintenance of fire breaks
take part in fire spotting and controlled burning
maintain forestry equipment and vehicles
mark trees for harvesting
observe correct environmental practices to minimise impact on roads, water courses and wildlife corridors.
Forest workers are usually employed in small work teams. They may work in softwood and hardwood plantations and forests, in rural areas or in isolated bush locations. Much of the work is outdoors and therefore subject to varying weather conditions. Some aspects of the work can be physically demanding.
enjoy practical and outdoor work
alert and safety-conscious
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good hand-eye coordination
interested in forest protection and regeneration
sound literacy and numeracy skills.