Forest Technical Officer (WA)
Education and Training:
You can work as a forest technical officer without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in environmental monitoring and technology, conservation and land management or environmental management. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
You can also become a forest technical officer through a traineeship in Forest Growing and Management. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Alternatively, you can become a forest technical officer by studying a forestry-related area at university, such as biodiversity and conservation, environmental biology, wildlife and conservation biology, environmental management, environmental science, plant sciences or parks, recreation and heritage. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your WACE at Stages 2 and 3. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact Open Universities Australia or the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Some employers may require a current and valid drivers licence.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
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The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) employs graduates with VET or tertiary qualifications for positions as they arise. Most forest technical officers in WA are employed by DEC. A small number may be employed by private reafforestation (replanting) companies and woodchip and pulp manufacturers. Job opportunities are mainly centred in the south-west of WA.
Demand for forest technical officers depends on current and future demand for timber, as well as on government policies relating to forest management.
With experience and further training, there are opportunities for forest technical officers to progress to senior positions. When they arise, vacancies tend to attract a large number of applicants.
For Further Information:
Department of Environment and Conservation (WA)
Forest Industries Training Services
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