Forestry Commission Scotland
Laura H is a Forestry Craftsperson, doing a variety of things from chainsaw felling of trees, to planting, spraying and fencing. "I love working outdoors". The Forestry Commission have given her a lot of support and training, and now she is on a forestry degree course.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionForestry workers perform a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivation and protection of trees.
QualificationsThere are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses covering specialised skills. NVQs/SVQs in Forestry are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.
- Prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris;
- Drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary;
- Collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling;
- Fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths;
- Cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary;
- Assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife;
- Builds and maintains forest roads;
- Maintains watch for fires and operates fire fighting equipment.