There has never been a better time to consider a career in forestry. Scotland’s woodland cover is increasing from 19% to 23% by 2032 with ambitious planting targets set out by Scottish Government to tackle climate change, provide sustainable jobs and to support the Scottish economy.

Scotland’s forestry sector is worth £1 billion annually and provides employment for approximately 25,000 people – this number will grow like the trees and woodlands.

Forestry is a long term, green industry. Foresters must think to the future because trees that are planted today will be growing for the next 25, 50, 100 years!

If you would like to find out more information about working in forestry, take a look at the following websites:

Scottish Forestry – Starting out in forestry

What we do – Forestry and Land Scotland


There are a number of roots/routes into a rewarding career in forestry

The OWL Scotland YouTube channel has a selection of videos relating to careers in forestry.

If you would like to work outdoors, then it’s a good idea to get outdoors! Wear appropriate outdoor clothes for the weather conditions. Check the forecast before you go.

Learn how to read a map, drive a car and make your own packed lunch – all key skills.

Completing a first aid course could also come in handy.

English, Maths, Biology

Geography, Chemistry, Environmental Science

Engineering, Business Management, Computer Science

Design, Electronics ,Wood or metal work

This is not a definitive list so if you are thinking about working in forestry or a career change, please contact us and we can provide advice. Forestry is a diverse and dynamic area so there is a great need for people with different skills and experience.

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