Professional profile of Forestry and Landscape Engineers – University of Copenhagen

Professional profile of Forestry and Landscape Engineers

When they have reached the point where they need to do an internship, second-year Forestry and Landscape Engineering students will have completed the following in the study programme:

  • A three-week practical course on felling with chainsaws, practical nature and watercourse management, planting and taxation
  • Forestry topics including forest botany (summer and winter conditions), culture establishment and vegetation management, including pruning, thinning and clearcutting.
  • Product types and selection of tree species
  • Nature and landscape management, e.g. hydrology, registration of key biotopes, vegetation and soil analysis, machine selection, grazing animals, fencing and controlled burning
  • Business economics, e.g. components of annual reports, accounting and financial statements, tax and VAT, key figures, profitability, solvency and liquidity, investments, budgeting, invitation to tender, invitations to tender, bids and quotes
  • GIS: open-source QGIS, plotting, enquiries and simple analyses
  • Legal issues, e.g. in relation to the Danish Nature Protection Act, the Forest Act, the Planning Act, the Act on Watercourses, the Habitats Directive and the Public Administration Act

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Tasks of interns from the Forestry and Landscape Engineering programme

A Forestry and Landscape Engineering student will typically start out as an “apprentice” for the organisation’s internship host, performing the required tasks. During the course of the internship, the student should be able to work more independently on various projects.

There are several options for interns as there are a number of different types of organisations offering internships, including forest districts, municipalities, nature schools and interest groups.

Examples of tasks for a Forestry and Landscape Engineering intern:

  • Silviculture, afforestation and practical forestry
  • Christmas trees and decorative greenery
  • Nature restoration
  • Management of heaths, watercourses and ancient heritage sites
  • Dissemination
  • Conservation cases
  • Nature protection
  • Financial and legal matters

The student may work in a managerial context and/or a purely academic context.