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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 Forestry and Land Scotland 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. At Forestry and Land Scotland, a skilled forest worker is paid on band 6a which ranges from £24,388 to £25,752. You may get lodgings as part of your job.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work for Forestry and Land Scotland, 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
2019
935
0.4 %
FALL
2024
931
  United Kingdom
2019
4606
1.1 %
RISE
2024
4658

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Forestry and Land 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 and Land Scotland 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: @TCVScotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConservationVolunteers

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

Forestry and Land Scotland
Tel: 0131 370 5541
E-mail: enquiries@forestryandland.gov.scot
Website: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/
Twitter: @forestryls
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forestryandlandscotland/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: https://www.scotland.lantra.co.uk/
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
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/

Scottish Forestry
Tel: 0131 370 5250
E-mail: Scottish.Forestry@forestry.gov.uk
Website: https://forestry.gov.scot/
Twitter: @scotforestry

Woodland Trust Scotland
Tel: 01738 635544
E-mail: scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk
Twitter: @WoodlandTrust
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewoodlandtrust

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