Agricultural and forestry scientist

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists are involved in the study, research and analysis of plants, farming and cultivation methods in order to improve and enrich forest and agricultural areas. Scientists will advise and work alongside agricultural stakeholders, including farmers, to further the agricultural industry and ensure long term growth and sustainability.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist and support data collection and analysis for project work
  • Gathering, collecting and maintaining samples and recording results
  • In-depth knowledge of farming techniques
  • Knowledge and awareness of soil and favourable conditions for crop production
  • Oversee and project manage research sites including budget management, equipment management and supervision of staff
  • Perform in-depth research on factors that may affect farm production such as disease and insect and pests related problems
  • Provide technical support and research knowledge

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Diagnosis and Analysis
  • Initiative / Resourcefulness
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Team Work Skills

Working conditions

Agricultural and Forestry Scientists typically spend their time between working outdoors completing investigations and field work and working within an office/laboratory environment. When completing field work, scientists can often work in remote and desolate places and depending on their research may have to work early mornings, late nights or on weekends.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia (APESMA)

Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
The peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals

Related jobs and job titles

  • Agricultural Advisor
  • Agronomist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Entomologist
  • Farming Scientist
  • Horticulture Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Soil Scientist

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