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


  • Monitors and patrols forests and parks to maintain grounds and prevent unauthorised entry.
  • Operates machinery used in the cultivation and management of trees.
  • Maintains watch for fires and operates firefighting equipment.
  • Builds and maintains forest roads.
  • Assists in the control of harmful diseases, pests or forms of wildlife.
  • Cuts coppice, removes tops of standing trees and lops branches as necessary.
  • Fells trees using axe or power saw and saws wood into required lengths.
  • Collects seeds, plants and prunes trees and selects and marks trees for felling.
  • Drains and ploughs land and erects and maintains fences as necessary.
  • Prepares ground for planting by clearing vegetation and other debris.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 15% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£24,056 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for forestry worker is £24,056

234 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 234. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for forestry worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,056 per year. That is about £2,005 per month or £12.34 per hour. New workers generally start on £10,143, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,295

Is it growing or declining?

This career has grown over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 234 people are employed in the region.

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