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Forestry technologists and technicians

OaSIS code 22112.00

Forestry technologists and technicians may work independently or perform technical and supervisory functions in support of forestry research, forest management, forest harvesting, forest resource conservation and environmental protection.


Also known as

  • Conservation technician - forestry
  • Cruising technician - forestry
  • Enforcement officer - forestry
  • Extension ranger - forestry
  • Fire suppression officer - forestry
  • Forest fire technician
  • Forest inventory resource officer
  • Forest survey technician
  • Forest technician
  • Forestry technician
  • Forestry technologist
  • Resource technician - forestry
  • Scaler technician - logging
  • Scaling coordinator - logging
  • Silviculture technician

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct, supervise and participate in forest inventory cruises, surveys and field measurements following accepted scientific and operational procedures
  • Assist and perform technical functions in the preparation of forest management and harvest plans using photogrammetric and mapping techniques and computerized information systems
  • Assist in planning and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads
  • Implement, supervise and perform technical functions in silvicultural operations involving site preparation, planting, and tending of tree crops
  • Coordinate activities such as timber scaling, forest fire suppression, disease or insect control or pre-commercial thinning of forest stands
  • Supervise and perform technical functions in forest harvesting operations
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors and enforce regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention
  • Provide forestry education, advice and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations and the general public
  • Develop and maintain computer databases
  • Supervise forest tree nursery operations
  • Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.

Additional information

  • Mobility may be possible to occupations in natural resource and wildlife management and in parks management.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Forestry professionals (21111)
  • Biological technologists and technicians (22110)
  • Conservation and fishery officers (22113)
  • Supervisors, logging and forestry (82010)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

221 – Technical occupations related to natural sciences

Minor group

2211 – Technical occupations in life sciences

Unit group

22112 – Forestry technologists and technicians

Occupational profile

22112.00 – Forestry technologists and technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Planning and Organizing
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level
Coaching and Developing Others
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

2 - Less than half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Consulting firms
  • Federal government
  • Forest industry
  • Provincial government
  • Self-employed

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Far Vision
5 - Highest Level
Spatial Orientation
4 - High Level
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
Digital Literacy
3 - Moderate Level
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important