Jeremy Baldwin - From Logger To Forestry Supervisor With Waiariki

27 Feb 2015

Jeremy Baldwin is about to complete two years of study, graduating with the level 6 National Diploma in Forest Management to begin work as a harvesting supervisor. His journey from logger to supervisor is an interesting one.

Jeremy was born in Hastings but he spent most of his school years in the Scottish Highlands. His father was an air traffic controller and his family moved about a lot to follow work opportunities. Jeremy was always attracted to the outdoors and at the end of his schooling he enrolled on a one year practical forestry/chainsaw course at Inverness. He recalls memories of real Highland forestry, such as camping out and tree planting in a remote location on an estate in the Isle of Skye.

He returned to New Zealand at age 18 and for the next 5 years worked full-time in harvesting crews in the Hawke's Bay and Kinleith. He was mainly tree felling which he really enjoys, and the photo above left shows some of his handiwork with large radiata pine near Atiamuri. 

With time, Jeremy felt he had the potential to progress to the next level, so he enrolled on the two year Forest Management programme at Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua to continue studying. Jeremy admits it was a bit of a struggle adjusting to full-time study again, but he feels it has been a good learning curve and he has enjoyed the programme. Two years later, with his expanded forestry knowledge, computing skills, analysis and report writing skills to add to his practical experience, he feels ready to take the step up into supervising, though he acknowledges there will be a lot more learning to come.

On completion of the program he will begin work as a contract Harvesting Supervisor for Matariki Forest Trust/Rayonier in the Hawke's Bay. He will be supervising harvesting crews and his work will include log quality auditing, health and safety auditing and production monitoring. He is excited about the opportunity to fulfil his goal, and at the challenge his new role will offer. He hopes that with time and experience he may one day have the opportunity to be a harvest planner.

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