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Forestry worker

Forestry workers manage trees, plants and the environment in forests and woodland.

Potential salary
£15,000 to £27,000
Working hours
42 to 44 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 tasks may include:

  • clearing undergrowth for planting
  • planting new tree seedlings
  • digging drainage systems
  • thinning out densely wooded areas
  • felling trees, stripping branches and chopping up tree trunks
  • protecting the forest against insect pests and disease
  • clearing footpaths and nature trails, and maintaining car parks
  • putting up fences, gates, signs and public information notices
  • checking and maintaining tools and equipment
  • preventing forest fires

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a park or in woodland.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

You could progress to senior forest worker or become a forest or arboricultural officer.

You could also become a forest ranger, working with wardens or conservation officers to look after wildlife.

You can find out more about careers in forestry from the Royal Forestry Society and Forestry England.

Data from National Careers Service.
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