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Forest Scientist

Forest Scientist

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As a Scientist working in forest management and growing, you'll not only have highly sought-after skills, but you'll be part of a team planning the sustainable future of one of our most environmentally friendly materials.

Depending on your employer and specific job, you could broaden your skills to encompass environmental forest practices, regulatory and certification requirements.

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:

  • Reviewing coupes, considering; species, flora and fauna, significant trees, heritage values

  • Planning plantations, harvesting, reforestation

  • Assessing the affect of invasive species, pest and diseases

  • Problem solving

  • Liaising with stakeholders

  • Preparing 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 forest science, agricultural science or a related field.

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


Potential employers include:

  • Forestry companies

  • Government