Forest Manager Kaimahi Ngahere

Forest managers plan and direct the planting, growth, harvesting and protection of forests for wood production.

Forest managers may do some or all of the following:

  • plan and direct forest operations or new forest developments, including planting, pruning, forest growth measurement and tree harvesting
  • manage forestry contractors carrying out forest operations
  • manage the business and financial side of forest operations
  • market and negotiate log sales to domestic and export log processors  
  • analyse financial decisions and work out the cost-benefit of forest operations and make recommendations
  • ensure health, safety and environmental minimum standards are met or exceeded
  • monitor forest growth and health, security, fire prevention, and other maintenance activities.

Physical Requirements

Forest managers need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they may walk long distances.

 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for forest managers includes:

  • work experience in silviculture (growing and cultivating trees), or harvesting operations
  • experience managing people
  • project or contract management experience
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping (technology used to capture and analyse geographic data) 
  • accounting or business analysis. 

Personal Qualities

Forest managers need to be:

  • good at planning, organising and problem solving
  • good communicators, as they deal with a variety of people such as forest contractors 
  • adaptable and practical
  • responsible and alert
  • assertive.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for forest managers includes:

  • work experience in silviculture (growing and cultivating trees), or harvesting operations
  • experience managing people
  • project or contract management experience
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping (technology used to capture and analyse geographic data) 
  • accounting or business analysis. 

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include agriculture and horticulture, maths, biology, chemistry and English.

Forest Managers can earn around $45K-$60K per year per year.

Many forest managers start by supervising forestry contracting crews, and gaining operational experience. They can then progress to senior forest manager positions or become forestry consultants.

Forest Manager