YOUR CAREER AS A
Forestry science and research is a huge area with a wealth of opportunities. A few examples of research areas include:
- microbiology and genomics
- forest productivity and health
- remote sensing and information technology
- innovative harvesting systems
- environmental and social research.
Forest research in New Zealand is led by two Crown Research Institutes, Scion and Landcare Research, and by the University of Canterbury School of Forestry. Visit their websites to learn more about the type of work these organisations do and current vacancies.
$55,000 – $115,000
Degree and postgraduate qualifications
May include some on-site work
Absence from home
Varies with job
Generally forestry researchers have a minimum of an Honours degree in a scientific subject, and many have or are working towards a postgraduate degree.
Skills required include:
- an open, inquiring mind
- technical aptitude
- statistical and analytical skills
- excellent writing and presentation skills
- attention to detail and patience.
Depending on the area of research, scientists can be desk-based, work in the laboratory, and/or spend time out in the forest or in other research environments such as forest nurseries.
See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.
Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.