Future faces of forestry

We are passionate about showcasing the many, varying pathways you can take with a career in forestry

Alfred Duval   Regional Forester  Alfred is a smiling environmental warrior who passionately talks about life and its ups and downs and loves a challenge. From an urban background in Christchurch comes an early to mid-late twenties man who is set on trying to change the modern face of forestry (along with his dog and trusty sidekick – Luna). He wants to challenge what is perceived as a day to day work environment from that boring old nine to five, dispassionate thing you do to sustain your weekend. To where each day evokes a passion to create positive change and a desire to be part of the new age of forestry thinking combining environmentalism with business in true sustainability.  Alfred got into forestry because he is an environmentalist, but also because he realised forestry combines this with the ability to learn business and have a career from loving trees. This ability to promote trees, manage landscapes, influence change, and make bank made it an easy career choice.  A day to day schedule for Alfredo starts with a trip across Tauranga Harbour to Matakana Island, followed by a walk and measurement of thriving radiata, popping by some scientific trials and flying his company drone to map or video environmental coastal and native areas. On the next day he might be off to Rotorua to chat with local experts in plant health or get advice on how to perform the best pest control and create bird habitat corridors, whilst stopping by at another forest for a look at some silvicultural tending operations (and potentially a cheeky coffee meeting at the wholefoods café en route).  Always up for a chat, a chinwag, and a good old convo be sure to stop and say gidday if you ever see him on the streets. Be aware he’s a busy man, but boy will you leave feeling like you’ve accomplished something without actually ever talking about anything important.

Alfred Duval

Regional Forester

Alfred is a smiling environmental warrior who passionately talks about life and its ups and downs and loves a challenge. From an urban background in Christchurch comes an early to mid-late twenties man who is set on trying to change the modern face of forestry (along with his dog and trusty sidekick – Luna). He wants to challenge what is perceived as a day to day work environment from that boring old nine to five, dispassionate thing you do to sustain your weekend. To where each day evokes a passion to create positive change and a desire to be part of the new age of forestry thinking combining environmentalism with business in true sustainability.

Alfred got into forestry because he is an environmentalist, but also because he realised forestry combines this with the ability to learn business and have a career from loving trees. This ability to promote trees, manage landscapes, influence change, and make bank made it an easy career choice.

A day to day schedule for Alfredo starts with a trip across Tauranga Harbour to Matakana Island, followed by a walk and measurement of thriving radiata, popping by some scientific trials and flying his company drone to map or video environmental coastal and native areas. On the next day he might be off to Rotorua to chat with local experts in plant health or get advice on how to perform the best pest control and create bird habitat corridors, whilst stopping by at another forest for a look at some silvicultural tending operations (and potentially a cheeky coffee meeting at the wholefoods café en route).

Always up for a chat, a chinwag, and a good old convo be sure to stop and say gidday if you ever see him on the streets. Be aware he’s a busy man, but boy will you leave feeling like you’ve accomplished something without actually ever talking about anything important.

 
Acacia Famery  Establishment Forester  Acacia’s job is all about growing the next generation. She plans, manages and budgets a wide range of establishment operations from mechanical land prep, spraying, planting etc. She loves that every day is different and involves equal time out in the field and in the office. A huge part of Acacia’s job is working with all sorts of people and spinning many yarns, which suits her to a T.

Acacia Famery

Establishment Forester

Acacia’s job is all about growing the next generation. She plans, manages and budgets a wide range of establishment operations from mechanical land prep, spraying, planting etc. She loves that every day is different and involves equal time out in the field and in the office. A huge part of Acacia’s job is working with all sorts of people and spinning many yarns, which suits her to a T.

 
Sheridan Ashford   Commercial Operations Manager    Sheridan is what we call a 'Queen-street-forester'. After spending time working in Kaingaroa forest she decided that she preferred boardrooms to work-boots and flat-whites to cups of tea out of the thermos. The world of forestry exports is fast paced & dynamic- just the way she likes it.    Every day for Sheridan is different and poses a unique set of challenges. An integral part of her role is travelling around NZ managing various port operations and understanding forest export products from the guys on the ground to the global market drivers that influence her job. Not only is she racking up her airpoints (some say her second office is the Koru lounge), Sheridan is building diverse relationships as she spends time with a wide range of industry folk throughout NZ.    Like the majority of forestry exports that Sheridan manages, she gets to cross the Asia-Pacific and tour the land of Pandas and Dim Sum (all for work too!). Getting over to China, experiencing the dynamic culture, visiting and exploring this key market, and spending time with beloved customers is all part of her role in export operations.    Who said foresters were just a chainsaw and a hi-viz out in the wops?!

Sheridan Ashford

Commercial Operations Manager

Sheridan is what we call a 'Queen-street-forester'. After spending time working in Kaingaroa forest she decided that she preferred boardrooms to work-boots and flat-whites to cups of tea out of the thermos. The world of forestry exports is fast paced & dynamic- just the way she likes it.

Every day for Sheridan is different and poses a unique set of challenges. An integral part of her role is travelling around NZ managing various port operations and understanding forest export products from the guys on the ground to the global market drivers that influence her job. Not only is she racking up her airpoints (some say her second office is the Koru lounge), Sheridan is building diverse relationships as she spends time with a wide range of industry folk throughout NZ.

Like the majority of forestry exports that Sheridan manages, she gets to cross the Asia-Pacific and tour the land of Pandas and Dim Sum (all for work too!). Getting over to China, experiencing the dynamic culture, visiting and exploring this key market, and spending time with beloved customers is all part of her role in export operations.

Who said foresters were just a chainsaw and a hi-viz out in the wops?!

 
Adrian Loo   Forest Manager- Procurement   Adrian's secret to purchasing woodlots is good coffee and great chat. It’s all about relationships and making a connection in Adrian's role. Honesty and integrity goes a long way in this position as does an interesting personality. Whether its talking to owners, communicating with contractors or just doing paperwork in the office, Adrian always ensures its done with a smile and a couple of entertaining one liners up his sleeve. Being employed by a smaller company requires a wide range of jobs to be done across all aspects of the business. For Adrian this is a dream as it keeps each day interesting and fights off the risk of work becoming a mundane 9-5 job.

Adrian Loo

Forest Manager- Procurement

Adrian's secret to purchasing woodlots is good coffee and great chat. It’s all about relationships and making a connection in Adrian's role. Honesty and integrity goes a long way in this position as does an interesting personality. Whether its talking to owners, communicating with contractors or just doing paperwork in the office, Adrian always ensures its done with a smile and a couple of entertaining one liners up his sleeve. Being employed by a smaller company requires a wide range of jobs to be done across all aspects of the business. For Adrian this is a dream as it keeps each day interesting and fights off the risk of work becoming a mundane 9-5 job.