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Forest Managers manage the production activities of forestry operations.


  • determines, implements and monitors production strategies, policies and plans
  • plans details of production activities in terms of output, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements
  • controls the operation of production plant and quality procedures through the planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours, and supply of parts and tools
  • monitors production output and costs, adjusting the processes and resources to minimise costs
  • informs other managers about production matters
  • oversees acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment
  • directs research into production methods, recommending and implementing appropriate initiatives
  • controls preparation of production records and reports
  • co-ordinates the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements
  • directs staff activities and monitors their performance.


  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

To become a Forest Manager

  • You can work as a Forest Manager without formal qualifications, however, a course in forestry studies may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

    Take a Certificate III in Production Horticulture

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