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As a Botanist in the forest and wood products sector, you'll not only have highly sought-after skills, but you'll be working in reforestation and maintenance of habitat and species diversity. You could also be involved in developing and growing trees for optimum timber production.

Whatever area you're in, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you'll be part of producing one of the world’s most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.

The career paths of many professionals in the forest and wood products industry lead to senior management and other positions.


Roles will vary according to the position, however your working day could include:

  • Investigating the impact of environmental factors on plant growth

  • Assessing the affect of environmental and genetic variables

  • Determining patterns of species evolution using biochemical and molecular techniques

  • Studying tree chromosomes, cells and tissues

  • Preparing scientific and management reports and papers

  • Supervising and coordinate the work of technical support staff

Ideal Attributes

Relevant experience, plus good analysis and problem solving, good written and verbal communication skills, able to accept responsibility and ability to work autonomously or as part of a team.

A high level of understanding and commitment to occupational health and safety is essential.


A graduate or postgraduate degree in botany, plant sciences or the equivalent.

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


Potential employers include:

  • Forestry companies

  • Research organisations

  • Universities

  • Government