Forestry Careers

A career in Forestry allows you to choose from a diverse range of fields such as forestry operations, sustainability, logistics, GIS mapping, marketing, supply chain management and information technology.

Working at NML

Employing more than 600 people, directly and indirectly (our contractors), from the forest floor to the management floor, Nelson Management Ltd (NML) is one of the region’s largest employers.

At NML we believe that our people are central to the success of our business.  We recognise this in a variety of ways.

– Training and development opportunities

– Incentive programmes

– Employee life insurance cover

– KiwiSaver employer contributions

– Study assistance

We think forestry is a great career with a diverse range of opportunities for you.  Read more about the kind of opportunities that are on offer below.

Kristie Paki Paki 

Kristie is a Harvest Planner with Nelson Management Ltd. Kristie’s job is to work out how to access the block of forest for harvesting when the trees have reached a certain age, apply for consents and extracting the trees.  Kristie works a lot in the forest but returns to the office to carry out mapping, reporting and costing analyses.

For Kristie the combination of a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury and her work experience with Nelson Management Ltd during university holidays  meant she was well prepared to take on the job she just loves doing.

Our tertiary scholarship programme

NML’s tertiary scholarship programme provides funding and work experience for up to four students at any one time.  Scholarships can be awarded for up to five years of study per participant.

If you would like to be considered for one of our scholarships please send us your letter of application and include what course of study you are considering.  Please also provide a current CV and your academic results with your application.

Applications close 31 August each year.

Please direct your application and any questions to Jenny van Workum, phone +64 3 543 8115 Ext 827 or email . Visit the Scholarships page.

Scholarship recipient Jacob Fairhall

“Receiving a scholarship has been a huge help. My study schedule means that I can only work in the summer so the money that I am able to save helps with fees and rent throughout the year. Accruing work experience each year also helps Jacob to acquire the hours of work needed for him to complete the professional requirements of his engineering degree. “Working with Nelson Forests completely reinforces what I learn at University and also gives me a real head start with some of my academic learning. This year, what we studied followed on from what I had learnt on the job last summer.”

Jacob was first introduced to forestry at Marlborough Boys College. “My forestry teacher recommended Nelson Management as a good company to work for and set up a contact for me to meet with to find out more,” says Jacob. “I knew then that I wanted to do engineering and forest engineering really appealed to me because you’re not stuck in an office all the time.”

The opportunity to work outdoors, including working with a ground-based harvesting crew, has been fantastic. “I’ve had the opportunity to experience all aspects of the Nelson Management business. I’ve loved everything that I’ve done. I really enjoy harvest planning but it’s been great doing quality control and log making with the harvesting crew this summer.” Jacob Fairhall

On the job learning

If you prefer to learn while you earn you can study with industry training organisation Competenz. Competenz courses provide module-based, on the job learning and when you have successfully completed your study you will have a nationally-recognised qualification.