Three organisations currently provide forestry education and skills training courses in Ireland. These courses are full time, and are aimed at preparing students for a career in the forestry sector.
Almost 11% of Ireland is under forest, supporting a vibrant and export-oriented forest products sector. The forest industry comprising, growing, harvesting and processing of forest products makes a significant and growing contribution to the Irish economy.
You have options available in Ireland to study forestry at all levels, for one to four years. Start by reading the information provided on the courses in Teagasc, UCD and WIT.
Tony Lenighan works as a Forester with Western Forestry Co-operative Society Ltd. Tony decided to follow in his father's footsteps as he also works in the sector.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
Describe a typical day?
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
Some of the main challenges are to convince the farmers which aren’t 100 percent on for planting to plant, talking to local dwelling owners about forestry that particular don’t like the idea. Managing a few sites at the same time and organising workers to complete the work. Try getting the new application approved for afforestation scheme with the department is a slow process.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
The main aspects would be all the practical projects and reports we had as assessments in college, as I am able to put together maps for an afforestation process and having an understanding of the rules and regulations of the Forest Service schemes. Learning Excel and Word helps a lot with working faster and more efficiently in my job.
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?
The kind of work experience that I would think that would give you a good background for this position is to start at forest maintenance and planting with a forestry contractor to get a feel for what happens on the ground and to shadow a forester on a day to day basis for a period to see the range of activities they carry out.