Forestry and Logging Worker

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

IMG Photo 00287 V1 CROPPED

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 trees pruning, felling, cutting and trimming methods, good mechanical operations skills (from chainsaws to heavy vehicles) along with firefighting, and health and safety skills.

IMG FITEC 090713 85098 cropped

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 loaders, cutting and grading logs and maintaining equipment.

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

IMG Photo 04665 V1 cropped

    Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • Science 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
  • Tertiary Entrance Qualifications in:
  • Maths
  • English
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Forestry Worker
  • Logging worker
  • Crew Manager
  • Contractor
  • General Manager
  • CEO
  • Additional Senior Leadership Roles
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsDegreeHigher learningHigher learning
Gateway programmes available