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Like many other primary industries, forestry is increasingly dependent on information technology. This includes the usual office-based technology, networks between offices and remote workers, and also an ever-increasing range of high-tech tools used in the forest for measuring and analysis. Examples of some of the technology used include:
- aerial imagery, including LiDAR and satellite imagery
- UAVs (drones) for a wide range of applications
- hand-held data capturing devices
- GPS and GIS linked systems
- sophisticated forest management software packages.
Forest managers and their teams need responsive IT support and training like never before!
$50,000 – $80,000
Tertiary IT qualification or experience
Absence from home
A tertiary qualification in IT or similar experience is needed. IT specialists working in forestry will need to be versatile, and able to work with a range of networks, software, GIS, GPS and aerial technology. An interest in new technology will be essential, and willingness to adapt to rapid changes.
IT specialists need a combination of technical skills and good communication and people management. Training other staff may be a key component of this role.
Some field work may be needed, adding to job variety.
- IT skills are highly transferable and with significant ongoing change there are always new opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities to move to more senior IT roles or management positions in IT.