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Forest Technician

Forest Technician

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As a Forest Technician you'll be part of an industry doing the environment good by producing sustainably sourced wood – one of our most environmentally friendly building materials.

Using practical knowledge of forestry methods and techniques, Forest Technicians do a wide range of jobs. These generally provide practical and technical support to the management and development of forest resources.


Depending on your particular job, your role as a Forest Technician may include:

  • Providing technical assistance to foresters, engineers and project leaders

  • Setting up field trials and tests

  • Measuring trees

  • Fire control

  • Monitoring pests and diseases

  • Supervising other workers.


The job responsibilities vary according to the role, however working safely and following appropriate OH&S practices is essential.

Ideal Attributes

You’ll be technically minded, like problem solving, working alone or as part of a team, working outdoors with nature and always put the safety of yourself and your workmates first.


Typically entry requirements to these positions are a minimum of four years secondary education with some science and mathematics units.

Further study to Certificate IV, diploma level and beyond, is encouraged.

Employers in the forest and wood products industry are very supportive of ongoing training and skills development.


Employers of Forest Technicians include:

  • State-owned organisations

  • Forestry contractors

  • Forest managers

  • Companies linked to sawmilling or pulp and paper operations.