Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough have over 100,000 hectares of planted production forests growing mostly Radiata Pine for commercial timber production, used for the construction of doors, window frames, fencing, flooring and so on.

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Forestry plantations and sawmills are spread all around New Zealand and in our region are located throughout Tasman and Marlborough, both making use of Port Nelson for exports.

Roles in Forestry

Forestry offers a range of jobs from silviculture (planting, pruning, thinning of the trees) to logging, wood processing and manufacturing (including saw-milling).

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Wood Processing

Wood processing jobs are available year-round. They include saw-milling (turning logs into rough sawn timber or boards) wood product manufacturing and timber dressing. The roles can involve sorting, stacking, grading timber and record keeping.


Trees are harvested by experienced logging workers. Harvest work slows down during planting season as forestry workers may step in to help at peak planting times.


Silviculture roles are in highest demand between May and September, which is when planting happens, and then pruning and general maintenance occurs during other months.

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