Three organisations currently provide forestry education and skills training courses in Ireland. These courses are full time, and are aimed at preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.
11.5% of Ireland is under forest, supporting a vibrant and export-oriented forest products sector. The forest industry comprising, growing, harvesting and processing of forest products makes a significant and growing contribution to the Irish economy.
You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT.
Robert Whindle is a Forest Inspector for the Forest Service. Robert's job enables him to travel around Ireland for half of his working week where he carries out field and desk inspections of applications for different forestry schemes and felling licences.
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A job in the Forest Service presents many challenges, everything from assessing the eligibility of afforestation applications to the different forestry schemes, to forest health surveys, to being involved in reviewing the national Forestry Programme. You need to be an excellent people person with good communication skills, with knowledge of everything from ecology, geology, hydrology, silviculture, engineering, national and international forest policies and legislation, the list is endless.
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