harvesting

Harvesting

98% of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests making this the ideal industry for the future

Careers information

What do they do?

Forestry and logging workers plant, prune, measure, cut and clear trees from forests. They have good knowledge of trees and timber types, knowledge of tree pruning, felling, cutting and trimming methods, good mechanical operations skills (from chainsaws to heavy vehicles) along with firefighting, and health and safety skills.

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Typical day

Often a 10-hour working day; sometimes weekend work is required. There are a mix of jobs to do from preparing the ground, planting, pruning, measuring tree growth, selecting and cutting down trees through to using harvesting machinery, operating loaders, cutting and grading logs and maintaining equipment. You’ll need to be absolutely safety conscious, practical and work well in a team.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences or Workshop Technologies

• Agriculture or Horticulture

• Physical Education or Health

Attributes

• Reasonable strength and fitness

• Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude

• Good work habits/time management

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Making or fixing things

• Selling or persuading people

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Outside (outdoors)

• Different places from time to time

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

1 - 2 years experience

$32k - $40k

Icn Money

5 years experience

$40k - $60k

How could I get into the industry?

There are no specific requirements to become forestry and logging worker as skills are gained on the job. There are no specific secondary education requirements, but NCEA. Level 1 maths and English are seen as an advantage by most employers.

Forestry and logging workers should be:

  • absolutely safety-conscious
  • practical
  • motivated and hard working
  • able to make good judgements
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to work as part of a team.

Forestry and logging workers need to be reasonably fit, healthy and strong, as their work can be quite physical. They also need to have quick reactions, good hand-eye co-ordination and a good level of stamina. Useful experience for forestry and logging workers include timber mill work, work as a volunteer firefighter, experience driving heavy vehicles or farm work.

 

What do we offer?

  • We partner with your industry associations (Forest Industry Contractors Association, NZ Forest Owners Association, NZ Farm Forestry Association) and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry and identifying potential trainees.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like local graduations, and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the forestry industry and the skills learners and businesses need

National qualifications

Forestry harvesting is an activity that is comprised of a number of technical disciplines. Each discipline has a unique qualification variation (stand) and specific unit standards (learning outcomes) to help assess competency and promote best practices on site.

All Competenz forestry apprenticeships result in the completion of at least one Level 3 qualification and one Level 4 qualification.  All of our harvesting apprenticeships comply with the New Zealand Apprenticeship rules. These apprenticeships include:

  • Head Breaker-out
  • Log Making & Head Breaker-out
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction  & Mechanised Processing
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction & Mechanised Tree Felling
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction & Production Tree Felling
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Head Breaker-out
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Machine Operations Loader
  • Machine Operations Loader & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Log Extraction & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Log Extraction & Machine Operations Loader
  • Mechanised Processing & Log Making
  • Mechanised Processing & Machine Operations Loader
  • Mechanised Processing & Mechanised Tree Felling
  • Mechanised Tree Felling & Machine Operations Loader
  • Production Tree Felling
  • Production Tree Felling & Head Breaker-out
  • Production Tree Felling & Log Making

These apprenticeships are based on the qualifications detailed below.  In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification.

In achieving a standalone qualification, a trainee may be able to choose a shorter duration option if they already hold some of the required units and so therefore complete the qualification in a shorter time.

Strands

Chainsaw Operations, Breaking Out, Landing Operations

This qualification is aimed at those wishing to gain work in a forestry operation or new entrant employees in a forestry operation.  As such, components of it can be used by providers for pre-employment programmes to develop the skills required for people beginning work in forestry operations.

On completion, candidates will have introductory knowledge of health and safety in a forestry operation.  The strand structure means candidates will also have knowledge relating to a particular operation and basic skills required to begin working under direct supervision.

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Strands

Tree Felling - Basic Techniques / Breaking Out / Landing Operations

This qualification is aimed at candidates with entry level knowledge and skills of a forestry operation.  It provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out day to day operational functions within a forest. The qualification has credits in common with, and builds on, the National Certificate in Forest Foundation Skills (Level 2).

