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Forestry Worker

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At a Glance... header image

Works in a forest helping the Forest Officer with the maintenance of the forest.


The Work header image

The work at any forest may include initial ground preparation, planting, maintenance of plantations, pruning, thinning, road-making, assessing and growing, stock, felling and extracting as well as the conservation and development of game and wildlife.  
 
Forestry Workers may specialise in cutting tree lengths, tractor driving and lorry driving to move wood stacks to transportation points.  
 
They are also responsible for protecting forests from misuse by the general public.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.

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Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.

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Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.

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Perform fire protection or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or disposing of brush.

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Select or cut trees according to markings or sizes, types, or grades.

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Identify diseased or undesirable trees and remove them, using power saws or hand saws.

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Spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.

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Drag cut trees from cutting areas and load trees onto trucks.

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Thin or space trees, using power thinning saws.

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Maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Geography:  Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Forestry Workers need to be observant, responsible, good at manual work and extremely fit, as the work is physically demanding. They should be capable of working on their own initiative as well as forming part of a team. Forestry workers have to be out in all sorts of weather. Protective clothing must be worn such as boots, hard hats, ear defenders, chainsaw trousers and gloves.


Entry Routesheader image

It is possible to enter this sector either from secondary school or from college. Operative type jobs are genarally open to entrants with second level education, while those who have acheived a recognised further education or third level qualification tend to be employed in higher level supervisory/managerial type roles.

It is possible to gain forestry qualifications at Certificate, Diploma or Degree levels. To be recognised as a Professional Forester, a minimum of a Diploma from a recognised college is required.

There are currently four main providers of full time education and skills training courses catering for the forestry sector in Ireland. These courses are aimed at new entrants preparing for a career within the forestry sector, but also are suitable for existing practitioners now seeking formal educational qualifications.

Teagasc Ballyhaise - Teagasc offers a fulltime one year forestry certificate programme (NFQ Level 5) with the option of an additional one year advanced certificate programme (NFQ Level 6). This is a highly practical vocational education and training (VET) programme primarily aimed at preparing students for practical, operational jobs within the forestry sector, and in particular the establishment and management sectors. There is considerable emphasis placed on practical work experience, particularly in the second year. Students attaining their Level 5 certificate can progress to WIT outside of the CAO system, under the FETAC – HETAC linkages programme.

WIT - WIT offers a fulltime three year forestry ordinary degree programme WD076 (NFQ Level 7) with the option of an additional one year honours degree programme in land management (NFQ Level 8). The ordinary degree programme is considered to be somewhat more vocational than UCD, and is more focused on preparing students for specific technical jobs within the forestry sector. WIT also offers masters degree and doctoral degree opportunities through its broad range of forestry and wood-energy related research programmes.

UCD - UCD offers a fulltime four year forestry honours degree programme DN271 to National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Level 8. The programme is considered to be more focused on providing a broad forestry education rather than on preparing students for specific jobs within the forestry sector. UCD also offers masters degree and doctoral degree opportunities through its broad range of forestry related research programmes. The honours degree and masters programmes are accredited by the Society of Irish Foresters and the UK Institute of Chartered Foresters

UL - UL offers a full time four year honours degree programme in materials and architectural technology LM094 (NFQ Level 8). The programme focuses on the creative and effective use of wood and wood-based materials in commercial products and prepares students for careers in the timber processing sector and associated downstream industries.

A number of short courses are also available woth COFORD and the Society of Irish Foresters.

Last Updated: November, 2015


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Organisation: Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
  Address: Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 0200
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Organisation: Coillte
  Address: The Irish Forestry Board, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow
  Tel: (01) 201 1111
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Organisation: COFORD
  Address: Research Division, Department Agriculture, Food & Marine, Kildare St., Dublin, 2
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