You'll find it useful to have some National 4 or 5 qualifications (or equivalent), experience of working on the land, or a qualification in forestry.
Volunteering for a woodland or wildlife charity is a good way to gain experience.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
- Practical skills to operate machinery
- Hard working
- Physically fit
- 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
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You'll work 35 to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.
This is a physically demanding job. You’ll spend most of your time outdoors in the countryside in all weathers. You may need to travel between different sites.
Some of your work may be hazardous, as you’ll be using power tools while working at height.
You'll need to wear protective clothing for certain jobs and a safety harness for climbing trees.
You could progress to senior forest worker or become a forest officer.
You could also become a forest ranger, working with wardens or conservation officers to look after wildlife.
You could become self-employed.