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Job Description

A Forestry Worker will manage woodland and forests they play a vital role in protecting ecological and animal habitats. The role will include conducting forest surveys, carrying out tree safety inspections, felling, thinning and pruning trees as necessary, planting saplings and protecting trees from harmful wildlife, pests and disease.

Entry Requirements

You'll find it useful to have some GCSEs, 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.

Lantra has more information on careers in forestry.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Arboricultural officer
  • Tree surgeon
  • Horticultural worker
  • Forest officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need an interest in caring and managing woodlands and animal habitats
  • Have a genuine care for the countryside
  • A practical person who is prepared to work outside in all weathers
  • practical skills to operate machinery
  • organisational skills to manage your workload

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £27,000

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