Employment in different parts of Finland
As a major landowner and employer, Metsähallitus plays a responsible role in northern and eastern Finland, since its operations have a major impact on the regional economy.
Metsähallitus employs over 1,500 professionals, around one fifth on a fixed-term basis. The majority of employees, around 1,350, are based in various Metsähallitus offices around the country. Over 50 per cent of its wages are paid in northern Finland.
Metsähallitus outsources all mechanical work in forestry to independent entrepreneurs and a large portion of forester work to forest service providers. Various customer services and maintenance and ecological management services in protected areas are outsourced to around 700 companies and organisations.
In cooperation with the Criminal Sanctions Agency, Metsähallitus employs open prison inmates in the management of protected areas. In 2015, the input of convicts in various maintenance and restoration duties in protected areas was equivalent to 55 person-years.
Metsähallitus cooperates with a variety of stakeholders: agreements on the use of state-owned land alone number over 17,000.
Exercise in a natural environment enhances wellbeing
State-owned forest and water areas provide the general public and tourists with excellent opportunities for hiking and recreation. Free-of-charge services include open wilderness huts, fireplaces, hiking trails and customer services at Nature Centres, while fishing, hunting and snowmobiling are mainly subject to a charge. Metsähallitus' efforts to promote public health have been commended.
People are keen to engage in concrete activities to benefit the natural environment. In cooperation with a range of associations and organisations, Metsähallitus offers a wide variety of opportunities for voluntary activities in managing protected areas, threatened species and game and fish populations. The number of volunteers is steadily increasing.
Support for young people's education and employment
Metsähallitus employs hundreds of young people every year and cooperates with educational institutions. We provide traineeships and learning-at-work for students, as well as contracting sites for harvester operator students.
Metsähallitus Nature Centres and Science Centres provide guided tours and workshops in support of the primary and secondary school curricula. Together with operators in the forest industry, we arrange Forest Weeks and Days around the country for schools and kindergartens.