A Career in Forestry

May 28, 2015

A Career in Forestry



Leaving Certificate students interested in studying forestry at third level can use the CAO’s free online change-of-mind facility to apply for a course until July 1st.

Forest science is the scientific study of forest planning and management, animal and plant life, ecology and conservation. Waterford Institute of Technology and  University College Dublin offer three and four year degree programmes, reaching Level 7 and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The programmes are often quite practical with fieldwork and field trips providing graduates with essential technical and professional skills.

Joe Codd, Director of Sales at FEL, encourages anyone considering a career in Forestry to review their options before July 1st. Speaking about the sector, he noted that ‘ both these degree programmes can meet a shortage of degree-qualified foresters in Ireland and offer students a rewarding career in a growing industry.’ He continued, ‘the Irish Government have committed €482 million to increasing Ireland’s forest coverage to 17% by 2035, which is likely to create new opportunities for local employment’.

Over 16,000 people are currently employed in forestry in Ireland, predominately in rural areas. Forestry management incorporates a number of areas such as natural resource management and environmental planning; advisory services; native forest management, plantation establishment and management, and risk analysis. Employment opportunities in the forestry sector include:

  • Forest Estate Manager
  • Forest Operations Contractor
  • Forest Management Consultant
  • Forest Nursery Management
  • Roles with State and Development Agencies.

FEL forestry managers work closely with their clients throughout Ireland to provide services in Afforestation, Reforestation, Maintenance, Roading and Harvesting.