This qualification has two core electives sets. The first contains generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations.  The second allows candidates to choose from a variety of forest skills which may be considered necessary for some workers, depending on their particular role, and the way a particular operation is set up.  The strand structure means candidates can specialise in knowledge and skills pertaining to the role they carry out and the type of operation they are required to work in.

On completion candidates will have a range of well-developed skills relating to the operation they are employed in.  They will be capable of carrying out their function under general supervision and will be responsible for their own output.  Candidates who complete this qualification may continue a career pathway onto the National Certificate in Forest Operations Advanced (Level 4).

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Strands

Tree Felling / Hauler Set-Up / Machine Operations - Hauler, Head Breaker Out - Cable Harvesting / Log Making / Machine Operations - Log Extraction / Machine Operations – Loader / Mechanised Tree Felling / Mechanised Processing

This qualification is designed for experienced forestry workers who have a good understanding of the forestry operation or operations they work in. The knowledge and skills covered in this qualification are related to crew roles requiring specialist skills, and/or skills leading to crew management are covered in this qualification.

The qualification includes a core compulsory set, a core elective set, and specialist strands.  The core compulsory and core elective contain generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations, and enable crews to operate in a manner which meets customer needs as well as regulatory requirements.  Each strand in this qualification allows candidates to specialise, and to gain advanced knowledge and skills pertaining to the operation they are required to work in.

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This qualification is intended for people who are in a senior forest operations crew management role.  They will have demonstrated competence in managing the operations of a contracting business to achieve specified work outcomes while maximising efficiency and minimising costs in the business. This qualification provides a blend of operational management and improvement, people management and leadership, and on job compliance with legislation, regulations and forest owner requirements.

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Strands

Breaking Out, Establishment, Landing Operations

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have skills and knowledge relevant to entrylevel roles in a commercial forestry operation (establishment and silviculture) or commercial harvesting operation. Graduates will have a basic understanding of the industry and the hazardous nature of the industry. They will be able to work under close supervision to meet quality requirements of an operation while maintaining their own safety. The qualification includes four strands which represent distinct activities within the forestry industry that are undertaken in either forestry operations or harvesting operations.

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Strands  

Basic Machine Operation, Tree Felling, Breaking Out-Cable, Breaking Out-Ground based, Manual Processing, Log Scaling, Poleman, Production Thinning, and Quality Control

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to operate at a production level within their chosen discipline, in an operational role in a commercial forest harvesting or log scaling operation. Graduates will have an understanding of safety and environmental and quality requirements of working in a forest harvesting or log scaling operation. They will work under limited supervision to meet commercial productivity requirements. The qualification includes nine strands which represent distinct activities undertaken in harvesting operations or log scaling operations. 

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed in a production role in a harvesting operation. They will hold a senior position within the crew and will be able to contribute to the planning of a harvesting operation. They will be able to make decisions regarding their area of specialisation. Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of forest harvesting plant and equipment without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of maintaining productivity within the operation. The qualification includes eleven strands which represent distinct activities within forest harvesting operations. 

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed as a crew or operations manager in a forestry or forest harvesting operation who are managing crew operations. Graduates will be able to work at an operational management level and apply effective crew management to make day-to-day business and operational decisions that ensure an operation is safe, productive and cost effective. 

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed as a crew or operations manager in a forestry or forest harvesting operation who are managing crew operations. Graduates will be able to work at an operational management level and apply effective crew management to make day-to-day business and operational decisions that ensure an operation is safe, productive and cost effective.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to carry out a technical or management role within the forest growing and harvesting sectors. The forest industry will benefit from having people who can apply a blend of management skills and forest knowledge to enable them to contribute to the medium and long-term planning and management of forest operations. They will have developed a broad range of skills including the use of a wide range of industry specific software, forest planning, harvesting, supply chain management, log product logistics, commercial and financial analysis and contract management.

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