For a lot of people, tree planting can be one of the coolest summer jobs out there. It also can be the best way to escape your daily routines and commitments back home.
Also, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience — you meet some great people, and you have the potential to make a lot of money.
At the same time, however, it can be one of the worst experiences you can imagine. It’s a physical and psychological stamina demanding job that can have you cycling between love and hate on a daily, if not hourly basis.
There are lots of options, to find a job like this. But before you apply, make sure you’re the right person for the job!
Tree Planting in Finland. The Job.
Finland is a country of trees and endless forests. According to rough estimates, there are more than ten trees per every person in the world in the Finnish forests. What does it mean?
Well, it means that you are doing a significant work for humanity. Also, it means, that this job is well respected among Scandinavian people.
Working as a tree planter. Working Conditions
If you’re interested in planting trees, you should definitely consider the pros and cons of this job.
- It’s possible, that you can make a lot of money quickly.
- You might find good friends here.
- You lose weight quickly while you planting trees in the hot sun.
- Constant activity in the purified air helps you to ease depression, improve mental function, and reduce stress and anxiety. (The best part of this job)
- You spend a lot of time in the great outdoors.
- Job last only a few months, so there is nothing to overdo.
- Business executives are very friendly and helpful.
- 0 travel and living costs.
- It’s the perfect job if you love physical performance required jobs.
- Sharing living room with complete strangers for a whole summer.
- Sometimes you need to access areas that are remote or difficult to reach.
- If you don’t like being alone, working solo sometimes can be depressing.
- Spending time away from your friends and family.
- Bugs trying to drink blood through the sweaty skin.
- Privacy. Forget it.
- Exploring and excursions. You can forget it either.
Time management plays a very important role here. Like any other job, there is no exception. But in forestry job, time gives more value to your income.
The great thing is that you don’t need to work long hours here. Depending on circumstances it can vary 5 to 10 hours a day/6 days a week. You can work Sundays if you want, but rarely planters choose to do so.
Needless to say, the better you want to be, the fewer and shorter breaks you’ll take during those days and working hours. Guys who plant the most usually have no breaks at all.
Outside of the working hours, your time is consumed up by driving to and from the living house, making your lunch in the evening, and preparing meals for tomorrow.
If you’re lucky you may get an hour or two of free time to do what you like before bed each day.
Here in Finland, the main commodity of tree planters is fishing and picking mushrooms. Everybody, who likes fishing, brings their fishing tools here.
Usually, you will end up at holiday homes. Almost always houses located by a lake or forest.
It could be a different article about living conditions out there, but the key factor to good rest is tidiness.
Being tidy is a sign of respect for the other person. Sometimes, you can find a roommate that is untidy and that can be frustrating if you are a really precise and tidy person. But you can be used to that… Maybe…
No matter how strong and big you may be in your outside life, planting will test your body in ways it has never been tested.
You need to carry your planting bags which can weigh up to 20 kg over rugged to terrain, climbing, ducking, and jumping over obstacles. If you add bad weather conditions — your work experience in tree planting becomes immeasurable.
Despite it takes a strong back, hands, and legs to be a tree planter, but there’s more to the job than physical endurance.
Tree planters need to be determined and have a strong work ethic and mental strength.
You must like to be isolated. Many planters who’ve spent most of their lives living in the city, can find it hard to adjust to the solitary lifestyle accompanying tree planting.
Being stuck out in the wilderness with a bunch of crazy bush folks. Sometimes you plant trees separately from others — it’s a mind-blowing day when you fight with your inner thoughts.
Anyway, if you’re strong enough to pass it through, you will discover many qualities of your personality.
Enough talking right?
There is no big secret here. There are no hourly working hours. As much you plant — as much you earn. Also, planter earnings will vary depending on planting experience, management, planting pace, kind of a tree, prices, especially ground conditions.
We talked about time, physical and psychological performance, accommodation because tree planting is pace work. You are paid by the tree, so the more trees you plant in a day, the more money you earn.
If you can’t learn planting tactics and get up to speed quickly, probably you will go home with little cash. And You’ll never return to this business.
Being a standard planter
Acceptable earnings for an average planter are 80 euro a day. An experienced planter to make up to 150€ a day, sometimes more. But you need to be fast too.
Second-year planters typically average 70/80€ a day. Realistically, income will fluctuate between 30 to 40€.
Over the summer season, an experienced planter will make estimated 4500€ – 7000€.
Being rookie or slow
Some lazy rookies make no money at all. Others might make more money than some experienced planters. Average rookie earnings estimated 40€ – 120€ a day over the whole summer season.
Numbers sounds very low, but the first part of a rookie’s season is generally spent making mistakes and learning. During this period of time, a rookie earns 30€ – 100€ a day.
Probably, your first week, you’ll nearly die to try to plant 2,000 trees per day. Experienced planters (“old wolfs ”) will fly by you easily planting 3,000/4,000 trees a day while you stand on a stump, lost, scratching your nose or searching for your cache.
Is Tree planting a fun Job?
Depends on you. I’ve managed to have a lot of fun. Despite, that is one of the hardest jobs I’ve worked, I still have fun memories to share.
Will be updated…