Harvesting 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?

Harvesting contractors and their workers fell the mature trees, extract them to a processing area and cut the trees into log lengths ready to be shipped to market. They will have a good understanding of health and safety, environmental protection requirements and the forestry supply chain. Workers will have good mechanical skills and be able to operate equipment from chainsaws through to state of the art advanced mechanised felling and processing machines. 

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A typical day

Often a ten-hour working day; sometimes weekend work is required. There is a mix of jobs from cutting logs on a processing site and carrying quality control through to operating machinery to fell trees, extract trees for processing, processing trees into logs and loading logs onto log trucks.

Crew leaders will also plan the operation, carry out audits on safe work practices and environmental protection as well as monitoring production. 

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

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Attributes
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
  • Logging worker
    Jobs include:
  • Manual log processing
  • Quality control

 

  • Machine Operator
  • Tree Faller
  • Crew Manager
  •  Forest Manager
  • Contractor
Unit standards in schools Traineeship or apprenticeship Higher learning   Higher learning
 Gateway programme available