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Alternate Titles: 

Forestry contractor,Forestry worker,Lumberjack

Job Description: 

Forestry workers perform a variety of tasks related to the planting, cultivation and protection of trees.


There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by short courses covering specialised skills. NVQs/SVQs in Forestry are available at Levels 1 and 2, together with BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships in some areas.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details


The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 6
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 12.5
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details


  • prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris;
  • drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary;
  • collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling;
  • fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths;
  • cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary;
  • assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife;
  • builds and maintains forest roads;
  • maintains watch for fires and operates fire fighting equipment.
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