YOUR CAREER AS A
SURVEY CREW MANAGER
Survey crew managers lead the teams of survey technicians who carry out the field survey work (sometimes called forest inventory). They work closely with forest managers and GIS specialists. This is a fast-developing area using a range of new technologies such as hand-held tools and satellite and drone imagery. Work could involve:
- planning surveys using GIS
- data handling/analysis
- training and managing survey technicians
- quality control of survey work in the field
- presentation of survey results and report writing
- working closely with forest and harvesting managers.
No specific qualifications required
Mix of office-based and on-site work
Absence from home
Varies with employer; Likely
No specific qualifications are required; however a tertiary qualification or experience in surveying or GIS, and/or data handing and analysis, will be valuable. An aptitude for new technology is essential, along with good people management skills.
The job involves a mix of office-based and on-site work, and could include long days spent in the forest, so a good degree of physical fitness is needed.
- Survey planner/GIS specialist
Survey crew managers could move into survey planning/GIS specialist roles, or potentially harvest planning and management with additional training.