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Harvesting Operations Manager

Harvesting Operations Manager

Careers Profile

If you like working in the bush, supervising harvesting teams operating a range of high-tech machines, you'll enjoy being a Harvesting Operations Manager.

You will have worked with all of the equipment yourself – and understand how to operate it effectively. You'll be responsible for teams on a range of sites working safely, following environmental guidelines and maintaining their equipment. You'll ensure they produce quality logs, safely and efficiently.

You'll also be able to turn your hand to the role of Forest Assessor – evaluating and pricing harvesting jobs.


As a Harvesting Operations Manager you could do a wide range of tasks including:

  • Supervising harvesting teams

  • Problem solving

  • Ensuring environmental guidelines are followed

  • Meeting production targets

  • Managing staff and HR

  • Reporting to senior management

  • Forest assessments


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

Ideal Attributes

You’ll enjoy the challenges of leadership, like working outdoors in the bush, be mechanically literate and understand environmental best practices and the value of the product you are handling.

You will always put your safety and that of your workmates first.


Typically a Harvesting Operations Manager will have Certificate IV qualification or higher.

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


Employers include:

  • Hardwood and softwood harvesting contractors