Coillte's Forestry Scholarship

Are you concerned about climate change, the environment, sustainability and the future of our planet? Would you enjoy working in nature with some office activity too? Would you like your future career to combine these things? Forestry could be for you!

The Coillte Forestry Scholarship will award two students attending either University College Dublin (UCD) or South East Technological University (SETU) up to €20,000 for the duration of their degree programme (€5,000 per year) to support with fees and living expenses.

The Scholarship is open to Leaving Certificate students and mature students who are planning to attend one of the eligible forestry undergraduate courses at UCD or SETU. Applications are open from 1st February to 28th April 2024 and the award will be made in Autumn 2024.

Each scholarship recipient will also be offered the opportunity of paid summer employment in Coillte from first year onwards, as well as an option to join Coillte once third level education is successfully completed.


Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Leaving Certificate and mature students who are planning to attend one of the eligible forestry undergraduate courses at UCD or SETU are welcome to apply.


What are the eligible third level courses in UCD and SETU??

Agricultural Science BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) in UCD

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Forestry (NFQ Level 7) in SETU


Two foresters wearing hard hats and high visibility jackets holding a GHPS device and pointing to the trees
Two foresters sitting in an office working at a desk over a laptop

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form before the closing date of Sunday April 28th 2024
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to make a video submission.
  3. Final shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview with Coillte.


For further information please contact




Coillte employees share with us why they chose forestry as their career.

Opportunities for Students

Transition Year Placements

Coillte Forest facilitates formal work experience for a number of second level students each year. This work experience gives students the opportunity to experience what work is like and explore options for possible future careers.

Our Transition Year Programme runs over specific weeks in the Academic Year where we bring a number of students form different backgrounds/schools/locations together to be introduced to the Forest industry and what a career with Coillte may look like.


Students applying will need:

  • Application Form
  • Insurance Letter of Indemnity from your School
  • Written permission from your parent/guardian
  • Copy of your birth certificate

We have recently placed our students for the 2023/2024 academic year. Applications for the 2024/2025 academic year will open between 1 September & 31 October 2024.  Any student interested in undertaking TY Work Experience with Coillte please submit an email with an expression of interest, the above mentioned documents and a cv (if available) to by 31 October 2024.

Please note that due to high demand for these opportunities we will be unable to accommodate all requests.

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Student Internship Programme

Coillte offers an internship programme across its business divisions, allowing students to integrate theory with practical work experience while assisting businesses with work.

Coillte’s Student Internship Programme provides supervised career related work experience that allows students to apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a professional work environment whilst also completing valuable work of benefit and great support to the Company.

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Our Forestry Student Internship Program enhances students educational background by providing opportunities for career exploration and development of industry specific skills while encouraging personal development. The programme runs concurrent with each academic calendar. Hours of work vary and some internships can involve additional hours.

To express an interest in a forestry internship with Coillte please contact your relevant College Internship Co-ordinator. Applications for our 2023/2024 Academic Year programme have now closed. We will be in contact with relevant College Internship Co-ordinators in respect of the 2024/2025 Academic Year applications. Please note that due to high demand for these opportunities we will be unable to accommodate all requests.



Your application details will be stored for a period of 14 months in line with the Data Protection Act 1988, Amended 2003, and the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679, and used solely for the purposes of your application for employment within the Company. For more information on the processing of your personal data please see our Data Protection Policy and Privacy Policy.