Forestry & Forest Products
Forest technicians provide practical and technical support to the development and management of forest resources.
Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Forest Technician do?
Forest technicians undertake a wide range of jobs which provide practical and technical support to the development and management of forest resources.
As a forest technician, you would be involved in a wide range of practical and technical tasks, including:
- providing technical assistance to foresters, engineers and project leaders
- setting up field trials and tests
- measuring trees
- fire control
- monitoring pests and diseases
- supervising other workers.
Forest technicians who work in private industry may also supervise logging operations.
Key skills and interests
To become a forest technician, you would need:
- to be technically minded
- an interest in the environment and working outdoors
- practical skills
- a sense of responsibility and safety-awareness
- confidence to work on your own
- the ability to work in a team.
Working hours and conditions
In a full-time job you would work standard hours, Monday to Friday.
Forest technicians typically work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations and in all types of weather. The work can be physically difficult.
Those in administrative or research positions are more likely to be based in larger regional centres or urban areas.
How to become an Forest Technician?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a forest technician without formal qualifications. You would get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in forest growing and management, environmental monitoring and technology or environmental management.
Alternatively, you could complete a degree in forest sciences or forest science and management at university. You may also consider a degree in a related area, such as biodiversity and conservation, environmental management or environmental science. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry, and biology would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.
Some employers may require a valid drivers’ licence or a Provide First Aid Certificate.
Employment of forest technicians is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.
Most employment growth for forest workers is expected to be in state-owned forests.