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.
Luke Heffernan works as a Forestry Inspector with the Forest Service. Lukes job is quite varied and involves carrying out forest site inspections and documentation checks on forestry applications.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
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Describe a typical day?
Each day is different but typically consists of several site inspections grouped within a reasonable distance of each other. Some examples of site inspections would include afforestation applications, felling licence inspections, forest road applications and reforestation inspections. I will assess parameters such as the health and number of trees planted, fencing, and environmental standards such as setbacks from rivers, buildings and archaeology. Often I will liaise with foresters, landowners and other agencies during the course of my duties.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
One of my principal duties is to carry out forest site inspections and documentation checks on forestry applications such as afforestation, forest road construction, felling licences and the Native Woodland Scheme. I have a responsibility to ensure the applications comply with Forest Service standards and relevant European and Irish legislation.
What are the main challenges?
I have found forestry to be multi-faceted, and because of this, it can be a challenge to ensure all relevant information is collected and assessed when making forestry related decisions. Specifically, forestry can have numerous environmental, silvicultural, economic and social objectives and constraints – thus arriving at the optimal decision and result is often at times challenging!
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Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
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Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?