The forestry sector plays a key role in the South African economy contributing just over 10% from plantations and 5% from related value chain industries. It employs approximately 165 000 people, from growing timber to processing primary and by-products and all related services. Managing forestry operations involves the design and control of wood production processes and by-products.
Forestry operations managers are most often stationed in rural forestry settings where they work with diverse groups of forestry personnel. They work mainly work in an office environment and will often undertake site inspections across plantations.
Forestry operations managers must have a comprehensive and sound understanding of the operations of a plantation and associated production processes and a working knowledge of legislation and policy regarding land and resource use, coupled with:
Direct and coordinate activities such as planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting and grading
Inspect plantations and fields to determine maturity dates of crops or estimate crop damage due to pests or weather
Monitor agricultural and forestry market activity and plan production
Establish and manage budgets, monitor production output and 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.