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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.

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