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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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Peter Whooley, Forester

Peter Whooley, Forester

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Peter Whooley, Forester

Travelling abroad after school helped me realise what I wanted to do with my life and enabled me to make a decision to study forestry and pursue a career.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Peter Whooley, Forester

Co-workers in previous jobs, friends and family would have influenced me in my career direction.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I applied for my current position when it was advertised within Waterford Institute of Technology.

Describe a typical day?

Peter Whooley, Forester

During a typical day, I will start by checking and replying to emails or letters. I could then be meeting clients or prospective clients who are interested in planting forestry, walk land which has been planted to see if it needs maintenance, look at land, meet contractors to organise getting work done, timber measurement, meet harvesting machine contractors, meet with Forest Service inspectors regarding problems etc, meet county council engineers regarding timber haulage routes or forest road building.

There is a large variety of things I may do on any day as there are no two days the same in forestry. I will always spend a minimum of one day in the office per week carrying out paperwork from afforestation approvals to felling licences. One very important task at the end of each week I find is to plan the coming week.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Peter Whooley, Forester

The primary duties of my job are to plant and manage forestry for The Forestry Company. I liaise with existing clients and ensure that all their needs are met and try to solve any problems which they may have with their forestry. Every day I speak with the contractors which are carrying out work on sites which we manage and ensure that they have materials etc and know where to go next. I carry out any work which may need to be done on the ground such as inventory or ensuring that harvesting operations etc are running smoothly.

What are the main challenges?

Peter Whooley, Forester

The main challenges in the job are having the ability to deal with many different people and being able to liaise with them and come up with solutions for any given problem.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I am self-motivated and have an ability to adapt to new things relatively easily. I have a broad knowledge of agriculture as well as forestry which I find is a good advantage to my job.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Peter Whooley, Forester

Geography would have been a good subject to take for the Leaving Certificate.

What is your education to date?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I have a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Land Management in Forestry, both completed in WIT.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Peter Whooley, Forester

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry was vital for me to get my job as I am a forester registered with the Department of Agriculture.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Peter Whooley, Forester

So far in my career, the most rewarding events have been seeing my first afforestation site being planted in 2016 and carrying out forest inventory on 4,000 hectares of mature forestry with my colleagues.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I am self-motivated and have an ability to work well with a team.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Peter Whooley, Forester

It does as I spend a lot of time outside and travelling the country with my job.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I would tell anyone considering a job as a forester to try your best as forestry will always be there.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Peter Whooley, Forester

The ability to work with others, attention to detail and manners.

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Peter Whooley, Forester

I am constantly upskilling by attending events and courses run by the Forest Service and the Society of Irish Foresters.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Peter Whooley, Forester

Knowledge in agriculture is helpful while experience in working on the ground in forestry is essential as you need to understand the kind of work that is being done before telling someone how to do it. While working on the ground you will learn things that a book simply cannot teach you.

What is your current job title?

Peter Whooley, Forester

Forester, The Forestry Company.

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