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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February 2020

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Forest Products Commission Forester Alannah gave an insight into her job and why she loves working in forestry.

How did you get into forestry?

I got into forestry via my undergraduate degree. I studied environmental management.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

A typical workday as an Operations Officer is essentially managing our harvest operations in the South West and also being involved in tree marking and applying the silvicultural prescriptions.

What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job is working with like-minded people who are very passionate and interested in what they do and achieving the principles of ecologically sustainable forest management. I’m also really keen to be working in the outdoors and being able to get into the botany, the ecology and just being able to really adapt our forest to a drying climate.

What would you say to other women thinking about a career in science?

Do what you love and are really passionate about.

For me it was just a case of being able to implement the science behind the silviculture. If you want to pursue a career in science, forestry is a great opportunity.