Forestry Professionals 


Forestry professionals research, plan, administer, and direct forestry management/harvesting programs; conduct forestry education/extension programs; and act as consultants on forestry issues.


Work: Forestry professionals perform some or all of the following duties: , Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations; Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources; Plan and direct woodlands harvesting, reforestation, silviculture and fire prevention and fire suppression programs, road building, wildlife management, environmental protection and insect and vegetation control programs; Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands; Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities; Ensure adherence to government regulations and company objectives; Plan and conduct public relations programs, and education and extension programs related to forestry; Develop and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations; Conduct advanced research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest mensuration, forest operations and other areas; Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments or to companies.

Title Examples: Consulting Forester, District Forester, Forest Engineer, Forester, Forestry Technologist, Professional Forester, Regional Inventory Officer - Forestry, Registered Professional Forester (RPF)

Useful Secondary School subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math, English

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor

Requirements: In general, you need a university degree in biology or a related field. , To be a forestry professional, you need a forestry or forest engineering degree. You may also need to be registered as a forester or forest engineer, which requires two years of supervised work/examinations, in provinces with forestry associations., Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 10 have a graduate degree.

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