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As a career Horticulturist in the forest and wood products sector, you'll contribute to the environment by producing one of the world's most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.

Overall, your job is to ensure optimum growth of tree plantings by providing appropriate treatments to promote growth and control pests.


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

  • identifying and correcting soil deficiencies

  • identifying and treating tree pests and diseases

  • preparing coupes for planting

  • using fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals

  • servicing and maintaining the equipment you use

  • planning and supervising other workers

  • writing reports, record keeping, stock control, ordering and budgeting

Ideal Attributes

You’ll like doing practical, manual work outdoors – under all weather conditions.

Able to work alone or as part of a team.

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


Typically horticulture jobs need a certificate II or III qualification, this usually requires a combination of on the job and off the job training.

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


Potential employers include:

  • Forestry companies

  • Forestry contractors

  • Forestry suppliers