Forestry Jobs, Wood Anatomist

Minimum ? Preferably Master?s degreein Wood Science and Technology

Not required

The tasks a Wood Anatomist is expected to perform include:

Studying anatomical structure of wood in relation to its properties and uses

Identifying and classifying different types of timbers

Determining factors responsible for growth and development of trees

Examining different types of cells of wood, their arrangement and variation

Estimating properties of different types of woods based on their anatomy

Preparing slides and photomicrographs of important indigenous timbers

Exploring and collecting research anatomical data for writing accurate descriptions, identification and classification of timbers

Investigating defects and causes of failure in wood

Suggesting suitable indigenous substitutes for imported timbers for industrial purposes

Maintaining collection of specimens and helping archaeologists, geologists and paleobotanists in exploring past vegetation and explaining ancient culture

Skilled in research and development, especially related to forestry

Knowledge of characteristics of different types of trees, their requirement, etc.

Proficient in handling large amounts of data

Knowledge of computer programmes and data analysis techniques

Aware of similar research work done in the past

Ability to incorporat the research work of other scientists in their own work

Efficient in presenting the results of their work

Proficient in English language

Knowledge of scientific rules and methods to solve problems

Familiar with the methods of curing wood and exploring methods for converting wood into commodities

Knowledge of analyzing physical, chemical and biological properties of wood

Knowledge of wood anatomy

Skilled in sectioning and mounting small particles for microscopic study


Will be updated

Manual dexterity

Attention to detail

Team player

Analytic thinker

Hardworking and persistent



Good communication skills


It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

May require supervising a team

Local travelling maybe part of the job

Working hours

Working hours are9 hours everyday for 6 days a week

Overtime may be involved

Shift system is not involved

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?


This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme weather conditions, chemicals, etc.

Occupational hazards include injury to body from using sharp tools/equipment in the laboratory, etc.

For freshers - 8,000 to 16,000 per month

For candidates with experience - 33,000 to 41,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Importance of Wood in India

According to a report released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Indian forestry revolves around social and environmental elements of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM). The demand for wood and wood products will continue to increase in the future. The present need is met mainly from the agro-forestry sector and balance demand through imports. The requirement for wood and wood products is bound to witness an unprecedented upward trend due to various economic and policy initiatives recently taken in India. Technological advances allow more efficient use of raw material for better quality of products. Despite the technological advances relating to efficient use of wood, reduction of wastage, diversity of raw materials and recycling, the gap between demand and supply is widening.

With depleting wood resources the importance of research is felt to improve the fill the gap of the demand of wood and wood products. It is the task of aWood Anatomist to help reduce this gap, Hence the opportunities for this profile are increasing,and almost every forestry department has a separate division for this kind ofresearch.

Central and state governments

Government research institutes

Private research initiatives

Job openings are in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III cities