Firewood Cutter, Firewood Collector

Minimum ? No entry barrier

Not required

The tasks a Gatherer, Firewood is expected to perform include:Cutting and collecting wood from forests or fields for sale in the market as fuel

Visiting forest or fields to pickup pieces of dried wood from ground

Piling the collected wood in heaps to ease transportation

Pulling down dry and weak branches of trees using small axe, sickle or large knife

Cutting decayed branches and trunks of trees using axe and handsaw

Digging out roots of fallen trees using shovel and axe

Carrying heaps of wood on head or transporting them in a cart to the market Assisting in cutting large trunks of dry trees using saw and axe

Familiar with different types of trees which can be used as firewood Skilled in operating tools used for cutting branches, twigs, etc.Skilled in making ropes out of bamboo

Ability to drive carts/bicycles

Ability to liaison with middlemen to sell the wood

Not required

Physically fit and strong Hardworking and persistent


Ability to work independently

It is a field job

Work from home is not applicable for this profile

May supervise a team of other Firewood Gatherers

Part-time and contractual jobs maybe available

Local travelling is part of the job

Working hours

Flexible working hours

Shift system is not available in this job

Overtime maybe required

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include exposure to extreme weather conditions, mosquitoes/insects bites and dust

Occupational hazards include back/neck pains, injury to body, physical strain, etc.

For daily wage workers -INR100 toINR400 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of Firewood Use in India

While 43 percent of firewood users cook with it exclusively, only 14 percent of households that use dung or crop residue report using it exclusively. The preference for using fuel-wood for cooking maybe partly because it is easier to use than dung and straw, reducing the time required to prepare meals: the cooks that use fuel-wood spend about 2.5 hours per day cooking, whereas those cooking with dung spend 2 hours and 45 minutes and those using crop residues cook for 3 hours. From the perspective of total time that is necessary for collecting and using the fuel for meal preparation, fuel-wood requires the least amount of overall time and is the easiest to use? since dung often burns at too low of a temperature and straw burns too fast and requires constant attention. Job prospects for Gatherer, Firewood are encouraging in various states and areas where firewood is primarily used as fuel.

Self-employed Forest products industries

State forest departments

Firewood vendors

Job openings are in Tier III cities