Forestry and Logging Worker Kaimahi Waonui/Tope Rākau
Forestry and logging workers plant, maintain, measure, cut and clear trees from forests.
Forestry and logging workers may do some or all of the following:
- prepare and maintain the ground surrounding trees
- plant, prune and thin trees
- monitor and measure the growth of trees
- gather aerial data about a tree crop
- select and cut down trees
- use harvesting machinery to drag logs from the bush and remove branches from logs
- operate loaders to move logs into stacks or to load trucks
- assess log quality, and cut to size
- measure and grade logs
- maintain and repair chainsaws and equipment.
Forestry and logging workers need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong as they need to move and set up equipment on logging sites. They also need to have quick reactions, good hand-eye co-ordination and a good level of stamina.
Useful experience for forestry and logging workers includes:
- timber mill work
- work as a volunteer firefighter
- experience driving heavy vehicles
- farm work.
Forestry and logging workers need to be:
- motivated and hard-working
- able to make good judgements
- able to work well under pressure
- able to work as part of a team.
Forestry and logging workers need to have:
- knowledge of tree and timber types
- knowledge of tree pruning, felling, cutting and trimming methods
- knowledge of health and safety requirements in the forest, including first aid skills
- skill in operating machines and using technology such as drones
- chainsaw operation skills
- mechanical skills
- heavy vehicle handling skills
- firefighting skills.
Forestry and logging workers:
- usually work from 6am to 4pm week days, and may work on Saturdays
- work in forests, bush and scrubland in rural or isolated areas, and may have to travel up to an hour to their workplaces
- work in all weather conditions, and their working environment may be hazardous and noisy.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a forestry and logging worker. However, agriculture and horticulture, construction and mechanical technologies, and maths and English are useful.
Forestry and logging workers can progress to manage their own crew and become forestry contractors.
Forestry and logging workers usually specialise in one of three areas of forestry:
- Forest Mensuration Worker
- Forest mensuration workers may either measure standing trees to work out their size and value, or measure logs in the forest, at wharves or sawmills, to ensure that the logs meet clients' needs.
- Forestry Harvesting Worker
- Forestry harvesting workers cut and clear trees from forests.
- Forestry Silviculture Worker
- Forestry silviculture workers plant, prune, thin and release trees in a forest.
Years Of Training>1 year of training usually required.
There are no specific requirements to become a forestry and logging worker.
However, you can complete a New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Operations (Level 3) while working. This can be done as part of an apprenticeship.