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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
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