Forest workers assist with growing, maintaining and harvesting timber plantations.
Duties & Tasks
Forest workers may perform the following tasks:prepare sites for tree plantingraise and package cuttings and seedlings at a forest nurseryundertake planting and other regrowth activities of native or plantation forestscontrol weeds and pests in both new and established forests using fertilisers, insecticides and herbicidesprune and thin trees in plantations by hand and using mechanical equipmentcollect seedsconstruct and maintain facilities such as access roads, buildings and visitors' amenitiesprevent and put out fires, including maintenance of fire breakstake part in fire spotting and controlled burningmaintain forestry equipment and vehiclesmark trees for harvestingobserve 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.