A forester is a professional in charge of caring for, planting and managing trees or forests. They are involved in a range of activities including restoration, conservation, timber harvest, and managing protected wooded areas.
What responsibilities will I have?
- Conduct technical forestry work including: timber marking, volume estimation, technical assistance for use of forest, sale of forest products
- Collect forest data
- Establish and measure permanent forest sample plots
- Prepare stands for contract tree planting
- Prepare contracts for harvesting forest products and other contract services
- Mark and investigate trees that are ready to be harvested
- Interpret aerial photographs of plots
- Coordinate and conduct felled-tree volume studies
- In instances of burning, evaluate areas to be burned prior to and after burning
- Maintain burning records and evaluations
- Use forest measurement instruments and electronics
- Perform pre-inspection prior to tree-trimming work
- Inspect trees for hazardous potential
- Assist in wildfire prevention
- Respond to wildfire emergencies
What education and training is required?
The majority of Forester roles require bachelor’s degree in forest management, natural resources, fisheries, wildlife, and conservation or a related field.
To pursue a career as a Forester:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, biology, horticulture, mathematics, natural resources, and computer courses.
Where can I work?
Foresters work for timber companies as well as state parks and government agencies. Some are self-employed.
Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for a forester will be good over the next five years.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations
- Society of American Foresters
- Association of Consulting Foresters
- National Association of State Foresters
- Forest Resources Association
- Tree Care Industry Association
- State Forestry Associations