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Forest Worker

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Forest workers do a range of practical work to help develop, maintain and protect forests. They plant, trim, thin and fell trees and protect them from pests, diseases and harmful wildlife. Within the Forestry Commission they are also called forest craftsperson or specific titles such as harvester or tractor driver.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay rates for new entrants to the job of forest worker in Scotland vary. In the Forestry Commission, a skilled forest worker is paid on band 6b which ranges from £19,750 to £20,930. This can rise with experience and promotion to band 6a. You may get lodgings as part of your job.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work for the Forestry Commission, a forestry company or private estate, a forestry consultancy or contractor, a local authority, a government agency or a conservation organisation.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
792
2.3 %
RISE
2022
810
  United Kingdom
2017
4173
1.6 %
RISE
2022
4238

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Forestry Commission Scotland is the biggest employer of forest workers in Scotland. They recruit for their apprenticeships at different times throughout the year depending on where and when an opportunity comes up.

Vacancies are posted on the Civil Service Jobs website and on the Forestry Commission Careers Facebook page.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Conservation Volunteers
Tel: 01786 479 697
E-mail: scotland@tcv.org.uk
Website: http://www.tcv.org.uk/scotland
Twitter: @TCVtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConservationVolunteers

The Conservation Volunteers used to be known as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.

Forestry Commission Scotland
Tel: 0300 067 6156
E-mail: fcscotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/
Twitter: @fcscotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ForestryCommissionScotland/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Tel: 0131 458 0200
E-mail: information@nts.org.uk
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
Twitter: @N_T_S
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforScotland

Royal Forestry Society (RFS)
Tel: 01295 678588
E-mail: rfshq@rfs.org.uk
Website: http://www.rfs.org.uk
Twitter: @royal_forestry
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalForestrySociety/

Woodland Trust Scotland
Tel: 01738 635829
E-mail: scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Twitter: @WoodlandTrust
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewoodlandtrust

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