WEBINAR: Careers in Forestry

Date: Thursday 23 February
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm (AEDT)
RFP CPD points: 1.5

A career in Forestry is  dynamic, rewarding and varied. This webinar will provide information for students and recent graduates throughout Australia to provide them with insights about what a career in Forestry or Land Management might look like, and how to plan their careers in this exciting sector. Our line-up of speakers will share their experiences and tips on how to get an opportunity in the sector, how to approach a job interview and the skills required to have a successful career.

What does a career in the forestry sector look like?
Adele, Remsoft

Reflecting on 20 years’ experience in the forestry sector Adele will share an overview of her career. From working for small service providers, research organisation, to large corporate growers. Roles as varied as measuring trees and pulling fire hoses to GIS, supervising large machines, staff management, interpreting contracts to modelling, and data management. Adele will comment on what attracted her to forestry and what has kept her in the industry. She will conclude with some thoughts on what she wished she had known when she started out.

Forestry, Endless Opportunities
Gavin Livingston, AKD
Gavin will discuss the path he took from his education journey to the career he established in the forestry sector across different states and companies. He’ll reflect on key lessons learnt, his recommendations for others and why you should consider a career in the forestry sector if you are undecided.

Work smart and keep your hands dirty: reflections of a field practitioner who really likes maps
Michael Hansby, The Taungurung Land and Water Council
This presentation will outline Michael’s career in the forestry sector, focusing on lessons learnt from almost 20 years in the field and the insight gained by combining this experience with smart technology, such as remote sensing, imagery interpretation and digital data capture.

Applying for a role: application tips
Chantal Dalli, FCNSW

Being in recruitment for over 10 years, Chantal has developed the skills, knowledge and experience to provide candidates with tips when applying for roles, and what management and recruiters look for in the recruitment process.

This presentation will go through tips when applying for a role at FCNSW to help provide you with knowledge on the recruitment process, along with providing a take away Application Guide. In addition, Chantal will discuss what we are currently doing in recruitment at FCNSW in line with our corporate strategy.

Registration: (Inc. GST)
Forestry Australia Member: $0 | Non-Member: $0
Registrations close: Wednesday 22 February at 10:00am (AEDT)


Adele is the Manager of Projects & Solutions in the Asia Pacific region for Remsoft. Remsoft is an analytics software company specialising in forestry optimisation and planning solutions, known most widely for Woodstock optimisation suite.

Adele has 20 years experience working in the plantation forest industry in Australia and New Zealand, across a wide range of roles spanning many different aspects of forest management.

Gavin Livingston

Gavin is a forestry professional currently working as a Silvicultural Forester for AKD Softwoods, based in Colac, Victoria. In his 6 plus years of working in the forestry sector Gavin has held a range of roles in both native and plantation forestry. Gavin is a long time supporter of Forestry Australia having held state division committee roles in Tasmania (his home state) and Victoria (where he resides now).

Gavin is passionate about the future of the industry especially in finding and nurturing the next generation of foresters to support the diverse sector and industry.

Michael Hansby

Michael is an experienced forest management practitioner with a demonstrated history of working across private and public land tenure, both nationally and internationally. Michael has built a career focusing on the technical aspects of forest management and specialises in remote sensing, vegetation mapping, fire and forest management planning and native forest silviculture.

Michael has sound experience in working in the tropical pacific, namely Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, where he has lead complex biocultural assessments to inform sustainable development. In the capacity he is a registered High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) practitioner and internationally recognised (licensed) High Conservation Value (HCV) Lead Assessor.

He is currently working for the Taungurung Land and Water Council in the capacity of ‘Reading Country Manager’. This role sees him working with the Cultural Land Management team to develop and implement culturally appropriate land management practice on Taungurung Country.

Chantal Dalli

Chantal has been at FCNSW for one year and has over 10 years experience in recruitment and 16 years in customer service. Her career started in hospitality, working in hotels from 2005 – 2011. With a passion for helping others, she decided to study again and obtain a Diploma in Human Resources Management. She then obtained her first HR role as a HR Assistant, working a part time role in a hotel, whilst doing her Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Chantal then moved to Melbourne (with its well-known events and hospitality scene) and landed her first role in Recruitment for Spotless, recruiting for various sites such as MCG, corporate sites, educational, hospital and aged care facilities, along with events such as AFL Grand Final and Spring Racing Carnival.
After 2 years, Chantal moved back to Sydney, obtained a role with Sodexo and got head hunted for a role at Downer.

After a redundancy, she decided to explore HR more broadly and obtained a HR generalist position at Lifeline Australia. Since then, Chantal has been doing some contract work before obtaining full time employment here as a Talent Business Partner at FCNSW. Passionate about candidate management, Chantal enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained over the years to help others apply for roles.

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