Forestry and Logging Worker

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

Careers information

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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 o 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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A typical day

Often a ten-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 loader, cutting and grading logs and maintaining equipment.

You'll need to be safety conscious, practical and work well in teams.

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Agriculture or Horticulture
  • Physical Education or Health
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude
  • Good work habits/time management


  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

Good NCEA Level 1 passes in:


  • Maths
  • English
  •  Forestry Worker
  • Logging Worker
  •  Crew Manager
  • Contactor
  •  Forest Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit standards in schools Traineeship or apprenticeship Higher learning   Higher learning
 Gateway programme available