Forestry Australia Mentoring Program

Perpetual – 9 Month Course Program

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship which involves a more experienced person helping a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals. Mentoring relationships can be developed spontaneously or via a formally facilitated program. In setting up this program Forestry Australia believes that mentoring can be an important intervention at any point in a person’s career.

Objective

The objective of the program is to design and implement a mentoring capability framework to support effective and sustainable knowledge transfer and skill acquisition across all aspects of the modern professional forestry practice.

A mentor provides support, a sounding board, knowledge, encouragement, guidance, and constructive feedback to the mentee by developing a genuine interest in the growth of their skills, abilities and talents, and approach to professional life.

A mentee actively seeks support and guidance in their career and professional development from an experienced person. A mentee always has ultimate responsibility for their career and professional development. The relationship is based upon encouragement, constructive feedback, openness, mutual trust, respect, and a willingness to learn and share.

Introduction

The aim of this program is to provide a framework for the basis on which mentors and mentees participate. Each mentor and mentee pair will communicate, interact, and achieve their mentoring program goals differently – in the way that best suits their pair.

The program is intended to facilitate, not restrict, the participation of mentors and mentees and enable them to explore the great opportunities created when two personalities collide.

There is no cost to participate in the program and is offered as a member benefit of Forestry Australia.

Program purpose

The program will provide a forum for experienced forestry professions, to work with recent graduates, early career, and later career professionals to develop an on-going relationship by meeting regularly and discussing matters relating to professional development within an organised and supportive framework.

Objective

To link mentors and mentees with a suitable partner and support the principle of life-long learning and knowledge sharing.

Participant eligibility

The majority of program participants, mentors and mentees, will be Forestry Australia members although specialist mentors outside of the organisation may be sought from time to time.

Mentors

Mentors will ideally have at least 5 years’ work experience. Mentors will have excellent communication skills, particularly listening, a desire to contribute to the future of the forestry profession and the time to commit for the duration of the program.

Mentees

Typically, mentees may be students or recent graduates with less than 5 years’ experience. Despite the above and importantly, any member of Forestry Australia can be a mentor or mentee as we acknowledge that a career contains many twists and turns, including sector changes, career breaks and exposure to new technologies.

Confidentiality for Mentors and Mentees

Topics discussed by mentors and mentees may be a personal opinion or of a sensitive or controversial nature, therefore strict confidentiality must be maintained between mentors and mentees. By signing the Mentoring Program Agreement (attached) the mentor and mentee agree to maintain confidentiality.

Details – Information for potential participants

In January Forestry Australia will be launching 9-month, perpetual mentoring program that will run from March to November each year.

More information about the mentoring program applications will be available in January 2022.

Once you have been expressed interest in the program, you will be sent a link to make your formal application. This application includes a brief biography of your career so far, your skills set, a couple of ice breakers – what are your interests away from the industry and what you are looking for from the program so we can make the most suitable match for you.

You will then be notified of your acceptance and your mentee/mentor so you can get underway.

We’ll also provide you with all the materials you will need to guide you throughout the program.

Mentoring Committee

Jim Wilson (Chair)
Teagan Brown
Brendan Foster
Pat Groenhout
Braden Jenkin
Patrick McCarthy
Jan Newport