Forestry professionals (NOC 2122)

About this job

Forestry professionals carry out research, develop plans and administer programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources.

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People in this career work for the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions or other industries, or may be self-employed.

Common job titles
  • forester, appraisal / consulting
  • forester, district / urban
  • forester, forest nursery
  • forester, GIS (geographic info. system)
  • forester, industrial
  • forester, operations


Forestry professionals:

  • plan and direct forest surveys and related studies, and prepare reports on findings, conclusions and recommendations
  • create short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources
  • plan and direct: woodlands harvesting; road building; and programs for reforestation, silviculture, fire prevention and suppression, wildlife management, environmental protection, and insect and vegetation control
  • negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and the leasing of forest lands
  • oversee contract compliance and results of forestry activities
  • ensure adherence to government regulations and forest company goals
  • plan and carry out public relations programs and education and extension programs related to forestry
  • create and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations
  • carry out research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest surveys, forest operations and other areas
  • provide advice, recommendations and other consultative services about forestry matters to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments, or forest companies

Work environment

Key aspects of work in this occupation:

  • Work is typically performed either in a structured environment, such as an office, or in an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to many different weather conditions.
  • Examples of work done outdoors may include operating power saws to thin and space trees, conducting site inspections of forestry operations, and repairing roads.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience, mobility is possible to management positions in government and industry.

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