- 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.