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.
11.5% 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.
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Describe a typical day?
During a typical day, I will start by checking and replying to emails or letters. I could then be meeting clients or prospective clients who are interested in planting forestry, walk land which has been planted to see if it needs maintenance, look at land, meet contractors to organise getting work done, timber measurement, meet harvesting machine contractors, meet with Forest Service inspectors regarding problems etc, meet county council engineers regarding timber haulage routes or forest road building.
There is a large variety of things I may do on any day as there are no two days the same in forestry. I will always spend a minimum of one day in the office per week carrying out paperwork from afforestation approvals to felling licences. One very important task at the end of each week I find is to plan the coming week.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
The primary duties of my job are to plant and manage forestry for The Forestry Company. I liaise with existing clients and ensure that all their needs are met and try to solve any problems which they may have with their forestry. Every day I speak with the contractors which are carrying out work on sites which we manage and ensure that they have materials etc and know where to go next. I carry out any work which may need to be done on the ground such as inventory or ensuring that harvesting operations etc are running smoothly.
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