Kelsey Johnson – Careers Advisory Panel Ambassador

Kelsey is an environmental forester working on the sustainability side of things, making sure our natural assets are looked after on plantations. She’s always been passionate about the environment, and her position allows her to find new ways to reduce our impact.

‘You just need to look at what opportunities are there and what opportunities you can create for yourself. It’s such a welcoming community, and from an industry level, everyone is quite knowledgeable and happy to share that knowledge

Kelsey says, ‘you just need to look at what you’re passionate about because, at the end of the day, the industry is a lot wider than people perceive it to be’. She explains that there are multi-levels within the industry and many different pathways you can take.

Kelsey studied environmental management and sustainability, but she says that formal qualifications are not always necessary in her industry:

‘Your traditional ways don’t really exist nowadays, there are often no formal qualifications or specific areas like forestry, but there are a lot of feeder jobs: planting crews, summer fire crews, spotters, harvesting crews, machine operators; there are a lot of ways into the industry.’

She never thought she would end up working in forestry, not realising there were opportunities for those focusing on sustainability practices. She soon realised it was so much more than just the processing side of things.

‘It is just about having an open mind and faith that you have more skills and knowledge than what you may initially think, and as long as you have the right attitude and are willing to learn, then you should give it a go.’