Future foresters talking up careers

Friday 10 May 2019

As part of their mission to promote all aspects of forestry, New Zealand’s Future Foresters have spearheaded the “forestry collective” stand at the recent Rotorua Careers Expo. The expo ran over two days this week with its purpose to showcase available careers in the region to over 2000 primary and secondary school students. An incredible effort from local members and their employers leading up to the event meant that the forestry collective had the largest, most interactive, and most relevant stand at the Expo.

The local Future Foresters group (supported by forestry companies and Toi Ohomai) ran competitions, spoke passionately about the industry to interested students and shared their personal forestry stories and advice on potential career paths in all aspects of the industry.

This could not have been achieved without the impressive and diverse bunch of Future Foresters who kindly donated their time and enthusiasm to share their passion about forestry. We can safely say that the two days was a huge success and would be one of the best efforts to showcase the opportunities of the industry to the local students in the region to date.

Feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. What largely piqued their interest was the ability to work outdoors, staying away from a typical office 9-5 job, and the ability to be out in nature and enjoy the physical aspects of the work. Nearly all the kids the group spoke to appreciated Aotearoa’s unique landscapes and the ability to make parts of these landscapes their places of work, especially given that a large portion of the population don’t get the chance to make the forest their worksite!

All in all, this was a hugely successful event. The group acknowledges the support of all the companies involved: Kaingaroa Timberlands, PF Olsen, Port Blakely, Rayonier, Hancock Forest Management, Toi Ohomai. Also, a big thanks to all the passionate and dedicated Future Foresters who turned up and helped out in whatever way possible.

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