2122 Forestry professionals

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Lead statement

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.

Example Titles

  • appraisal forester
  • consulting forester
  • district forester
  • forester
  • forestry superintendent
  • regional inventory officer – forestry
  • registered professional forester (RPF)

Main duties

  • 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.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in forestry or forestry engineering is required.
  • Certification as a forester or forest engineer by provincially chartered associations is required in provinces having such associations.
  • A two-year practicum of supervised work experience and professional examinations are usually required before registration.

Additional information

  • Supervisory and senior occupations in this unit group require additional experience.
  • With experience, mobility is possible to management positions in government and industry.


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