YOUR CAREER AS A
RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Forestry science and research is a huge area with a wealth of opportunities for almost all maths, computer and science specialisation graduates in New Zealand.

Forestry research in New Zealand is led by one Crown Research Institute, Scion.

Most New Zealand scientists are now encouraged to work in close collaborations with other institutions too such as, Plant and Food Research,  Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation and Universities such as the University of Canterbury School of Forestry. Visit their websites to learn more about the type of work these organisations do and current vacancies. 

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

Degree and postgraduate qualifications

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Physically Demanding

May include some on-site work

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Absence from home

Varies with job

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

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:

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.

SIMILAR JOBS

CAREER PROGRESSION

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.