Silviculture

Silviculture

New Zealand has an estimated 1.79 million hectares planted in production forests. Silviculture workers improve tree growth for sustainability and economic benefit.

Careers information

What do they do?

Forest managers plan and manage whole forests. They might work for the forest owner or a specialist forest management company. Forestry scientists research forest growth, wood processing, environmental issues and different types of trees and their uses. Forest Engineers plan and manage forest development and lead the development and introduction of new technologies and prototype equipment.

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Typical day

Typically, an 8 to 9-hour day; sometimes working long hours or weekends on projects. Most of the work is done in laboratories and offices with many other people including researchers, lab technicians, forestry companies, foresters, engineers and equipment suppliers and some work is carrying out research in the forests. You’ll need good communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to learn and understand a great deal of knowledge.

 

    Does this sound like you?

    Study areas

    • English or Media Studies or History

    • Sciences or Workshop Technologies

    • Agriculture or Horticulture

    Attributes

    • Good literacy and numeracy

    • Confidence with IT, computers, technology

    • Good organisational skills

    • Good at problem solving / creative

    • Absolutely safety-conscious

    • Team player

    Helpful experience

    • Administration, planning or organising things

    • Working with facts and figures

    • Analysing, researching or problem solving

    • Working with machinery

    Preferred work environments

    • Inside (office environment)

    • Outside (outdoors)

    Different places from time to time

    How much could I earn?

    Icn Money

    1 - 2 years experience

    $55k - $85k

     

    Icn Money

    5 years experience

    $80k - $135k

    Career Pathway

    School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

    Tertiary Entrance Qualifications in:
    Maths

    English

    Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

    Forestry Scientist

    Forest Engineer

    Senior Scientist or Engineer

    Lead Researcher

    General Manager

    CEO

    Additional Senior Leadership Roles

    Unit/Achievement standards in schools Degree Higher learning Higher learning

    What do we offer?

    • We partner with your industry associations (Forest Industry Contractors AssociationNZ Forest Owners AssociationNZ 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 to gain.

    National qualifications

    Competenz can help with silviculture qualifications at both Level 3 and  Level 4. Due to recent changes in New Zealand apprenticeship funding rules, apprenticeships are no longer offered in silviculture. 

    In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification. A trainee may be able to complete the qualification in a shorter time if they already have some of the required unit standards.

    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.

    Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

    Strands   

    Chemical Handling, Mensuration, Pruning, and Thin to Waste

    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.

    Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

    Strands  

    Harvesting, Inventory, and Silviculture 

    The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the advanced skills and knowledge to be employed in a supervisory role in a forestry, mensuration or harvesting operation. They will be able to plan and supervise day-to-day activities within a harvesting, forestry, or mensuration operation. Graduates will be able to work without supervision and be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of forestry employees, plant and equipment. Graduates will also be capable of maintaining productivity within the operation. The qualification includes three strands which represent distinct activities within forestry, inventory and harvesting operations. 

    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 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.

    Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.