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Forestry Worker

Forestry Workers may do some or all of the following

  • clear the bush and undergrowth and cut escape routes
  • select and fell (cut down) trees
  • use harvesting machinery to drag logs from the bush
  • remove branches from logs using an automated mechanical processor and a de-limber or chainsaw
  • operate loaders to move logs into stacks or to load trucks
  • assess log quality, and cut to size
  • maintain and repair chainsaws and equipment
  • prepare the ground for seedlings
  • plant seedlings
  • control vegetation around trees using a knapsack sprayer or scrub-cutting machinery
  • prune trees using loppers (pruning clippers) and saws
  • check the quality of the pruning
  • use a chainsaw to reduce tree crop numbers
  • check equipment for faults
  • supervise a team of workers.

Forestry Workers need to have

  • knowledge of tree and timber types 
  • knowledge of tree felling, cutting and trimming methods 
  • an understanding of health and safety requirements in the forest, including first aid skills 
  • chainsaw operation skills
  • mechanical skills 
  • heavy vehicle handling skills 
  • firefighting skills 
  • decision-making skills
  • knowledge of how to handle and plant trees
  • knowledge of safe work practices, including how to safely use a range of equipment such as chainsaws and pruning equipment
  • tree pruning skills
  • knowledge of the chemicals used for spraying
  • first aid skills.

Forestry Workers should be

  • practical
  • motivated and hard working
  • safety-conscious
  • able to make good judgements
  • able to work well under pressure
  • practical
  • hard working
  • adaptable
  • able to work well in a team
  • careful and accurate.


Forestry Contractor

Forestry Contractors may do some or all of the following

  • run the day-to-day operations of one or more harvesting crews
  • hire, manage and train harvesting forestry workers
  • tell the harvesting crew(s) where they will be working and ensure they work safely
  • ensure work is of a high standard
  • dispatch logs to mills
  • write safety reports
  • fill out reports and deal with any paperwork
  • show employees where they are working for the day and explain their tasks
  • check seedlings are planted correctly and in the right place
  • plan the thinning, pruning and spraying of trees according to the forest owner's plan
  • train workers and ensure they are using equipment correctly and are following health and safety standards
  • analyse forestry blocks to work out the costs of doing a job and how much to charge
  • write proposals to forestry owners/managers about things such as the costs of pruning
  • ensure vehicles and equipment run safely
  • carry out small business administration tasks.

Forestry Contractors need to have

  • knowledge of forestry harvesting processes
  • forestry harvesting skills such as chainsaw skills and machine operation skills
  • understanding of occupational safety and health (OSH) regulations and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) rules
  • basic first aid skills
  • knowledge of contracts and basic accounting practices
  • good people management and communication skills
  • planning and organisational ability
  • an understanding of what the forest owner's requires
  • planting, thinning and pruning skills
  • knowledge of spraying techniques and how to handle spraying chemicals
  • up-to-date knowledge of the forestry market and the economy
  • knowledge of how to prevent and fight forest fires

Forestry Contractors should be

  • practical
  • patient, motivated and hard-working
  • safety-conscious and alert
  • able to work well in a team
  • responsible.


Forest Mensuration Worker

Inventory workers may do some or all of the following

  • locate, measure and sample forest plots
  • measure standing trees in forest plots using laser and ultrasound devices as well as tape measures 
  • estimate tree quality and grades so that the value and volume of trees may be determined 
  • collect wood samples and data for forest owners.

Log scalers may do some or all of the following

  • measure felled logs at skids, wharves or sawmills
  • identify log grades by looking at features such as knot size and straightness, and whether they have been pruned 
  • record data and check for accuracy 
  • identify any logs that do not meet customer specifications, so they can be re-graded or recut 
  • mark logs to indicate their grade.

Forest mensuration workers need to have

  • knowledge of sampling methods, log grades and tree growth rates
  • knowledge of the forest they are working in
  • an understanding of the prescription (the specifications required) of the forest owner
  • skill in making calculations
  • the ability to read maps
  • the ability to drive four-wheel-drive and all-terrain vehicles when required. 

Forest mensuration workers need to be

  • practical and accurate
  • able to work unsupervised.