Forest officer

Forest officers manage forestry workers, plan harvesting activities and monitor planted areas.

Potential salary
£19,000 to £35,000
Working hours
41 to 43 a week
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of geography
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of maths
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • managing a budget
  • carrying out a business plan
  • reporting to the head forester
  • planning work to be carried out by staff and contractors
  • managing maintenance of machinery and equipment
  • keeping accurate work records
  • making sure health and safety policies are followed
  • surveying and inspecting trees and sites
  • selecting and marking up timber to be harvested
  • planning, monitoring and evaluating habitat management work

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a park, in an office or in woodland.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home.

With experience, you could move into consultancy work or a university research role.

You may also be able to apply for chartered environmentalist status. You can find out more about being a chartered environmentalist from the Society for the Environment.

You can find more advice about careers and training in forestry through the Royal Forestry Society and The Arboricultural Association.

Data from National Careers Service.
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