Forestry professionals

National Occupation Code (NOC): 2122

Forestry professionals conduct research, develop plans and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They are employed by the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.

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Job Duties for Forestry professionals

  • 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.

Working Conditions for Forestry professionals

Work may be performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the task. Safety measures are usually in place to prevent injury when working outdoors for road repair and tree-sawing.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Appraisal Forester
  • Consulting Forester
  • Crown Lands Forester
  • District Forester
  • Extension Forester
  • Forest Engineer
  • Forest Nursery Forester
  • Forester
  • GIS (geographic Information System) Forester
  • Industrial Forester
  • Operations Forester
  • Parks And Recreation Forester
  • Private Lands Forester
  • Professional Forester
  • Project Forester
  • Regional Forest Inventory Officer
  • Regional Inventory Officer - Forestry
  • Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
  • Research Forester
  • RPF (registered Professional Forester)
  • Superintendent - Forestry
  • Unit Forester
  • Urban Forester