Forestry workers

£22,880

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

43

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

3.84%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

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

Qualifications

There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses covering specialised skills. NVQs/SVQs in Forestry are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.

Typical tasks

  • prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris;
  • drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary;
  • collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling;
  • fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths;
  • cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary;
  • assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife;
  • builds and maintains forest roads;
  • maintains watch for fires and operates fire fighting equipment.

Common job titles

Cutter, tree
Cutter, copse
Forester
Grower
Caretaker
Labourer, wood
Craftsman, forest
Feller, tree
Holder, small (forestry)
Ranger, forest
Verderer
Labourer, Crown
Jack, lumber
Labourer, forest
Verderor
Woodsman
Contractor, forestry
Woodman
Cutter, wood (forestry)
Axeman
Technician, arboricultural
Lopper, tree
Taker, care
Warden (forestry)
Man, timber (forestry)
Foreman (forestry)
Feller (forestry)
Labourer (forestry)
Smallholder (forestry)
Worker, forestry
Feller, timber
Driver, tractor (forestry)
Worker, coppice
Ranger, wood
Craftsman, forestry
Supervisor, arboricultural
Cutter, willow
Keeper, forest
Silviculturist
Worker, forest
Pruner, tree (forestry)
Labourer, feller's, timber
Warden, wood
Workman, forest
Lumberjack