• Passionate about forestry?
  • Thinking about the future of your forestry career?
  • Interested in developing goals and strategies with an experienced professional who has been where you are now?
  • Wanting to expand your forestry networks and connections?
  • A forester or forestry leader looking to share your knowledge, invest in the future of the sector and help others by becoming a mentor?

Building on the success of our 2022 inaugural Mentoring Program, Forestry Australia will be opening applications for our 2023 Mentoring Program on 15 December 2022, and will close Midnight 30 January 2023.

The program is FREE for Forestry Australia members to apply.

If you aren’t currently a Forestry Australia member but would like to become one, go to our Membership Page for more information,
or contact Jodi Duiker at membership@forestry.org.au

Become a Forestry Australia Member today by downloading the Membership Form HERE


A mentoring relationship is a powerful development experience that can deliver personal and professional benefits for both mentors and mentees.

Forestry Australia’s mentoring program runs for 9 months and is designed to establish connections within the forestry sector by pairing experienced forestry professionals with those who are seeking to evolve their career. Engagement and connection can be in person or online, whatever works for you.

The program has been developed around a framework and tool kit of resources which will support participants to ensure effective and sustainable knowledge transfer, skill acquisition and maintaining momentum for all participants.

Mentors and Mentees are encouraged to invest one hour a month at minimum to meet plus additional time to prepare for each meeting including goal setting, pre-reading, planning and reflection activities.

We are never too young or too old to benefit from mentoring.
We believe that anyone can benefit from the offerings of the Forestry Australia Mentoring Program, at any age and at any stage of their career.

For more information about the program, please access the 2023 Mentoring Program Handbook.

2023 Mentoring Program Handbook


2023 Applications Open 15 December 2022
2023 Applications Close 30 January 2023
Mentoring e-Introductions & Program Launch 27 February 2023
Mentor & Mentee Information Sessions 1 & 2 March 2023
2023 Program Close1 December 2023 1 December 2023

*In 2023 we will also be including Mentor and Mentee events throughout the program.


Applications for the 2023 Mentoring Program are now closed.

Each applicant will receive a confirmation email that their application has been received.
Mentoring pairs will be confirmed by email on Friday 24 February 2023 ready for program commencement.

If you have any enquiries regarding your application, or would like to know more for the 2024 program, please contact Jodi Duiker on the details below.


“Connecting with a young forester was very engaging and exciting and gave me a spark of enthusiasm. The resources packs were great personal reminders of best practice.”
2022 Mentor

“I came into the program feeling like I needed to help and give back to the industry. However, I’ve really personally enjoyed being part of this program and I didn’t expect the personal benefits to have been as enriching as they have been” 
2022 Mentor

“It’s good to carve out time from busy jobs to reflect on where you are, how you operate and where you want to get to. Set realistic goals and be kind to yourself about your level of achievement. [There were] so many nuggets of gold about leadership and how you relate to others” 
2022 Mentee

“Excellent opportunity, I learnt a lot, thank you!” 
2022 Mentee

“My Mentor was brilliant, through the connection I have learnt how to become more specific with my goals, and what is required to reach them. My mentor helped me to refine my resume and interviewing skills, and gave me a true confidence in my knowledge and how to effectively communicate it. The program has left me with stronger networks within the sector, a clearer sense of my goals, and a greater confidence in myself as a professional.”
2022 Mentee

Jodi Duiker
Mentoring Program Administration
E: admin@forestry.org.au
P: 03 7065 4253

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