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Robert Windle, Forest Inspector
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Robert Windle, Forest Inspector

Robert Whindle is a Forest Inspector for the Forest Service. Robert's job enables him to travel around Ireland for half of his working week where he carries out field and desk inspections of applications for different forestry schemes and felling licences.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Applying for, and securing a position with the Forest Service on the National Forest Inventory.

How did you go about getting your current job?

I applied through www.publicjobs.ie.

Describe a typical day?

Carry out field and desk inspection of applications for the different forestry schemes and felling licences.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Assess all applications for forestry consents, licences and schemes. Ensure tree felling and forest replanting takes place in accordance with the Forestry Act 2014. Carry out compliance inspections with reference to ISPM No. 15 wood packaging standards and Forest Reproductive Material.

What are the main challenges?

A job in the Forest Service presents many challenges, everything from assessing the eligibility of afforestation applications to the different forestry schemes, to forest health surveys, to being involved in reviewing the national Forestry Programme. You need to be an excellent people person with good communication skills, with knowledge of everything from ecology, geology, hydrology, silviculture, engineering, national and international forest policies and legislation, the list is endless.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

I have excellent knowledge of a variety of different subjects that I need in the day to day workings of my job.

What is your education to date?

National Diploma in Science in Forestry, Waterford Institute of Technology (now called the Bachelor of Science in Forestry) Bachelor of Science in Land Management in Forestry, WIT

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

All aspects of the forestry programmes at WIT have proven vital in my career to date. Iíd honestly say I have used 95% of everything I was taught in college.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Securing a job that allows me to get out and about Ireland two or three days a week. Being a part of the Irish delegation that represented the EU at the United Nations Forum on Forestry in Istanbul, Turkey.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

I am never frightened of a new challenge and with a job like mine; there are always new challenges around the corner.

What is your dream job?

I have it.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Very much so, there is a lot of driving involved throughout the country which I donít mind and the job has no real drawback and poses new challenges all the time.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Make sure you get at least a 2.2 or better in your honours degree, as it will open more doors for your career prospects.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

1. Excellent forestry knowledge. 2. Hard working 3. Honesty

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

I have completed further training in Geographical Information Systems.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Work at anything to do with forestry, the more experience that a candidate brings to a job interview the better chance they have of getting the job.

What is your current job title?

Forest Inspector, Forest Service

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