Amy Robinson worked with Rayonier Matariki Forests for 11 years – spending the last two as production manager, based in Invercargill.
As production manager, Amy’s job was to make sure the logs were safely harvested from the forest and transported to their destination on time, all the while keeping her customers happy!
Growing up in Timaru, Amy studied forestry “on a bit of a whim” at the University of Canterbury, but she hasn’t looked back!
“The thing I love about forestry is that no two days are the same – you’re always doing something different,” says Amy. And her career history proves her point – from her first job managing a logging crew, Amy has been involved with all aspects of operations from harvest planning to planting and silviculture (pruning and thinning) and most recently production management.
Now Amy is about to take the next step in her career, moving to a more technical role at Ernslaw One.
There she’ll be looking at ways to add value to the company’s forests across New Zealand, including managing a forest service team responsible for mapping and inventory management, as well as forest estate planning.
Amy is motivated by the sense of achievement she gets from her work.
“Working in forestry you meet so many different people – from wood scientists to sawmill operators to the crews out in the forest – but they are all focused on the same thing, getting the best out of the forest.”
You can watch this video about Amy to find out more about what it’s like to be a production manager at Rayonier Matariki.
And if you think you might be interested in a career in forestry, take a look at ForestryCareers.nz.