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Forestry contractors are business owners who lead teams and may own millions of dollars worth of machinery and equipment.
Most forestry contractors have worked their way up through the ranks in silviculture or harvesting, and have proven management and leadership skills. Being a forestry contractor involves:
- business management and entrepreneurship skills
- seeking new business opportunities
- managing business risk
- leading teams of people
- planning and managing operations
- working closely with forest owners and managers
- meeting environmental and health and safety standards as part of core business.
$70,000 – $120,000+
Level 4 and above
Varies with role
Absence from home
Varies with role
Forestry contractors are generally highly experienced in their area of work and in a broad spectrum of forestry operations. Most will be trained to Level 4 and above. Skills and experience needed range from day-to-day operations management to investment planning, business and financial management, and staff management. Contractors need to be astute decision makers, good communicators, and problem solvers.
Ensuring all work meets health and safety and environmental compliance standards is a key part of a forestry contractor's responsibilities, so a sound understanding of all relevant legislation is essential.
Many contractors choose to increase their business size and scope over time, invest in more modern technology, and/or adopt innovative practices. Contractors can be certified by FISC under the Safetree Contractor Certification scheme, which confirms consistently high operational standards.