YOUR CAREER AS A
Harvest planners are responsible for all the technical work which precedes a forest harvest. This generally includes:
- GIS-based forest mapping
- working with roading engineers to plan harvest infrastructure such as roads and forest landings
- organising pre-harvest inventory (forest measurement)
- analysing inventory data to generate information about forest yield and value
- planning operations.
Planning to ensure operations meet environmental and health and safety standards is usually part of this role.
$55,000 – $80,000
Degree or Diploma
Mainly office: some on-site
Absence from home
Varies with employer
Harvest planners will generally need either:
- a diploma in forest management from Toi Ohomai
- a degree in forestry science or forest engineering from the University of Canterbury
- a degree/experience in GIS/statistics/environmental science or similar.
Skills include good technical knowledge of forestry, GIS, statistics/data analysis, and knowledge of relevant legal requirements such as the Resource Management Act. Also good communication, analytical and presentation skills are important.
This is likely to be a predominantly office-based role, although familiarity with the harvest area is essential.
Harvest planners have the opportunity to move into harvest management or specialist forest mapping/information management roles