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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

About Forestry Ireland

About Forestry Ireland

Participants in Forestry Careers Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Forestry Divisions

DAFMThe Forestry Divisions of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are responsible for and involved in and a wide range of activity in support of the development of forestry and the forest sector within Ireland. DAFM’s aim is to support the development of the sector in a manner and to a scale that maximises its contribution to national socio-economic well-being on a sustainable basis that is compatible with the protection of the environment. Among DAFM’s responsibilities are its policy and legislative role; the provision and support for land owners of financial support for afforestation and forest road construction; forest health & protection; the National Forest Inventory; forest sector development activity; international forest policy and provision of support for forest research. Approximately 35 professional foresters are employed in DAFM across these areas.

Website: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/
Contact Email: Tom McDonald

Waterford Institute of Technology

WITWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is a university-level institution in the South-East of Ireland with over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff. WIT offers tuition and research programmes in various areas from Higher Certificate to Degree to PhD.

The Bachelor of Science in Forestry is a three year full-time degree programme and the Bachelor of Science in Land Management in Forestry is a one year top-up honours degree designed by WIT to meet the need in the rapidly developing Irish forest industry for practically skilled, technically proficient, professional foresters. The course uses an integrated schedule of lectures, field and laboratory practical classes, individual and group projects, work experience and applied short-term training courses. This programme of study will equip graduates with the essential competencies required to practice all facets of Sustainable Forest Management.

Contact information:

Tom Kent
Programme leader, BSc in Forestry
School of Science & Computing - Dept of Science
Waterford Institute of Technology
Main Campus Cork Road
Waterford City
Co. Waterford

Tel: +353 0 51302646
Email: TKENT@wit.ie
Web: https://www.wit.ie/courses/school/science/department_of_chemical_life_sciences/bsc_in_forestry

UCD Forestry

UCDThe UCD Forestry programme consists of four pillars: education, research, innovation and extension. UCD Forestry staff are active in all of these, at both a national and international level. UCD Forestry delivers the only QQI Level 8 Forestry degree programme in Ireland and this has a long and prestigious heritage dating back to 1927.

UCD is a research-intensive university and the UCD Forestry programme is no exception. Staff are actively engaged in research work, at a national and international level, which supports the large number of Research Masters and PhD students and Post-Doc researchers in UCD Forestry. Many of the outcomes of the research carried out at UCD Forestry result in innovative products and services, especially in relation to ICT and decision support systems.

Staff are also involved in the translation of their expertise and research findings for use by forestry practitioners, politicians and the general public. The staff play an important role by informing and educating decision makers, forest owners and managers, as well as the general public, based on scientific research findings.

Contact information:

Prof. Maarten Nieuwenhuis
UCD Forestry
Agriculture and Food Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: 01 716 7004
Email: maarten.nieuwenhuis@ucd.ie
Web: http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/ucdforestry/


Coillte are privileged to be custodians of 7% of Ireland’s land. Our forests and land now extend to over 440,000 hectares. Over the last 30 years, we have cared for and developed our estate and businesses while being firmly focused on maximising the financial and social potential of these natural resources in a sustainable way. We have three high potential businesses: Forestry, Land Solutions and Medite Smartply. Our Medite Smartply business is Ireland’s leading producer of innovative, environmentally friendly wood panel products and exports to 32 countries worldwide.

Forestry in Ireland has a history which stretches back almost 100 years but its development has accelerated since Coillte was established in 1989, when the company left the Civil Service and became a commercial semi state. We are enabling Government Policy to be implemented in key areas such as renewables, infrastructure, industrial development and tourism, all of which are leading to significant job creation and through our wind farms we are on track to deliver electricity to over 300,000 homes by 2019.

We want future generations to continue to enjoy our landscape and resources that is why we are committed to managing all our activities in a sustainable way and we play a critical role in mitigating the impacts of greenhouse gases and climate change


Veon is a forestry consultancy company specialising in all commercial forestry for all types of woodland owners.

Veon has been in business for over 25 years offering forest management services such as planting, road building, and harvesting to woodland estate owners, investors and farmers. We manage approximately 14,000 ha of forests throughout Ireland and Scotland. We have offices in Kerry, Wexford, Galway, Leitrim and Dublin. Our ethos is to manage our client’s forest properties to the highest standards adhering to best forestry practice. Our goal is to add value to our client’s investments by carrying out operations to the best of our ability with the best materials and using only competent contractors.

The Forestry Careers Ireland group comprises a forestry industry wide committee established to promote careers across the breadth of the forestry and forestry related sector.  The committee consists of representatives from Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Waterford Institute of Technology Forestry Programme, University College Dublin Forestry Programme, Coillte, Teagasc Forestry Development Department, Irish Forest and Forest Products Association and the Society of Irish Foresters.

Careers in the forestry sector are many and varied.  They cross the State, Semi-State and Private sectors.  They range from forest planning through forest management which includes forest establishment, silvicultural systems, inventory and harvesting and logistics. There are also careers in forest policy development and forestry promotion schemes, forest research and entomology, recreation and the environment, education and training, forest technology, sawmilling and panel production and forest consultancy including forest valuation and sales and marketing.  There are additional specialisms within each of these areas.  We invite students, parents, career guidance teachers and others to read the biographies of those with a cross section of careers in the forest sector.


Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. Teagasc operates in partnership with all sectors of the agriculture and food industry and with rural development agencies and has developed close alliances with research, advisory and training agencies throughout the world. Teagasc’s mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and wider bioeconomy so as to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.

The Teagasc Forestry Development Department is part of the Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme (CELUP) within the Research Directorate of Teagasc. It aims to drive and guide the expansion and development of the farm forestry sector in Ireland, in consultation with its stakeholders, so that it can maximize the potential of farm forestry from economic, social and environmental perspectives.

Contact us at

Email info@teagasc.ie

Web: www.teagasc.ie

Society of Irish Foresters

The Society of Irish Foresters - The Society of Irish Foresters is an all-island organisation which was founded inSeptember 1942. Its main aims are to spread knowledge of forestry and to improve professional standards in the Irish forest industry. To that end the Society publishes an annual scientific journal, organises four field days, two public lectures, conferences and an international study tour each year. The Society regularly makes submissions to government on policy initiatives which are likely to impact on the forest industry and it is represented on several interdepartmental working parties. Our Continuous Professional development (CDP) programme provides an opportunity for members to engage in the lifelong acquisition of knowledge and skills. The Society currently has almost 724 members, most of whom are professional foresters who work across the whole spectrum of Ireland’s forest industry. There are five categories of membership: Technical, Retired Technical, Associate, Student and Honorary.

Further information

m + 353 (0)86 2582240

e info@soif.ie www.societyofirishforesters.ie


CPD: https://societyofirishforesters.arlo.co/