Forestry operations support over 650 000 of South Africa’s rural population through employment and provision of ecosystem services and livelihoods. Sustainably managed indigenous forests and plantations secure and support healthy functioning ecosystems, sustainable economies and growth and consequently livelihoods, both directly and indirectly. Arboricultural farming is the cultivation and management of trees, shrubs and woody plants within the forestry sector.
Arboricultural farm managers work on site in forestry plantations and spend some time in an office environment. They can work long hours, particularly during harvesting seasons. They may collaborate with forest scientists or engineers to increase production yields or to determine unknown tree diseases.
Arboricultural farm managers require a comprehensive understanding of the forestry life cycle and plantation practices. They also must be knowledgeable about forestry management regulations and compliance, and can also benefit from:
Direct and coordinate forestry activities
Monitor forestry market activity and plan production to meet contract requirements and market demand
Analyse soil to determine type and quantities of fertilizer required
Establish and manage budgets, monitoring output and farming costs
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Forestry at NMU, SU and Univen
M.Sc. in Forest Management and the Environment at UP
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Forestry at NMU
Diploma in Forestry at Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute
Timber plantations and sawmill organisations.
Private forestry and preservation companies.