How to become a Forest Technical Officer

Forest technical officers are responsible for many of the forestry operations involved in the planting, management and harvesting of trees.

Personal requirements of a Forest Technical Officer

  • enjoy practical and outdoor work
  • interested in forest and environmental management
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good communication skills
  • leadership potential and ability to supervise others
  • able to work as part of a team.

Duties & Tasks of a Forest Technical Officer

Forest technical officers: • supervise forest establishment and maintenance work such as fencing, planting, nursery work and pruning, and protection work involving controlled burning, fire spotting and firefighting • carry out or supervise seed harvesting, propagation or cultivation of young trees • measure and select trees for felling and supervise logging operations to ensure compliance with forest policies and programmes • implement erosion and sediment controls • carry out or supervise the use of herbicides and insecticides to implement pest, weed and disease control • set up or assist with field trials associated with research projects and forest growth studies • enforce fire prevention regulations • supervise the construction and maintenance of forest access roads • issue licences and permits for recreation and the collection of some forest products • carry out investigations and assist with the prosecution of offenders • write reports and undertake other clerical work.

Working conditions for a Forest Technical Officer

Forest technical officers usually work in country areas and sometimes in isolated bush locations. They work irregular hours during emergencies such as bushfires. Those in administrative or research positions are usually based in larger centres.par Forest technical officers may be involved in forest operations, forest assessment and planning, or forest research. Those working in private industry may supervise logging activities.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 1.9%

NSW 25.5%

NT 1.1%

QLD 19.3%

SA 7.6%

TAS 2.7%

VIC 27.2%

WA 14.6%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 47%

Female 53%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 13%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 17.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 31.6%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 11.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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