Forestry Workers

Forestry workers perform a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivation and protection of trees.


New workers

New workers start around £11,005. Normal pay is £23,429 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,039.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 7,652 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Monitors and patrols forests and parks to maintain grounds and prevent unauthorised entry.

  • Operates machinery used in the cultivation and management of trees.

  • Maintains watch for fires and operates firefighting equipment.

  • Builds and maintains forest roads.

  • Assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife.

  • Cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary.

  • Fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths.

  • Collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling.

  • Drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary.

  • Prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Arboriculture

  • Chainsaws

  • Pruning

  • Forestry

  • Risk Analysis

  • Tree Surveying

  • Machinery

  • Overhead Lines

  • Ecology

  • AutoCAD

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Planning

  • Customer Service

  • Enthusiasm

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Motivation

  • First Aid

  • English Language

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.