Celebrate International Women’s Day with #ILookLikeAForester
Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse.
The Institute of Chartered Foresters is calling on foresters and arboriculturists worldwide to help celebrate women in our profession using #ILookLikeAForester.
On Friday 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day (IWD), we are again encouraging anyone to join the #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceforBetter conversations on social media. #BalanceForBetter is the theme for IWD 2019. The Institute will be proactive on Twitter on IWD, if you are using Twitter don’t forget to tag us @TheICF. This campaign is not just for women, we would love to see the men in our profession help by searching #ILookLikeAForester Twitter posts and liking and sharing.
The campaign will celebrate the diverse experiences of arboriculturists and foresters.
At present only 1 in 7 of our members are women and the figure is even lower in the wider sector in the UK. Some studies have shown that 93% of the UK workforce is male and only 7% female.
Organisations with a wide range of employees have a broader skill set, varied experience and differing points of view, all of which combine to give an economic and business advantage.
Help us rise above social media noise this IWD – we can’t do this without you!
Let’s encourage others, of all genders, to join our profession this year and together make it more diverse.
The campaign will showcase a broad spectrum of exciting opportunities in arboriculture and forestry to raise awareness, helping to encourage people to choose this career path.
Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on IWD to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play.
A special message from our Executive Director, Shireen Chambers FICFor
We’ve teamed up with leading bodies in the sector such as Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Tilhill Forestry, Scottish Woodlands and more to highlight outstanding women.
You can get involved by using the hashtags #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceForBetter with messages that defy stereotypes and spread the word on how women are excelling in our profession.
Read our mini interviews with females who excel in the world of arboriculture and forestry.
“I really like trees. I’ve traveled around Australia and the world climbing trees and competing in tree climbing championships, and have enjoyed getting to know some of the many that share a passion for the trees and urban forest.”
Rachel loves “working in a sector that is sustainable and really is thinking about the future rather than just talking about it.”
“I love doing climbing competitions and I travel around the competing and sharing knowledge.”
Forestry “has led to a fascinating career in the UK, overseas and with both the private and public sector.”
“I have won the International Tree Climbing Championship three times and the European Championship four times.”
“Forestry gives me the opportunity to work as much outdoors as indoors; in the public, private and third sectors; and in both technical and non-technical fields.”
“Forestry is a great STEM career choice for those that like the outdoors and are fascinated by the magic of trees and the many benefits they offer, as well as being computer literate and a good communicator.”
What I love most about my job is “the people and the forests.”
“It is inspiring to learn about multiple benefits that trees provide to society and to share this knowledge with individuals who want to plant and manage woodlands.”
“I love the variety my job brings [in forestry].”
“There is so much more to forestry than meets the eye.”
“What I love most about my job is that every day is different from the other.”
“It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who have so much pride in their work and so much care for the forest.”
“Forestry has an almost community feel. Being a small industry everyone knows everyone! I also love the outdoor element of my job. No two days are the same and the need to be reactive to situations keeps you on your toes.”
“I have found [being a tree officer] to be a fulfilling career and it helps me share my passion for trees.”
“I fell into forestry by accident, but I’ve stayed in the sector deliberately because it gives me the deeper job satisfaction that I’ve always been looking for.”