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Forester job description

A Forester is a professional responsible for conducting technical forestry work, collecting forest data, and ensuring the health and management of forested lands. They assess timber, estimate volumes, interpret aerial photographs, and coordinate felled-tree studies.

Use this Forester job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.

What is a Forester?

A Forester is a professional who specializes in forestry and is responsible for tasks such as timber marking, volume estimation, collecting forest data, and managing forested lands. They play a crucial role in ensuring the health and sustainability of forests, preventing wildfires, and providing technical assistance to industries and government bodies.

What does a Forester do?

A Forester is involved in a wide range of activities related to forestry. Their duties include marking and investigating trees for harvest, conducting statistical analysis of forest data, establishing and measuring sample plots for land management surveys, preparing contracts for harvesting forest products, and evaluating areas for controlled burning. They work collaboratively with a team of Foresters to maintain the health of forests and provide valuable insights to organizations and government bodies.

Forester responsibilities include:

  • Conducting technical forestry work including timber marking, volume estimation, technical assistance for use of forest or sale of forest products
  • Collecting forest data for statistical analysis to be used by industries and government bodies
  • Establishing and measuring permanent forest sample plots for land management surveys

Job brief

We are seeking a dedicated Forester to join our team and contribute to the management of state and national forests.

In this role, you will be responsible for marking and investigating trees ready for harvest, while also playing a crucial role in preventing wildfires and responding to wildlife emergencies.

Your duties will include measuring permanent forest sample plots, interpreting aerial photographs to assess plot conditions, and collaborating with a small team of Foresters to ensure the overall health and sustainability of our forests.

By actively engaging in these responsibilities, you will not only safeguard the natural resources but also assist organizations and government bodies in understanding the current state of our forested lands.

Join us in this important endeavor to preserve and maintain the ecological balance of our forests.


  • 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
  • Evaluate areas to be burned prior to and after burning

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Forester or similar role
  • Knowledge about forested lands and ecosystems
  • Understanding of how to use GIS data and interpret aerial imagery for plot assessments
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Forester

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