Volunteer with us

The IFA/AFG is an active professional association and community.

At any one time there are over 50 volunteers serving the IFA/AFG as part of a committee, as a Director or on a project specific working group.

The benefits of volunteering with the IFA/AFG include:

  • Serving and assisting the forest profession and forest growing community
  • Extending your forestry networks and participate in a professional forestry community
  • Opportunities to develop skills and experience
  • Volunteering can assist with your professional and personal development
  • Growing your awareness of the issues and opportunities in the sector
  • Volunteering looks great on a resume!!

Volunteers can expect to participate in 4 – 5 committee meetings (face to face or via video conference) each year and on average spend two - three additional hours each month working in their areas of interest.  In line with good governance principles we are seeking individuals with a variety of skills and experiences.

If you are an IFA/AFG member and have a passion for the forestry profession or growing trees, the IFA invites you to consider volunteering for one of the following opportunities.

Call for Expressions of Interest – New members for the Future Foresters Initiative (FFI) committee

The Future Foresters Initiative (FFI) is a committee of the Institute of Foresters of Australia/Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG). Current membership of the committee includes students, researchers and early career forestry professionals, all of whom are passionate about forests, forestry education and leadership in the industry.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic young people to join the committee as new members, in order to help us achieve our objectives for 2020 and to contribute toward defining new goals for the future of our vibrant committee.

About the FFI 
The FFI was established as a platform for young and emerging foresters to connect with each other and the broader IFA/AFG community. FFI committee members meet via monthly conference calls outside of business hours to discuss how the IFA and industry are addressing issues of importance to young and emerging foresters. We also meet for a face to face planning day once each calendar year.
In particular, the FFI aims to support professional development by facilitating access to networking, mentoring and career development events. Additionally, a key role of the FFI is to engage broadly with the IFA/AFG board and its committees to advise them on key issues in the future of forestry, and to provide guidance in the direction of IFA/AFG strategies and activities. 

What we are looking for
The FFI committee meet annually for a planning day where we set our objectives for the year ahead, and we want you to be part of this! We also conduct monthly teleconference meetings to discuss progress on our objectives and other relevant matters and opportunities. If you are an early career forester or forestry student and would like to help pave the way for the next generation of foresters in Australia, the FFI committee is the perfect opportunity for you. 
The FFI is looking to expand the committee’s reach across Australia. Consequently, we strongly encourage applicants based in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and rural/regional areas working with the forest industry (however all applicants will be considered on their merits). The FFI also encourages applications from Indigenous Australians and other minority groups. 

How to apply 
Please send an Expression of Interest (EOI), and your Resume/CV to: futureforesters@gmail.com by close of business on Monday, 2nd March 2020 
Your EOI should be no more than 200 words, providing an outline of your: 

  • Background
  • Examples of your experience working as part of a committee or small team
  • Why you want to be a member of the committee
  • Your goals as a member of the committee

If you have any questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at futureforesters@gmail.com. 

Visit the website for more information  www.forestry.org.au/FFI


Victorian Native Forest Timber Harvesting Working Group

Following on from the Victorian Government Decision to phase out native forest harvesting, the IFA/AFG have established a Victorian Native Forest Timber Harvesting Working Group (VNFWG) to coordinate the IFA/AFG’s strategy and response.  The Working Group, Chaired by Board member Dr Bill Jackson, have commenced meeting and developing an appropriate response based on credible evidence that is consistent with the IFA/AFG science-based messaging and purposes.  

Click HERE to read the Working Group's Terms of Reference.

The Working Group is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from IFA/AFG Members, to fill up to two vacancies.  IFA/AFG members throughout Australia are invited to submit an EOI. 

 If you are interested in contributing to the Working Group, please email your details and a 200-word blurb on how you believe you can contribute to the Group to ceo@forestry.org.au before Thursday 30 January 2020.