Georgia Paulson

Georgia Paulson graduated with a Diploma in Forest Management in April and loves her job as a Harvest Forester

Travel Pays Off For Forestry Graduate

Living in Gisborne, Georgia Paulson wasn’t going to let a commute to Rotorua every week stop her achieving her goal of gaining a Diploma in Forest Management.

The eight-hour round trips and Georgia’s tenacity paid off. Having graduated in April this year,  Georgia’s career is off to a flying start, working for Forest Enterprises in Gisborne as Harvest Forester.

Her job requires her to supervise the Gisborne harvesting crews, including overseeing daily operations such as environmental management, health and safety, as well as production and log quality. 

Georgia says she is glad she did the Diploma because she has a job she loves.

“I spend most of my time in the forest but also have a balance of office time too.”

With a dad who has a 30-year career in forestry, Georgia had been working in logging crews off-and-on since she was 15. But she wasn’t always sure she wanted to follow him into the industry.

Georgia went to university after high school, like many others. However, it didn’t take long for Georgia to figure out that she wasn’t ready to commit to a career decision at the age of 18. 

So, she went travelling instead and worked in administration in the UK for a couple of years.

When she returned to New Zealand, Georgia got a job with East Coast logging company, Blackstump Logging. It was while working for Blackstump that she realised just how much she loved working in the bush.

But Georgia also knew she wanted a qualification to broaden her career options. So she enrolled in the New Zealand Diploma in Forest Management (Level 6), in Gisborne.

After completing the first year of the diploma, Georgia committed to attend weekly classes in Rotorua to complete the second and final year.

Georgia says she enjoyed working for Blackstump Logging while learning about the operational aspects of the forestry industry, as well as helping out with the health and safety side. 

Wanting to improve her career prospects, Georgia decided to commit to travelling from Gisborne to Rotorua to attend classes every week, and continued to work part-time for Blackstump Logging on her days off.

“If you have an inkling about what you want to do, then just do it. Commit to it and make it happen.”

Georgia graduated in April 2019 and says she enjoyed her time with Toi Ohomai.

“The real benefit of studying at Toi Ohomai was the interpersonal learning environments. The class size was small, plus tutors are approachable and always available to ask questions.”